How to Protect Your Tiny House Against Severe Weather Damage

 This week's article comes to you courtesy of Ron Kane of Winterizeguys.com, and in it, Ron shares a few tips for protecting your home from inclement weather. Ron and his brother Dennis, a.k.a., the Winterize Guys, are a duo from New Jersey whose goal is to help people protect their homes from the harsh realities of winter life. For more tips on protecting your investment, check out their website above.

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How to Protect Your Tiny House Against Severe Weather Damage

In the first half of 2019, Weather.com reports Americans suffered over $1 billion in damage to public infrastructure damage due to storms. But that number only includes bridges, roads, and public buildings. Each year, millions of Americans suffer significant storm damage to their homes, including those in tiny houses. In fact, some statistics indicate weather-related incidents account for over half of all insurance claims.

While these numbers may sound terrifying, there are steps you can take to prepare your tiny house for vicious winds, aggressive hailstorms, and other dangerous weather conditions.

Wind Damage

From blowing siding and shingles off your home to completely flipping over tiny homes and destroying outdoor furniture, storms that carry aggressive winds can do serious damage to your home. Unfortunately, NOAA points out these types of storms are common — accounting for over 50 percent of all severe weather reports.

Water/Rain Damage

While rain itself typically doesn't create impact damage, any water that seeps in through your roof, walls, or floorboards can lead to serious trouble. Plus, rainwater that finds its way into a tiny home’s loft space or under its floorboards can create mold and mildew issues — which costs anywhere from $500 to $6,000 to remediate, depending on your home’s size.

Hail Damage

Owning a home is a surefire way to grow your hail phobia. Each year, hail causes over $15 billion in damage to homes across the United States. What’s more, hail damage can be incredibly challenging to detect. Old roofing can take significant structural damage from a single hail storm, but it may not show up until months or even years later.

How to Protect Your Home Against Weather Damage

1. Act Fast

When harsh storms wreak havoc, the most critical step you can take is to act as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, you run a risk of sustaining further damage and increasing the cost of the overall repairs. Damage costs can run into the thousands, depending upon the size of your home, which area of the home was damaged, and what materials were involved. The sooner you take measures to minimize damage, like installing a tarp on your roof, the better. 

2. Trim Your Trees

Keeping tree branches trimmed helps prevent strong winds from sending those branches into the worst possible place — your tiny home. You may also want to have an expert come out and inspect your trees, especially if you live on a tree-rich property.

Dead, hollow, or otherwise structurally-damaged trees can be completely torn apart during a storm, and then damage your siding, roof, walls, or even you. Having them removed is a good safety precaution, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. As an example, removing just a tree trunk only costs an average of $40 - $120.

3. Ensure Proper Water Drainage

If your tiny home isn’t on wheels and has a foundation, are there any cracks in the foundation that could let water through? Are your gutters cleared of debris? Does your landscaping allow proper water drainage? Ensuring that water has somewhere to go when it rains or hails is crucial for preventing mold, mildew, and flood damage.

Protecting your tiny home against severe weather requires some forward-thinking and the ability to act fast. While there are some things you can do to help prevent storm damage, you can't completely prevent weather from impacting your home. If trouble comes your way, act quickly. Remember, damage can add up fast, and waiting to make repairs can cause further damage.

For more ideas on how to make the most of living in your tiny house, be sure to check out some of our other articles here at smallhomefamily.com. We share ideas that include social distancing in your small space, building a cozy bedroom in your tiny home, and so much more!


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