Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Hurricanes for Florida Homeowners

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Hurricanes are not happening more frequently, but they have definitely become stronger over the past decade, with CAT 5 storms threatening Florida almost yearly. Here’s links to our answers to questions about Florida homes and hurricanes.

Evaluating Hurricane Resistance of a House

• How can I tell how hurricane resistant a Florida house is before I buy it? 

How can I tell how hurricane resistant a Florida mobile home is before I buy it? 

How safe is a modular home in a hurricane? 

Preparing For A Hurricane

• What can I do right now to prepare my house for a hurricane? 

How can I tell if the concrete block walls of my house have vertical steel and concrete reinforcement? 

What are the pros and cons of concrete block versus wood frame construction? 

Which trees are most likely to fall over on your house in a hurricane? 

During A Hurricane

What can I do during a hurricane to reduce the possiblity of roof damage? 

After A Hurricane

How can I inspect my roof for hurricane damage?

Why did so many concrete block homes collapse in Mexico Beach during Hurricane Michael?

What is the best emergency back-up generator for the power outage after a storm? 

Can I run a window air conditioner on a portable generator?

Why do so many more sinkholes open up after a hurricane? 

Buying A House After A Hurricane 

 Should I buy a house that has hurricane flood damage?

 Should I buy a house with hurricane flood damage that has been repaired? 

 Mobile Homes and Hurricanes

 How much hurricane wind speed can a mobile home survive?

• What year were mobile homes required to become more storm resistant?  

• Why is it a dangerous mistake to attach a carport, porch, or room addition directly to the roof of a mobile home?  

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