Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) August 29, 2013
On the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating landfall on the Gulf Coast, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) offers five low-cost solutions for residents to protect their home against potential damage from a storm. Most of these home improvement projects are do-it-yourself tasks that can significantly reduce the greatest property risks posed by hurricanes – wind and water intrusion in the house. These projects can be completed by a homeowner or with the help of a contractor.
These projects focus on the following five S’s – shingles, soffits, seals, surroundings and shutters. (Infographic provided for each project at: http://www.disastersafety.org/disastersafety/five-affordable-home-projects-to-reduce-hurricane-damage/.)
1. Shingles - Spend $4 on a 10 oz. tube of roofing cement and use it to re-adhere loose shingles to prevent water damage to your roof decking. One tube = 25 feet of shingles.
2. Soffits - Spend $6 for 10 oz. of polyurethane sealant and stainless steel screws, and use to secure your soffits to the walls and fascia to prevent them from blowing off. IBHS research has found that soffit materials are missing in approximately 75 percent of homes that suffer significant hurricane damage. When soffit materials are blown off, the result is wind and water damage to the roof decking, attic and possibly the home’s interior.
3. Seal Gaps - Spend $2 on 10 oz. of caulk and use to seal gaps in outer walls to prevent water intrusion. Focus on the following areas:
4. Surroundings –Secure your surroundings to prevent damage from flying debris.
5. Shutters –Spend $9-$30 per square foot of openings for shutters to protect against wind-borne debris and pressurization. See what happens when a house pressurizes during hurricane-force winds because the openings were not protected. Find more guidance in the IBHS Shutter Selection Guide.
Editor's note: This release and the five downloadable infographics are available on IBHS' website at: http://www.disastersafety.org/disastersafety/five-affordable-home-projects-to-reduce-hurricane-damage/.
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About the IBHS - IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks on residential and commercial property by conducting building science research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparedness practices.