A single tropical storm can inflict considerable damage on your home, from causing broken windows to damaging your roofing system. If you live in an area where hurricanes and other serious weather events are common, you must take proper precautions before a storm arises. Here are a few short- and long-term steps to take to protect and preserve your home's structural integrity.

4 Ways to Protect Your Home From a Tropical Storm

1. Know the Difference Between Watches and Warnings

A hurricane watch means there's a possibility of strong, high winds coming to your area within 48 hours. On the other hand, a hurricane warning means volatile winds are expected, typically within 36 hours of the warning being issued. Because warnings are more serious, be sure to immediately take certain safety measures. However, watches still call for further monitoring of the situation. 

2. Assess the Condition of Your Roof


When your roofing system is already in good shape, it's less likely to sustain significant damage caused by rain, high winds, hail, and other weather events. That's why it's a good idea to visually inspect your roof on a regular basis to look for things like worn or missing shingles. Shingles are the first layer of defense against storms, and if this layer is compromised, more serious damage can occur. Schedule repairs with a roofing contractor immediately if you notice issues.

3. Clean Up Your Yard

Along with the impact of torrential rain and high winds, flying debris can also damage your home. After receiving a watch or warning, consider the condition of your yard. When it comes to lawn care equipment and outdoor furniture, relocate items into a shed or garage if possible. If not, make sure these items are secured using ropes and bungee cords. Gas grills and propane tanks should also be removed, as they can pose a risk of fire if damaged. 

4. Cover Windows and Doors

In the event your home is without storm shutters, you can use large pieces of plywood to better protect windows and doors. Fortifying vulnerable areas around your home in this manner will also keep your family safe from glass and flying debris. Reinforcing your doors and windows in this way can prevent expensive repairs, while also keeping your family safe and secure.  


Waterproofing is another great method for keeping your roofing system intact. On Oahu, homeowners trust in the service provided by Surface Shield Roofing Company for an added layer of storm protection. With more than a decade of experience, these professionals can prevent water damage and fortify your home against tropical storms. Learn more about their waterproof coatings online, or call (808) 739-9599 to schedule an appointment.