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How High Wind Speed Can Impact Your Home Builds

cloudy beach palm tree blowing in windSevere storms are accompanied by high speed winds that may negatively impact your home builds. There is a geometrical science to protecting your building projects that helps prevent the impact of severe high wind speeds

Varying wind strengths will determine the degree of impact on your home builds. Here are a few wind speed categories according to Weather.gov:

  • “A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 30 mph for one hour and/or frequent gusts of at least 45 mph are occurring or expected within the next 36 hours. These winds will make it difficult to drive high profile vehicles. Small, unsecured objects may be blown around by these winds.
  • A High Wind Watch means that sustained winds of 40 mph for one hour and/or frequent gusts of at least 58 mph are expected within the next 12 to 48 hours. Check to make sure all loose objects outside are secured. Plan to postpone any unnecessary driving during this time since these winds will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. These winds may damage trees, power lines and small structures.
  • A High Wind Warning means that sustained winds of 40 mph for one hour and/or frequent gusts of at least 58 mph are occurring or expected within the next 36 hours. Ensure that all objects outside are secured. Refrain from any unnecessary driving during this time since these winds will make driving very difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Winds this strong may damage trees, power lines and small structures.”

Tips to Reduce the Impact of High Wind Speed

Florida builders are accustomed to hurricanes and understand that mother nature can be unpredictable and high wind speeds are inevitable during severe weather conditions.

There are, however, a few ways to reduce the impact and damage that result from strong winds.

  1. Reinforce the garage door
  2. Cover windows and doors with shutters
  3. Fasten metal siding and metal roofing
  4. Remove dead or rotting trees on the property
  5. Secure the shingles on the roof with at least six nails or staples beneath the edges of the overlapping shingles to hold each one down and add a waterproof underlayment under the shingles.

How Will You Protect Your Home from High Wind Speed?

Weather can be unpredictable at times, affecting your building projects. There are plenty of ways to help prevent high wind speed damage to your home builds, so how will you protect your next project?

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