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How to Build Your Home in a Tough Weather Environment

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A home is a huge investment and a place to call your own through the sunniest and rainiest of times. Building your home to withstand tough weather ensures that you will be comfortable no matter what. You cannot control the storms that come, but careful construction can protect your precious home and you inside it!

Make Sure It’s Sealed 

Strong roofing and building material are of almost no use unless you properly seal your home. Failure to seal your home can result in major leaks, water damage, extreme temperatures entering your home, wind-blown shingles, and more. Sealing may not seem like a big deal since it often isn’t seen from the outside, but it makes all the difference in tough weather environments. In addition to ensuring your house is properly sealed when it is built or when you move in, it is important to keep checking the sealing since most seals are made from rubber which can shrink in heat or break with age, creating gaps in your sealing for leaks and other problems.

Use Longer-Lasting Materials

It can be tempting to buy less expensive materials when building a home, especially since there are so many costs involved. However, investing in longer-lasting, usually more expensive materials will help hold your house together in extreme weather. For example, a metal roof can last up to 50 years compared to only up to 20 for an asphalt roof. A strong metal roof would greatly benefit your home because a roof protects the rest of the home from strong winds, rain, hail, and other extreme weather.

Build on a Strong Foundation 

Extreme weather doesn’t just affect the outside of your home, but also the ground beneath. Strong rains, flooding, earthquakes, and other natural phenomena or weather can compromise the ground. Saturated soils or unsettled earth can result in landslides, which can shift and ruin your entire house despite what materials it’s made of. Research what types of weather and natural phenomena are typical in that neighborhood. If possible, purchase land that isn’t prone to becoming compromised. If not, take measures to build your house on a strong foundation to ensure that, even as the earth around shifts and slides, your home will continue to stand tall.   

Your home should be a place of comfort, no matter what the world or the weather is like outside. It should be a haven for you and your loved ones. Take time and safety measures when building your house to secure your happiness at home.     

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