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The Elements of Hurricane Home Preparedness As another hurricane season approaches, there is a lot of worry (but very little action) about how to prevent property damage. We’ve included eight easy and essential elements of hurricane home preparedness that will help ease your mind before a storm and, as an added bonus, increase your home’s value. So, protect your home from the elements…by investing in some of the elements we recommend.

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Insulating the roof sheathing in the attic with closed-cell spray foam structurally enhances the strength and sturdiness of your home. It provides insulation value, air-barrier characteristics, and moisture control features.

Who can help me with closed-cell spray foam insulation? Airtight of Charleston airtightinsulation.com (843) 225-5833 Ecofoam ecofoaminsulation.com (843) 645-2300 Energy One America energyoneamerica.com (843) 388-6260

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Replace your roofing with windresistant shingles or metal roofing. Add an extra layer of protection with a thermoplastic membrane and save on insurance costs.

Where can I get hurricane-resistant roofing? Pro Roofing and Siding proroofingcharleston.com (843) 608-3700 Homewerx Homewerx.org (843) 270-2050

Mister Sparky mistersparky.com (843) 225-5998 Smiths Heating & Air Conditioning smithshvac.com (843) 552-3772

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Invest in permanent hurricane shutters or window film. Should windows shatter, the house will be exposed to flying debris.

Where can I get hurricane protection for my windows? Lowcountry Hurricane Protection and Shutters lowcountryshutters.com (843) 822-5519 Solarworks Group solarworksgroupinc.com (843) 884-5123 Solar Reflection solarreflection.com (843) 769-6087

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Doors and windows are major points of weakness during a storm. Invest in quality doors and windows.

Where can I get hurricaneresistant doors and windows? 84 Lumber 84lumber.com (843) 881-2229

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Buck Lumber bucklumber.com (843) 795-0150

Where can I get a generator?

Muhler muhler.com (843) 572-9727

If your home does lose power, keep your family safe and comfortable by purchasing a generator. In the midst of a disaster, it can provide a little comfort.

Lowcountry Generators lowcountrygenerators.com (843) 225-6767

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Southern Lumber and Millwork Southernlumberandmillwork.com (843) 744-6281

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Wind-protected garage doors will not give way during a storm, decreasing the likelihood that your roof will detatch from your home because of built-up pressure.You can have hurricane bracing added to your existing garage doors to fortify them.

Where can I get hurricane-resistant garage doors? All About Garage Doors aagdcharleston.com (843) 313-7779

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Homeowner’s insurance provides peace of mind in the wake of a disaster. To recieve insurance discounts, have a wind certification exam performed on your home.

Who can help me save on my homeowners insurance? Allstate allstateagencies.com/kevinshealy (843) 573-4777 McKay Insurance, Inc. restinsuredcharleston.com (843) 881-2229 Ace Preferred Inspections acepreferredinspections.com (843) 849-0455

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Whether it be a permanent or vacation home, a property manager can help eliminate the stress of managing all parts of a house.

Who can take care of my home? Nautilus Company nautilusco.com (843) 647-6191 1st Class Painting & Restoration paintfirstclass.biz (843) 324-6006 (They'll help you board up your house!)

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