Harry Cane’s Guide: Building Your Home’s Hurricane Defense Plan

Hey folks, Harry Cane here. Getting ready for storm season isn’t just about buying hurricane shutters or the latest storm protection. It’s about having a smart plan customized to your home’s needs and your budget. Let’s break it down!

Step 1: Assess Your Risk – Honestly

  • Location Matters: Are you coastal, inland, in a High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ)? Each location has different vulnerabilities.
  • It’s Not Just Wind: Think about flying debris, potential flooding – these impact your hurricane protection choices.
  • Home Sweet Home: Age, construction, existing windows… an expert helps you identify weak points objectively.

Step 2: Prioritize Your Protection

  • Smart Spending: Focus on areas of greatest risk first. This might be your most exposed windows, a vulnerable garage door, or ensuring your roof is properly strapped.
  • Layered Approach: Often, combining different hurricane protection products provides the most balanced storm defense AND budget efficiency. (Ex: impact windows on the front, storm screens elsewhere).
  • Don’t Forget the ‘Extras’: Landscape cleanup, securing loose items…simple but vital!

Step 3: Choose the Right Partner, Not Just Products

  • Experience Counts: How long has the company been around? What’s their track record with severe storms?
  • Beyond the Price Tag: Warranties, installation quality, and customer care after the sale are key to a fair deal.
  • Ask the Tough Questions: 
    • Do your techs have specific certifications or extensive training?
    • Are your hurricane protection systems up to the latest building codes?
    • Are you insured?
    • Do you handle permitting and/or any HOA-related tasks?
    • How will the installation timeline work, and what disruptions should I expect?
    • What are the terms of your warranty, and how quickly are issues resolved?
    • Can you provide references from past clients in my area?

Harry’s Pro Tip:  Think Long-Term!

Investing in quality storm protection pays off in several ways:

  • Lower Insurance Premiums: Many carriers offer discounts with stronger protection.
  • Home Value: Well-protected homes are more attractive to buyers.
  • Storm After Storm: Durable products you maintain will serve you for years.

The AHT Advantage

At AHT, we believe every homeowner deserves a hurricane protection plan that fits. That’s why we offer:

  • Free, honest risk assessments to get informed.
  • A diverse range of smart storm protection solutions to meet different needs.
  • Expert installation – your protection is only as good as how it’s put on.

Empower yourself with a plan, not just products. Contact AHT today to build your home’s hurricane defense with confidence!

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