How to Make Your Mobile Home More Hurricane-Resistant
Do you need some ideas on how to strengthen your mobile home this hurricane season?
Unlike those of the past, today’s manufactured homes are built with features to help them withstand hurricanes. You can, however, add additional protection to make your mobile home even more hurricane-resistant.
It is critical to protect the exterior and interior of your mobile home, as the key to minimizing damage is to take action before a disaster strikes. That is why we are going to share some important tips today on how to make your mobile home more hurricane-resistant.
Let’s get started!
Ensure Your Windows & Doors are Secure
Preventing wind and water from entering your mobile home is one of the most important ways to make your home more hurricane-resistant. When strong winds blow inside a manufactured home, they create pressure that can cause the roof to blow off. Investing in hurricane-proof windows is the most ideal option.
But let’s be realistic. Not everyone can afford to replace their windows!
Installing removable shutters is a cost-effective way to secure windows and doors. If you don’t have it in your budget to invest in shutters, you can make do with plywood. Plywood shields your door and window frames from the elements. Taking accurate measurements is also essential for your frames to effectively protect your windows.
Clean Up Your Yard
It is critical to thoroughly inspect and remove any movable items from your front and back yards. The winds of a hurricane have the potential to lift items and launch them toward your mobile home. The worst-case scenario is that any damage to your exterior structure allows winds and water to then enter your home.
Some common items you would need to move include (but are not limited to):
- Potted plants
- Patio furniture
- Barbeque pit
- Garbage cans
- Lawn decor
Inspect & Secure Your Tie-Downs
Making sure your tie-downs are secure is probably the most important step you can take in making your mobile home more hurricane-resistant. Tie-downs are anchors and straps that keep your house standing during high winds, like those of hurricanes. Poorly installed tie-downs raise the possibility of your house collapsing or sliding.
When inspecting your tie-downs you should double-check their tightness and replace any anchors or tie-downs that show signs of damage or corrosion. Check that they are rated for the types of winds that can be expected in your area. If you don’t feel comfortable being the judge, then consider hiring a professional well before hurricane season arrives.
Reinforce Wall Joints & Cracks
Wall joints are the points where walls meet the floor and other surfaces. Water leakage into the house can be caused by cracks in these joints. As a result, you must repair these joints and fill any gaps that exist.
It is best to hire a professional to properly strengthen and fill the cracks. However, if you are confident in your abilities, you can do it yourself.
Maintain Your Mobile Home’s Roof
Maintain the roof of your mobile home in good condition, with all edges securely fastened and all holes properly patched and sealed. If your roof is weak or damaged, it can easily be carried away by hurricane debris.
Consider roof sheathing if you want to go a step further in hurricane protection. For strong sheathing, thick plywood panels are best. Regardless of the material, use fasteners to securely fasten the roof structure to the roof sheathing. Keep in mind that even a single piece of sheathing can cause significant damage to your home.
So, Is Your Mobile Home Hurricane-Resistant?
Manufactured homes are built with hurricane-resistant features, but it’s still a good idea to consult with a professional if you’re not confident. They can assist you in identifying risks and preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.
Installing hurricane-resistant features is the best way to make your mobile home hurricane-resistant. However, you can always make improvements for added security. Because, let’s face it, we can’t all afford a complete rehaul. Any step toward making your mobile home more hurricane-resistant is a step in the right direction!
Speak with a member at Braustin Homes today!