How to Prepare for High Winds and Prevent Wind Damage
During a storm, your home is much more likely to sustain damage from high winds than from a lightning strike. Preventing wind damage is less expensive and difficult than wind damage restoration.
If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, consider installing permanent storm shutters. These offer the best protection against wind damage and flying debris. If you do not have storm shutters, board up your windows before a hurricane hits.
In areas with frequent tornadoes, install shingles rated as Class 3 or 4. These are built to withstand high winds and hail damage.
Make sure your home meets or exceeds current building standards for withstanding wind damage. Secure tall, heavy furniture, such as bookcases, to the wall. Keep trees and bushes trimmed and well-maintained. Fallen trees are responsible for many injuries and much of the cost of wind damage restoration.
Wind Damage Restoration Cost
The cost to repair wind damage varies widely, depending on the type and extent of the damage. Patching missing siding or replacing a few individual shingles may only cost a few hundred dollars, while restoring major structural damage can run into the tens or hundreds of thousands.
Beware of contractors who solicit door to door immediately following a storm. Many are simply trying to take advantage of distressed homeowners. Call your insurance agent before you agree to have any work done. They will assess the damage and refer you to a reputable wind damage restoration expert.