CRG Companies Tips for Storm Preparation
CUSTOM HOME RENOVATIONS HELP PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SEASON
Most of the time, living on the coast of South Carolina offers a life full of sun, sand, and fun with idyllic year-round temperatures. Although 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 rather when a hurricane or natural disaster will strike and preparing for these storms ahead of time can help secure your most valuable investment- your home.
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 to existing structures or when building new. Here are just a few ways 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.
Roof failures are among the most common and often the most expensive repairs after a storm hits making this a key investment before the storm hits. The expense of roof damage is partly due to the cost of roofing, but also due to the cost of interior damage caused by a failed roof. Since the most important aspect of a roof is its structural frame and underlayment it is strongly recommended to remove the entire existing roof down to the decking when re-roofing. Our Tides partner, Monarch Roofing, is a GAF Master Elite contractor who can assist you in retrofitting your roof or repairing wind damage from the storm.
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.
Tips On Staying Ahead Of The Storm
If you’ve recently relocated to the Myrtle Beach area or are considering it and unfamiliar with how to prepare for hurricane season, here are some useful tips:
Know Your Zone 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. Find your zone on this Horry County Evacuation Zone map.
Emergency Preparedness Kit Have an emergency bag packed at all times with necessary supplies for at least three days in case of evacuation. Make sure to include medications, extra cash and pet supplies in an easy to carry case or bag. For more on what to include in a basic emergency preparedness kit, check out this FEMA blog about the Proper Emergency Kit Essentials.
Backup Electricity 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.
Proper Insurance 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 or tropical storm. Our team of real estate professionals can assist you in rebuilding, relocating, or building a safer home for you and your family. Whether you are buying, building, or selling, our team is here to help!