Florida is prone to having hurricane-related and wind issues. For this reason, residents of Florida tend to secure their doors and windows to avoid being victims of these issues.
But we forget the most important area of our home that offers the first defense against weather elements- the roof.
For maximum protection against weather elements, it is important to get a wind mitigation inspection.
This inspection is basically a visual examination of your home’s wind-resistant features. As far as the roof is concerned, these features consist of:
- Roof covering
- Roof to wall attachments
- Roof to deck attachment
- The roof secondary water resistance
- Roof shape
- Opening protections which may be doors/windows, sunroofs, garages, etc.
- Compliance with building codes is also evaluated
- And much more
All these features may seem minor, but they come in handy when a hurricane or windstorm strikes. For this reason, it is important to get this inspection before getting a quote for a home you intend to buy.
Who Does The Inspection?
This inspection can only be done by a licensed contractor.
In case you’re purchasing a home, the home inspector can double up and also carry out the 4-point inspections. You can be lucky to get a discount when you carry multiple inspections at the same time.
The biggest reason people carry out this kind of inspection is to save money on insurance premiums.
Though not a requirement when getting home insurance, windstorm mitigation inspection can substantially reduce the cost of your insurance policy. How so?
The inspection is a determinant of how wind resistant your home can be in times of hurricanes. And if your home proves to be strong, your premiums will be lower.