4 Tips For Guarding Against Wind Damage , 21 st Dec 2017

Gusting Santa Anna winds have been in the news a lot recently, most notably for fueling the scores of wildfires in our area. Earlier this month, many in East San Diego County were without electricity because of damage to utility poles from fire and the winds.

In addition to fueling the dangerous fires, however, heavy winds are powerful in their own right to cause significant damage to your home or business.

In this issue, we’ll talk about steps you can take to protect your property from heavy wind damage.

How much damage can winds cause?

The short answer is “plenty.” The most notable possible damage include shingles ripped from the roof, and siding and doors blown completely off. Advance preparation is key because it’s virtually impossible to know with certainty a storm’s strength, timing and potential damage.

What steps can I take to prevent wind damage?

The key is to target the weak points of your home or business. These include windows, garage doors, siding, roofing, and the trees surrounding the structure.

  1. Garage Door
    The garage door is probably the largest opening in your home or business, so it’s no surprise that damage to it can spell damage for the rest of the structure. Because it’s essential to make sure your garage door is up to current wind load standards, it makes sense to have a professional come by and inspect yours.
  2. Roof
    Make sure that the roof sheathing is securely nailed to the structure frame, and that the connection between your roof and the walls is capable of keeping the wind updrafts from actually elevating the roof.
  3. Windows and Doors
    Steel or aluminum storm shutters are excellent additions to windows and doors because they can be closed quickly so that airborne objects will not shatter glass.
  4. Shingles
    It’s imperative that your home or business has shingles that are securely in place. If you lose merely a few shingles, your structure will be vulnerable to the rain and other elements, and will then need emergency roof repair. Each of your shingles should be secured by at least six nails or staples, and you should have a waterproof lining underneath the shingles for an added layer of protection.


While San Diego is certainly a wonderful place to live – and we’re proud to call this city our home – there’s no getting around the fact that we’re exposed to some of nature’s most dangerous elements.

If your property has been damaged, remember that the professionals here at J&M Keystone in San Diego are the ones to call to get your house looking and feeling like home again.

We’re available 24/7, so call us at 800-368-2757.


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