Protecting your home from high winds

Jun 26, 2012 2 minute read

This spring and summer, we have had more windy days in Alberta and Ontario than usual. Learn how you can protect or minimize damage to your home so you can avoid being “gone with the wind”.

Outside your home

Remove debris or unattached items

During a windstorm, loose objects such as trash cans and outdoor furniture can easily be blown away. They can cause damage to your property or your neigbours’ property. Take a critical eye and look at items that could easily be swept away during a sudden windstorm. If items cannot be secured, pack them away in your home or garage.

Secure and inspect your roof

Your roof typically sustains the most force during a windstorm and it’s quite common for shingles and plywood to be damaged. Inspect your roof regularly or hire a professional to assess your roof and repair it. Not only will this help maintain your roof for the long term but it can help prevent further damage caused by a leaky roof.

Landscaping

Be sure to keep your trees properly maintained and prune any branches that may easily break off during a windstorm. Inspect existing trees for any signs of weakness and remove from your property. If you are buying new trees, be sure to select ones that can withstand wind.

Doors

Check if your exterior doors (including garage doors) can sustain high winds. Inspect your garage door track and be sure to check if door hinges and bolts are working properly. Your garage door manufacturer will have details on additional bracing kits for better stability if required.

Inside your home

Windows

During a windstorm, flying debris could shatter windows as well as damage your belongings inside your home. Consider placing protective film over window glass or install impact-resistant windows to minimize the risk of breakage. Storm shutters prevent windows from being broken by debris.

Have a plan for power outages

It is very common for high winds to damage power lines cutting off electricity. In the event of a power outage, be sure you have a flashlight nearby along with a few essential items such as water, candles and matches, and blankets. Consider placing these items in an emergency box to easily retrieve in the event of a power outage. Avoid opening your fridge or freezer to prevent cold air from escaping and causing your food to spoil.

Home insurance and wind damage

We recommend reviewing your policy to evaluate whether you have enough coverage in the event of wind damage. Our BrokerLink Insurance Advisors can help you assess your needs and ensure you have the right amount of coverage. To learn more about insurance policies and wind damage, read our blog post.