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3 Ways to Protect Your Windows During Storm Season

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3 Ways to Protect Your Windows During Storm Season

We’re all too familiar with monsoon season in Arizona when the weather can get pretty hectic very fast. It’s very usual for Arizona. Just because it’s usual doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t protect your windows and your entire home from possible storm damage.

During monsoon season, your house can sustain some pretty serious property damage. All these, could make your home exposed to possible flood damage. Water damage can lead to mold infestations, damage to your flooring, and heath risks for you and your family.

Today, we are sharing some good tips and advice on how to prepare for your next monsoon season.

How to protect windows during monsoon season?

Have shutters installed

When you install you window shutters, you are permanently attaching them to you home. Alternatively, individuals have used plywood, but it is too heavy and requires installation every season. It’s just too much work. Shutters protect your windows in many ways and they offer some key benefits:

  • You can easily pull them down before the storm hits
  • There are multiple designs you can choose from, raging from accordion style to fold up styles
  • Craft shutters in a way that they do not block the natural light entering your house.
  • Manufacturers can craft them from aluminum, reinforced fabric, or even foam wrapped in aluminum.
  • While they can be costly, it’s a good long-term investment
  • You can hire someone to install them for you if you don’t know how

Special stormproof windows

During monsoon season in Arizona, wind can reach velocity up to 30mph which can raise dust up to 3000ft. Another way you could protect your windows is to install special stormproof windows. Designers create them to withstand heavy winds, ensuring protection for both your windows and home.

  • Typically, manufacturers construct these types of windows with two panels made from tempered glass.
  • They can be more expensive than traditional windows, but it’s an investment that will pay off in time
  • They don’t affect the appearance of your home. You can barely tell the difference from traditional windows
  • If you have stormproof windows, you don’t have to worry about shutters or boards

Protect your windows with plywood

The least expensive, thus most common method to protect your windows, is to simply board them up with plywood. Perform this process every storm season, so it’s essential to know when that is in your area. Monsoon season in Arizona start in July and last until the end of September. If you plan to protect your windows this way, then you should probably know that:

  • Using plywood is cost-effective for protecting against mold infestations.
  • You can purchase it at a lumber yard or hardware stores
  • When installing, make sure that you use heavy-duty anchors and screws. This should hold the plywood in place
  • Make sure that you install the plywood before the storm hits
  • Since these are full boards, you won’t get any natural light in your home

Once the storm has passed, you should do a thorough inspection of your home, looking for possible water damage. So, make sure that you check your basement, attic and every room in the house.

Expert Tips On Window Protection

Ensuring the safety of your windows during a storm is crucial for protecting your home and its occupants. Here are essential tips to safeguard your windows and minimize potential damage.

Phase One

  • Install Storm Shutters: Invest in storm shutters designed to cover and protect windows during severe weather. These robust coverings provide an additional layer of defense against high winds, flying debris, and heavy rainfall.
  • Reinforce with Plywood: Prior to a storm, board up windows with plywood for a sturdy barrier against winds and debris. Securely fasten the plywood to the window frame with appropriate hardware.
  • Apply Window Film: Consider applying impact-resistant window film to strengthen glass and reduce the risk of shattering during a storm. This transparent layer adds an extra level of protection without obstructing your view.
  • Use Hurricane-resistant Glass: If feasible, invest in windows made of hurricane-resistant glass. Designed to withstand high winds and impact, this tempered or laminated glass reduces the likelihood of breakage.

Protecting your windows before a storm is the best way to ensure that they survive when the elements get wild.

Phase Two

  • Trim Surrounding Trees and Branches: Regularly trim trees and branches near windows to prevent them from becoming projectiles. Flying debris can cause severe damage to windows, so eliminating potential hazards is crucial.
  • Secure Windows with Weather Stripping: Properly seal windows with weather stripping to prevent water infiltration. Well-sealed windows not only protect against water damage but also contribute to the overall structural integrity of your home.
  • Close and Secure Shutters: Close and secure shutters, if available, before the storm arrives. This simple yet effective measure adds a protective layer to your windows. It also reduces the risk of damage from strong winds and debris.
  • Anchor Outdoor Furniture: Secure outdoor furniture and other items that could become projectiles in high winds. Flying objects pose a significant threat to windows during storms, so preventing potential projectiles is key to window protection.

By taking these proactive measures, you enhance the resilience of your windows and minimize the risk of damage during storms. Prioritizing window protection not only safeguards your property but also the well-being of your household during adverse weather.

If you notice water damage or mold that’s starting to grow, contact ASAP Restoration for help today!