Whether you are up in Boulder, or across the Front Range, because we live on the plains, we’re always at risk for wind damage to our homes and other belongings.
So how do you protect your home from wind damage?
Start at the top. The more open and exposed an item is, the more at risk it is. Your roof is one of the most vulnerable parts, and must be strong and in top shape to avoid the need for wind or storm damage restoration . If you have an older roof, have it inspected regularly for loose shingles or tiles.
A leak in your roof, no matter how small, can allow water into your attic or rafters, and begin even more extensive damage. While your roof may appear fine from the outside, if a small leak allows rain and water to accumulate in your attic, you could soon find yourself with mildew, mold and rotting issues.
Your windows, doors, and foundation are also at risk. Seal all cracks, and make sure you have insulated and caulked the surrounding edges.
Take a look around your yard as well. The spring is a great time of year to bring out your tables, chairs and other lawn items. Make sure all items are secure and heavy enough to stay put under normal conditions. Never leave an umbrella up when not in use as it can easily be picked up and turned into a missile-like object.
It’s also a good idea to clean up your landscaping. Remove dead bushes, tree limbs and other debris from around your yard. Not only do these items become dangerous as they break loose and fly during heavy winds, but they can also become a fire hazard when they accumulate near your home.