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CRG Companies Tips for Storm Preparation

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Custom Home Renovations Help Prepare For Hurricane Season how-to-prepare-for-a-hurricane-in-myrtle-beach

Most of the time, living on the coast of South Carolina offers a life of sand, sun, and fun with idyllic year-round temperatures. Though for a few months out of the year, our beach communities have to prepare for the threat of hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricane season officially runs from June through November. During this season, our coastal communities can see heavy rainfall, high winds, and flooding. It is not a matter of if, but when a hurricane or natural disaster will strike and preparing for these storms can help secure your most valuable investment- your home.

Structurally Sound

Don’t wait for a hurricane to be on the horizon before making sure you and your home are prepared! If there’s a chance your home may not be structurally sound, whether from previous exposure to storm damage, age, or poor construction, it’s a wise investment to have it inspected. Remodeling to prevent damage to your home is a wise investment for the long-term. Our CRG construction team is experienced with modern practices and cutting edge products to implement into new or existing homes that are proven to protect during destructive storms.

Securing For The Future

There are endless ways to secure your home either when building new or to existing structures. Here are just a few that can easily help protect your home:

  • Impact windows are manufactured to withstand the most brutal weather conditions along with wind-borne debris. An alternative to impact windows would be hurricane shutters. One of the main causes of hurricane damage is the penetration of the windows and doors from flying debris. In addition to the visual damage from flying debris, gusty winds entering the home can also cause lift on the roof and outward pressure on the walls.

  • myrtle-beach-monarch-roofing-remodel-repairThe most important aspect of a roof is its structural frame and underlayment. When re-roofing, it is strongly recommended to remove the entire existing roof down to the decking to check and/or upgrade the roof structure and to install a proper base layer to serve as a secondary water barrier. Our vendor network partner, Monarch Roofing, is a GAF Master Elite contractor who can assist you in retrofitting your roof or repairing wind damage from the storm. Roof failures are among the most common and often the most expensive repairs after a storm partly due to the cost of roofing, but also the cost of interior damage caused by a failed roof making this a key investment before the storm hits!

  • Installing a backup generator provides comfort and safety when there’s a lose of power. Losing power can be a major inconvenience and can take days for service workers to repair. With a generator and an automatic transfer switch, no human intervention is required for the transfer of power from your home utilities to the generator. Automatic transfer switches can be used to power an entire home or a panel containing specific emergency circuits. Generators allow power to stay active assuring your security system is reliable, the food in your fridge to stay fresh, the temperature in your home to remain comfortable, and communication devices to remain charged for use. A generator isn’t just a backup plan, it’s a precaution.

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Tips On Staying Ahead Of The Storm

If you’ve recently relocated to the Myrtle Beach area or considering it and are unfamiliar with how to prepare for hurricane season, here are some tips:

  • Become familiar with your evacuation zone and the risks involved in choosing to stay behind. In the event of an issued evacuation, you should know the evacuation route including nearby shelter locations and leave as soon as possible.
  • Have an emergency bag packed at all times with necessary supplies for at least three days. Don’t forget the needs of pets!
  • Power grids are often affected by severe weather causing wide-spanning power outages. Losing power can be a major inconvenience and can take days for service workers to repair. With a generator and an automatic transfer switch, no human intervention is required for the transfer of power from your home utilities to the generator. Automatic transfer switches can be used to power an entire home or a panel containing specific emergency circuits. Generators allow power to stay active assuring your security system is reliable, the food in your fridge to stay fresh, the temperature in your home to remain comfortable, and communication devices to remain charged for use. A generator isn’t just a backup plan, it’s a precaution.
  • Protecting your home also includes insuring it properly. Know what insurance you have and what it covers. Damage from hurricanes is typically caused by high winds and flooding which most homeowners policies do not cover! Make sure that you have appropriate insurance coverage for your home in the event of a major storm and that many flood insurance policies require a waiting period before the insurance is effective.

Build Or Buy A Safer Home

Contact us today to discuss how to best keep your home, belongings, and family safe in the event of a hurricane. We can assist you in rebuilding, relocating, or building a safer home. CRG Companies goal is to help you whether that be repairing or starting new and our team is here to help!

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