The state of Florida is subjected to frequent hurricanes and other severe weather events, so it’s important for local residents to be aware of the risks. In our experience here at On-Deck Restoration LLC, many people focus on the risks of water damage or lighting strikes without paying attention to the equally (or even more) severe risk of wind damage.
We have put together this article to cover some essential information about wind damage and what you can do to minimize your risk.
- What Is Wind Damage? – When we talk about wind damage, we are referring to damage caused by straight-line winds with speeds over 50 mph. While tornadoes have high winds that also cause serious damage, tornado damage is given its own category because the nature of the damage is often different.
- What Are Some Examples of Wind Damage? – Examples of wind damage include fallen branches or trees, missing shingles or sheared-off roofs, and impact damage from flying debris. It is possible to reduce the risk of some forms of wind damage—for example, by keeping your trees properly trimmed and removing them if necessary, by securing outdoor furniture, and by maintaining your roof.
- Who Is Most at Risk of Wind Damage? – Those who live in mobile homes are at an increased risk of wind damage. Hurricane winds can exceed 100 mph and are often powerful enough to lift mobile homes off their moorings. If you live in a mobile home, we encourage you to evacuate during hurricanes for your own safety—our team can restore any damage after the storm is over.