Those with their ears and eyes tuned to the news know that hurricane Earl is just another storm beating its way up the east coast with Tropical Storm Fiona on the heels of Earl like a couple that’s too hot for the prom. While you may not live in a hurricane prone area, it’s a good time to ask if you’ve got replacement windows in your Virginia home that can put up with a storm.
So can your home take a beating? What kind of condition is your siding in, or your shingles? Virginia homeowners might not have to put up with 70+ mph winds but we still got some raging storms that should inspire you to “batten down the hatches” and get those home improvement projects taken care of.
Depending on how close those tropical storms get to the east coast, they can throw quite a storm system inland, even into northeast Virginia. It may not generate damage on the hurricane level but it’s important to be prepared.
Having sturdy replacement windows can go a long way to ensuring that moisture doesn’t get into your home easily. Moisture from heavy rain bands can slip easily through cracks and poorly insulated windows, causing extensive wall damage.
If you don’t think it’s time to replace your windows now, wait until the walls around those windows start to rot – that’s probably a sure sign that you waited too long.
A new set of storm-resistant replacement windows can also help regulate pressure changes that occur during storms. In intense storms, those pressure changes around your home both inside and out can blow out old windows, creating dangers to your family inside.
Heavy storms can also do a lot to cause flooding, so it can be beneficial to consider the age and effectiveness of the basement windows around your home. That’s one place where you can seek shelter, but if it quickly floods due to bad windows then you may find yourself in a sticky situation during bad weather.
Take the time to have replacement windows in Virginia homes installed. While you’re at it, make sure you have a safety and evacuation plan in place for you and your family during severe weather situations. Get a disaster kit and have it somewhere where it’s ready for you to grab in an emergency. That way you can keep your home and your family safe no matter what kind of weather comes your way.