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Tips for Getting Your Home Hurricane-Ready

By | New Homes

In light of recent events, many homeowners have been prompted to re-evaluate their current hurricane preparedness plan. Even though we haven’t experienced a hurricane this season, it doesn’t mean that we can forget about proper hurricane prep, making sure that our home is ready to stand up against anything that comes our way. When we consider how to prepare for a hurricane, protecting our families comes to mind first, which means that a properly protected home is crucial. Whether you’re building a new home or you simply want to safeguard your current home against inclement weather, we can help. Here are some of our top tips for getting your home hurricane-ready.

Invest in Proper Hurricane Protection

Don’t wait until a hurricane is barreling toward us to start thinking about getting proper hurricane protection for your home. At this point, many manufacturers have a wait list and products will not arrive on time. The key to being ready for a hurricane is always being prepared. If you’re building a custom home from the ground up, you may want to consider impact-resistant windows or getting metal storm panels fitted to your windows. Many homeowners like the idea of impact glass, simply because there isn’t any installation time. Your protection is always there. Homeowners also like storm panels, since they’re not difficult to install, but it’s important to work with a qualified provider to ensure that they fit your windows perfectly. Other forms of hurricane protection for your home include:

  • Accordion shutters

  • Rolldown shutters

  • Hurricane fabric

All of these products are specially fitted to your windows to ensure a tight seal, protecting your home from wind, rain and flying debris during a hurricane.

Do a Little Spring Cleaning

It doesn’t have to be spring to clean out your gutters to ensure that they’re working properly. After all, if there is too much debris in your gutters, water will not flow off of the home like it should, which can cause problems during the heavy rain we tend to experience during a hurricane. You will also want to be sure that your windows and doors have an adequate seal around them. If not, moisture can sneak in during a heavy rainfall, so caulking around these areas is important.

Have a Hurricane Kit and Plan At the Ready

Your hurricane kit will need to include helpful items that will get you through a few days without power. Compiling a kit now will help you save time and worry later, and it can be easily stored so that it is readily available at storm time. You’ll need to include items like:

  • Flashlights

  • Extra batteries

  • Canned food

  • Plenty of water

It’s also important to know your evacuation route if you should need it. This is especially important if you’re moving into a new house that may be in a different area of town than you’re used to. Be sure to read up on proper evacuation procedures, so that you’re not lost if and when the time comes to leave.

Storm-Proofing Your Home

Here in Southwest Florida, we can’t be too careful during hurricane season. That’s why it’s imperative to protect your home and make it the safest it can be, so that you and your family can stay safe and protected. We may have lucked out this time, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Devastating storms can come crashing onto our shores at any moment, so storm-proof your home for the sake of your family’s safety and keep these tips in mind. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

The team at GH Builders is ready to build you a home that can withstand the Southwest Florida elements. Call (239) 451-6157 to learn more today!

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Top Home Building Lessons Learned from Hurricane Irma

By | New Homes

It has been quite some time since we have experienced something so powerful, so catastrophic as Hurricane Irma in our tranquil city. The sheer force of Hurricane Irma as she crashed upon our shores is something that not many of us will ever forget, not to mention the absolute devastation that followed. In the wake of Irma’s wrath, home builders across the state came to a conclusion…changes needed to be made. It’s been almost two years since Irma made landfall and there have been lessons learned in all facets of our lives. Here are the top home building lessons learned from Hurricane Irma.

Stronger Roofing Techniques

In the aftermath, it was noticed that many new construction homes weathered the storm quite well, as opposed to older homes that saw ample damage to many areas of the structure. This is true in most all areas, except one…roofing. Roofing techniques since Hurricane Irma have been seen to undergo a transformation. More expensive roofing techniques and materials are being implemented into homes to offer a higher level of protection at storm time. Metal roofs seemed to be spared a lot of damage, resulting in many builders considering this as an option for their homes, and many homeowners opting for metal roofing materials after the storm.

Home Material Upgrades

Concrete block homes stood against Hurricane Irma and her violent winds more so than wood frame homes. This is why you’ll see many home builders choosing concrete block and implementing concrete construction in many areas of the home. These include:

  • Concrete block exterior walls

  • Concrete culverts and aprons

  • Concrete covered lanais

  • Concrete driveways, walkways and entryways

New construction homes are also including either impact-resistant glass or storm panels with the home to make it easier for homeowners to stay protected during a storm. In not having to go out and buy storm panels, this can ensure that more homeowners are ready the next time a storm is on its way.

Flooding Precautions

Flooding is a major concern in our area, especially during a storm of epic proportions, like Irma. Not only are homeowners required by lenders to carry flood insurance if they live in a FEMA designated flood zone, home builders are taking flooding into consideration when they are building new homes as well. Many home builders are elevating their homes to help alleviate the risk of flooding during this dangerous time.

New Home Building Practices

No one could have known what Irma carried with her and how strong of a storm she was going to be, but what we know now is that anything is possible. Home builders across the state are constantly learning new building practices and techniques to better prepare their homes during a catastrophe. The risk is too much for the building industry. That’s why new building techniques and more superior materials are being implemented into new construction homes, and many homeowners are seeking to upgrade their homes to withstand some of the most violent winds that Mother Nature can bring. As we prepare for whatever comes our way, we get stronger, as an industry and as a community. We don’t know what the future holds, but we’re ready for it.

At GH Builders, our team implements some of the most cutting-edge building practices in Southwest Florida. Get started with our team by calling (239) 451-6157 or visiting

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