How to Deal with Windows During a Storm
The Valley Windows team wishes there was a way around it but, unfortunately, the weather is simply not something we can control. Ironically, it’s not something we notice when it’s mild or there are no disparities, but if it suddenly becomes very hot, very cold, very rainy or very windy, it’s all that we can think about. For the most part, you’re covered, and it’s a matter of complaining and maybe spending more time inside or outside than you would normally. Of course, there are isolated incidents, or even seasonal patterns, when you need to think about other things. You need to think about your loved ones, obviously, but you also need to think about your belongings and that big old investment… your home.
The Valley Windows team is passionate about giving you a better view, which is easy, given the premium selection of windows and doors we offer. But that’s only half of the process. Once our products are installed, it’s partly on you to take care of them. Yes, they’re durable and installed with a guarantee and yes, we’ll always be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about ensuring that they outlive you. And that’s why, today, we’re sharing a few brief tips about how to deal with your windows during a storm.
Storms can happen any day of the year, no matter where you live, so it’s important to remember that you’re not invincible. That said, if you follow the below checklist, you’ll be able to feel a lot more safe and ready for anything that comes for your way. Read on for more information:
- Hurricane film – Nobody likes to hear the term “hurricane”, but take the fear out of it and know that you’re only preparing for the worst. It’s a transparent plastic (very affordable), and you can leave it on your windows year-round.
- Plywood covers – They’re both cheap and popular… the best of all worlds. Make sure that you choose sheets that are at least 1.6 centimetres thick and cut the sheets so that they extend 20 centimetres past the window in every direction. This is an especially helpful tip if you live on the coastline because they’ll combat unexpected excess wind as well.
- Close your windows – This one should seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes those are the pieces of advice that need to be shared the most. While fresh air may seem like exactly what the doctor ordered, if the weather forecast says that a storm is coming, close your window. Not only will you avoid the wind and rain infiltrating your home, if a window is swung open, it can be far more likely to swing off.
- Storm shutters – metal, plastic, it doesn’t matter. In fact, they’ve evolved to become available in even more materials and styles. Do your homework to see what the best solution for you is. Better yet, give the Valley Windows team a call.