Extreme weather is a serious concern for homeowners, as it can have a significant impact on the safety, comfort, and financial well-being of individuals and families.
Extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and severe storms can cause extensive damage to homes. High winds, heavy rain, and flooding can result in roof damage, structural damage, and damage to windows and doors, leading to costly repairs or even the need for complete reconstruction.
Loss of Belongings
Floodwaters, in particular, can lead to the destruction of furniture, electronics, appliances, and sentimental items that are difficult or impossible to replace.
Tornadoes and hurricanes can result in flying debris and falling trees that can cause injury or death. Flooding can lead to waterborne diseases and the risk of drowning.
In the aftermath of extreme weather events, homeowners may be forced to temporarily or permanently leave their homes due to damage or unsafe conditions. This can be emotionally and financially challenging, requiring temporary housing arrangements.
Repairing or rebuilding a home after extreme weather can be costly. Many homeowners may not have adequate insurance coverage to fully cover the expenses, resulting in significant financial strain.
Increased Insurance Costs
Frequent extreme weather events can lead to increased insurance premiums, making it more expensive for homeowners to maintain their coverage.
Reduced Property Value
Homes in areas prone to extreme weather events may experience a decline in property value, making it difficult to sell or refinance.
Dealing with the aftermath of extreme weather can be emotionally taxing. The loss of a home, personal belongings, and the disruption to daily life can lead to stress, anxiety, and emotional trauma for homeowners and their families.
Extreme weather can lead to increased energy costs. For example, extremely hot or cold weather may require homeowners to use heating or cooling systems more intensively, resulting in higher utility bills.
Extreme weather events can also have broader environmental impacts. For example, flooding can lead to contamination of water sources and damage to ecosystems, which can affect the overall quality of life in a region.
Extreme weather can damage infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and utilities. This can disrupt transportation and access to essential services, affecting homeowners' daily lives.
Seasonal extremes. Unpredictable changes. Stronger, longer impacts on exteriors. Building resilience is your new best defense. And that begins with the proper products for a variety of situations.
If you’re expecting a windstorm, be sure to examine your roof for any weak points or trouble signs like loose shingles or flashing. If you spot any areas of concern, contact a professional to make necessary repairs or replacements.
Tornados and Hurricanes
High velocity winds can rip materials right off your home and turn branches, building materials, rocks, and debris into dangerous, destructive missiles. Inspect your roof before and after every major storm to assess vents, gutters, and chimneys for heavy damage. Trim overhanging trees near your home: with 100+ mph winds, even healthy trees are at risk of storm damage. In general, tree branches should not be within six feet of your home.
The best way to prepare for an ice storm? Be proactive. Keep roof edges and gutters clear of debris. Clogged gutters cause ice to accumulate, which can push debris under the edges of your roof, creating an entry point for moisture, bacteria, insects, and even animals like squirrels and bats. Hire a professional to trim trees and branches close to the roof to avoid the accumulation of leaves and possible damage from falling limbs.
Wildfires and Fire Storms
Homes in fire-prone areas need to keep shrubbery down to a minimum. Xeriscaping – the art of reducing the need for irrigation by landscaping with different types of rocks and gravel – is an eco-friendly and fire-safe option.
Achieve top-to-bottom protection: from below grade and elevated deck waterproofing to low-slope roofing.
Complete the envelope with a portfolio of versatile interior options, including air barriers, wall systems, and targeted insulation.
The first line of defense: strong, flexible, fire-resistant GlasRoc® Sheathing. Inside, moisture and high humidity are no match for GlasRoc Tile Backer, GlasRoc Interior, and M2 Tech drywall panels
We're tuned to your climate. Help ensure long-term well-being and comfort with products such as MemBrain™, a continuous air barrier and smart vapor retarder.
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Shielding Homes Against All Weather Challenges
Grace Ice & Water Shield
Grace Ice & Water Shield® protects a homeowner's roof from the damaging effects of water intrusion due to wind-driven rain and ice dams because it forms a watertight seal around fasteners used to install shingles and other roof coverings. Grace Ice & Water Shield® is designed to perform for the life of the roof covering.
WinterGuard® waterproofing shingle underlayment is the solution for winning the battle against water penetration in your roof’s most vulnerable places.
Mold, mildew and water damage are a home’s worst enemies. An effective weather barrier system defends against these problems by resisting moisture penetration and air infiltration while allowing water vapor to dissipate. CertainTeed CertaWrap offers the industry’s best combination of all of these properties, helping you defend against moisture and the elements during construction, and preventing moisture buildup – from inside and outside the home – after cladding is applied.