We tend to think that the biggest battle in humankind is between individual humans. But actually, the greatest battle is humanity versus nature; historically, it has been the threat of the outdoors that humans have tried to overcome. And we’ve done pretty well– we have outsmarted nature in many ways, to the point where there’s little that threatens us, on a daily basis at least. But that doesn’t mean that Mother Nature can’t do us harm: it absolutely can, and especially when it comes to our homes. If we don’t take the proper precautions, then the wind, rain, and snow that the climate throws at us have the capacity to undermine the quality of our properties.
So let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. Below, we take a look at a few tried and tested tips that’ll help you to keep the threats of nature at bay.
Fixing a Hole
Your home can do a pretty good job at keeping the elements at bay, but that level of protection depends on your home’s robustness. It needs to have a watertight system; if there are holes or other gaps in your home, then there will be a vulnerability. So keep an eye on any drafts or weaker spots in your home, especially up on the roof — that’s an area that takes the bulk of the weather’s force, yet is often overlooked.
Your home might be able to protect you from the elements, but in this day and age, that’s not enough. You shouldn’t settle for just being protected from the rain, snow, and sun. After all, you want your home to look the part, too! To keep your home’s value intact, look at having composite siding installed. It can withstand the force of nature, and also boost your property’s curb appeal.
It’s not just the direct threat of the elements that you should think about. The weather can cause damage in other ways. For instance, during thunderstorms, dead tree branches can break off and fall onto your home, or yard furniture can be propelled at your property. During stormy season, it’s recommended that you do an external check to make sure that there are no threatening branches hanging over your home, and also remove the furniture from the yard (or at least make sure that it’s secure).
You can’t always predict what’s going to happen during extreme weather. All you can do is be prepared. One way to do this is to buy a backup generator. This will help you to keep your property “online” if the power goes out in your neighborhood. There is, of course, some magic in having everything lit by candles, but only for a little while…
Finally, one of the best ways to protect your home is to get extensive insurance that covers acts of nature. That way, any damage that is sustained can be fixed without having to worry about the cost. You can’t always predict what’ll happen, but you can be prepared!