Hurricane-Proofing a Louisiana Home – Today’s Homeowner


This 7 days, we’re aiding a Louisiana family members get their dwelling again in shape soon after Hurricane Zeta caused some important injury. We’re also acquiring their household ready for the 2021 hurricane year.

The residence belongs to David and Ruby LeBlanc of Slice Off, Louisiana.


In wind uplift exams, metallic roofs make a 140-mph wind ranking, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance, and some can stand up to gusts up to 180 mph. (3 Echoes Material Studio)

Changing the Mismatched Roof

The first project is replacing the roof. David and Ruby did their good share of investigate and selected the fantastic roof for their house from the Metallic Roofing Alliance.

When the roofers get there, they start doing the job by trim all around the eaves and putting in underlayment in excess of the old shingles to put together for the installation of the new metallic roof.


A hurricane ruined the aged French doors, so we change them with new kinds. (3 Echoes Content material Studio)

Setting up New French Doors

Then it is time for me and David to replace the outdated French doorways with new types.

The outdated French doors ended up damaged in the previous hurricane as the seal about the glass body was compromised, letting humidity amongst the glass panes. 

We commence by taking away the trim all-around the door and then getting rid of the outdated doorways. At the time the new French doors are installed, we effectively insulate the room all-around the doorway and finish it out by sealing in the new doorways.


These reusable storm panels will hold the windows secure all through long term storms. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Developing Storm Panels for the Windows

To make the reusable storm panels, we start by measuring the windows they will cover.

Future, we reduce fifty percent-inch plywood to dimensions and drill quarter-inch mounting holes into the 4 corners of each individual panel and midway throughout the longest span.

To decrease any warping, we are also painting these panels. Once they are dry, we put them in put temporarily so we can mark the place of the mounting holes on the window trim.

At every of these marks, we drill a 50 %-inch diameter hole. This is so we can put in the flush-mount threaded fastener anchors.


This low-maintenance landscape will maintain up perfectly for the duration of hurricanes. (3 Echoes Information Studio)

End the Landscaping

There’s one a lot more challenge to tackle for this few. Right after Hurricane Zeta rolled via, the LeBlancs’ landscape was wrecked.

To convey some daily life back again into the front yard, we replaced their crape myrtle trees. 

Now, this residence down by the bayou is beautiful and guarded from any storms that may occur its way. 

Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf pose with David and Ruby LeBlanc in entrance of their now hurricane-evidence house. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

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