Remodeling a home is often done in order to improve the home's value or aesthetic appeal, but it can also be a great opportunity to make your home safer in the event of a disaster. While many disaster preppers suggest that you evacuate to a safe location for the duration of the disaster, staying in your own home can be a viable approach as well. Impact-resistant windows and renewable energy are just two great renovations that can better prepare your home for a disaster.
One of the most important things that you will want to do in preparation for a disaster is to make your home more secure. This is very important because it is quite common for people to begin looting and stealing due to feeling that they can get away with it due to the confusion, or simply because they are desperate. In either case, you need to focus on eliminating any vulnerabilities in your home, and there are no bigger vulnerabilities than your windows.
Using impact-resistant windows as replacement windows in your home can make it much harder for an intruder to get into your home and steal your supplies. This is because these windows are built from two panes of glass with a sticky film in between them. The film is there to keep the shards of broken glass in place.
This makes it so that any intruders will need to spend more time and effort to get into your home due to the fact that they will need to break both panes of glass and get through the film that the glass is stuck to. This will cause enough noise and take enough time that you will be better able to evacuate your family or prepare to defend your home.
Another way to make your home a better place to be during a disaster is to install wind turbines or solar panels. These sources of renewable energy will allow you and your family to ride out the disaster in comfort if the power should go out. In addition, the renewable energy will be able to keep providing you with power until the disaster passes and the local power grid is restored.
A nice bonus to this is that you can offset your regular utility bills by generating your own power if a disaster never occurs. In some cases, you can even produce enough electricity that you have excess power that is fed back into the local power grid. In that situation, you will end up receiving a check instead of a utility bill from your local power company in order to compensate you for the power that you provided.
Speak to a contractor today in order to discuss the many renovations that can make your home safer and more comfortable during a disaster scenario. Renewable energy can provide you with a source of energy if the power grid goes down, while impact-resistant windows can help keep intruders out of your home.