Weatherproof your home for severe weather

By: Christine Nicholson Email
By: Christine Nicholson Email

TEXOMA -- We've had a hot summer but with the steady drop in temperature comes the steady onset of fall, winter and the severe weather that often comes with it. For this Mom's Everyday Home edition, we go window shopping for add-ons to protect your home from the storms.

High winds, the potential for a tornadoes, damaging hail...Peak time for severe weather is between April and June but meteorologist Tom Miller says the second season makes its way to Texoma in the fall.

"Really anytime time of the year we can have severe thunderstorm produce damaging winds as well, some large hail and yes occasionally even an isolated tornado and we've had tornadoes reported in November and December as well over the past 50 years so its not out of the question," said Tom.

To protect you home against the severe weather like hail, Preston Dalton of Preston Dalton Siding and Windows suggests windows with double strength glass.

"That double strength glass is twice as hard to break it out and you've got two pieces of double strength glass because it's insulated so it makes it twice as hard," he said. "You have to go through two layers of glass to get inside the house so it gives you that added security and the added security of a hail storm which can get pretty rough around here. "

The risk of water damage to your home is high after severe storms without the proper protection.

"These are waterproof too so the way they're sealed, they have a special system to wick the water away, same way with our insulation and our siding," said Preston. "We use only siding that can wick the water away so you don't have mold and mildew buildup behind them or in the case of your windows in your windows so we make sure they have adequate drainage system."

Finally, insulated steel doors not only keep out inclement weather but as Preston Dalton points out, "you don't have to worry about bugs getting in, you don't have to worry about air getting in, dust if you have allergies like I do. It eliminates those problems for you plus gives you that added security.

But take a tip from Tom, when severe storms hit, before gathering the family into a safe room, don't forget to "shut all the windows and shut all the doors in the house."

For more information, call Preston Dalton Siding and Windows at 800-733-7433.

Preston Dalton Siding & Windows
1215 Veterans Blvd.
Ardmore, OK 73401

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