The ferocity of a winter storm is often judged by how much snow it leaves behind.
But powerful winds can cause some of the most significant damage. A blizzard warning, for example, is only issued when forecasters expect sustained winds and reduced visibility.
Here are some ways to protect your home against the wind.
Trim Trees and Branches: Stray, wind-blown limbs can inflect serious damage on homes and vehicles.
Put Outdoor Furniture Inside: Chairs, tables and umbrellas left on a patio can become dangerous projectiles.
Inspect Shingles: Unsecured shingles don’t stand much of a chance against a powerful storm. Consider having damaged or loose shingles replaced.
Cover Windows: Securing your windows with plywood or aluminum roll-down shutters can safeguard them against debris.
Guard Your Garage Door: Not all garage doors are built the same. Some are rated for stronger winds. Have your door inspected by a professional to see if it will hold. If it won’t, replacing or reinforcing it could protect the door and the contents of your garage.
Get the Roof Ready: Gable roofs are particularly susceptible to high winds, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Owners of gable-roof homes should check to see if the gable frame has a dedicated brace and, if not, consider having one installed.