As we highlighted in our last article, tornadoes are one of nature’s most destructive forces, capable of causing widespread devastation in minutes. In this blog, we will discuss ways your home can sustain damage in a tornado and how to take proactive measures to protect your home and minimize the impact of such a catastrophic event.
One of the most common types of damage tornadoes inflict on homes is to the roofs and walls. High-speed winds can lift shingles, tiles, or metal sheets, leaving the interior of the house exposed to further damage.
Tornado-force winds can propel debris at high velocities, causing windows and doors to shatter. Once these entry points are compromised, the wind pressure inside the house can lead to additional structural failures. In severe cases, tornadoes can cause complete structural collapse. The combination of powerful winds and the structural weaknesses of a building can result in partial or total destruction.
Protecting Your Home
Strengthening the weak points of your home can significantly reduce the risk of damage during a tornado. Securing roof trusses, reinforcing garage doors, and bracing walls are essential steps in fortifying your home.
Storm shutters offer a strong barrier against high-speed projectiles during a tornado. Installing storm shutters over windows and glass doors can prevent breakage and protect the interior of your home.
Designating a safe room within your home provides a secure space for your family during a tornado. Basements or small, windowless interior rooms on the ground floor are ideal choices for a safe retreat.
Lastly, reviewing your home insurance policy is crucial to understanding what is covered in case of tornado damage. Ensure you are familiar with the coverage limits of your insurance policy and the amount they will pay for certain types of damage.