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4 Home Improvements to Withstand Severe Summer Weather

Mother Nature can be hard on your home, especially during the summer months.  

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4 Home Improvements to Withstand Severe Summer Weather

Yvonne Fish
Jul 3 3 minutes read

Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes can cause extensive damage to houses and entire communities. Some preparation, however, can help homeowners defend their homes against severe-weather damage.

Here are some home improvements you can undertake to help protect your home from summer storm damage:

1. Repair or replace windows

Check the condition of your home's windows as well as the weather stripping around them. Re-caulk windows where stripping is worn, and replace any windows that are damaged. If you live in an area prone to storms and high winds, consider investing in some plywood or permanent storm shutters that you can keep on hand to cover windows when a storm approaches.

2. Install a standby generator

Power outages are a common result of severe weather, and losing power can cause further damage to your home. Automatic standby generators, like those from Kohler, turn on within seconds of a utility power outage, run on propane or natural gas and are connected to the home, similar to an outdoor air conditioning unit. Automatic standby generators keep critical appliances operating when the power goes out, ensuring you won't go without refrigerators, and critical home systems such as air conditioning. 

3. Trim trees and shrubs, and take care of landscaping 

Keep your yard free of debris and items like kids’ toys and gardening tools. During storms with high winds, debris and items on the lawn can become projectiles that damage siding and windows. Inspect trees and shrubs to ensure they’re healthy. Remove diseased trees, which are more likely to come down in a storm, and keep trees and shrubs trimmed to minimize the risk of branches damaging your house.

4. Take care of gutters

Clogged gutters can cause leaks in the ceiling during storms with heavy rain. Before storm season arrives, check your gutters and clear them of debris. Repair or replace any damaged parts of the overall system.

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