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I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff and Blow Your House Down

During the hurricane season, homeowners in the Gulf and Mid-Atlantic states are at high risk of severe structural damage from the high winds and rain associated with hurricanes and tropical storms. Here are a few ideas to help protect your home.

Here are some tips to help protect your home before a storm hits:

·Disconnect and remove your exterior antenna.

·Resecure loose or damaged shingles, and seals around flashings, chimneys and vents.

·Fix or replace loose or damaged planks of siding.

·Clean out debris from gutters and downspouts and be sure they are secure.

If you’re building a new home or an addition to an existing coastal home, consider using these new Owens Corning construction materials to help you weather the storm.

·WeatherGuard® High Wind 110 Roofing System – When installed as part of a complete roofing system, WeatherGuard High Wind 110 shingles and WeatherGuard High Wind 110 Hip and Ridge shingles create a roof that can withstand 110-mile-per-hour winds.

·PinkFormXtra™ Insulated Concrete Wall System – Instead of traditional wood, PinkFormXtra is an insulated concrete wall that provides superior energy-efficiency, strength and durability. Texas Tech University’s Wind Engineering Research Center found that concrete walls bombarded with 250-mph flying debris sustained no structural damage.

But what if a storm hits before you can prepare your home? Here are a few tips:

·Make a list and take photos of the damaged areas.

·Contact your insurance company to see if the damage is covered by your homeowner’s policy.

·Use a tarp to cover a leaky roof to protect it from additional water damage.

·Make temporary fixes until a professional can repair the damage.

Do you need a contractor to help with creating your storm-resistant home or making storm repairs?

·One of the easiest ways to find a qualified contractor is through Owens Corning’s ProConnect™ Contractor Locator Service. Just click on the ProConnect™ banner, and quickly get the names of Owens Corning Preferred Contractors in your area.