When it comes to home renovations, there’s more to consider than appearances. In southern Louisiana, homes are especially vulnerable to hurricanes and flooding. The best way to weather those hardships is by preparing your home for them.
Keep a solid roof over your head
One of the best ways to protect your home from inclement weather is a solid roof. Discolorations, missing shingles, and sagging spots are all indications that your roof is in need of tender loving care. Your roof safeguards the overall structural integrity of your home as well as the value of all of your possessions. If your roof is aging and damaged, one storm could be enough to peel back weakened roofing materials and expose your home and family to the elements.
Insulate against the elements
Adding open cell spray foam to your roof deck and exterior walls and encapsulating your crawl space with closed cell spray foam will add extra protection against moisture penetration. That makes it a must have for home’s in areas with high humidity levels, frequent flooding, and unpredictable hurricane seasons. In addition to improving your home’s overall strength, spray foam insulation can prevent in the influx of air pollutants, mold, and even termites that are drawn to moist environments.
Choose resilient doors and windows
Exterior doors and windows are particularly susceptible to damage during high winds and downpours. When you’re looking to replace these elements, look beyond curb appeal. You’ll want to purchase doors and windows that are weather-resistant and long-lasting. Often, these traits correspond with greater energy efficiency, making high quality doors and windows a win-win for homeowners.
Select durable siding
Humidity and hurricanes are both issues to consider when choosing a siding for a southern Louisiana home. High quality vinyl siding works well in high humidity areas and very high quality siding is also able to withstand 110 mph winds and heavy rains. However, the very best siding option for hurricane-prone areas is fiber cement siding, also known as Hardie board. While it’s more expensive than vinyl siding, fiber cement siding can withstand hurricane-force winds, downpours, and even fire. In other words, it lowers the total cost of ownership over time.
Sunlight Contractors is the favorite contractor of southern Louisiana homeowners. We offer more than basic construction services. We take time to assess your home’s current condition and offer sound advice on cost-effective, energy efficient, long-lasting renovations. Get in touch today and learn why so many of our customers refer their family and friends to us!
“I’ve always been a DIY guy but realized insulating under my home was a little more than I was capable of myself. I had Sunlight Contractors spray foam the floors of my raised house New Year’s Day, just in time for the cold snap we had. That morning before they sprayed, the tile in my bathroom was 47 degrees! By that afternoon, once the spray foam had been applied, the temps rose to 59 on the tile and 64 on hardwood! I wish I had this done when I purchased my home 3 years ago! If you are debating whether or not to have it done to your home, I promise you won’t regret it!!! Mr. Ira and his crew were very professional and a pleasure to do business with. They did an excellent job and were very informative and gladly answered any questions I had. I’ve already recommended them to my family and coworkers, and the future I plan on having my attic done.”