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How to Navigate Your Insurance Policy and Responsibilities After a Disaster Occurs

Chaos often strikes unexpectedly. In the aftermath of a disaster, it can be challenging to ascertain what needs to be done and how to prioritize, especially if you weren’t prepared

 One of the first things you’ll need to address is your insurance policy to determine what damage is covered and your responsibilities. While this may not sound too difficult, it’s an entirely different matter when you factor in the added elements of stress and grief in the wake of devastation. 

 To make this process a little smoother, here are some of the key things you’ll want to focus on as you navigate your policy:

Evaluate the Damage

Before you look at your policy, it’s helpful to evaluate the type and extent of the damage you’re looking for. You don’t have to be an expert on these matters, but any details you can provide your insurance company will help the process move a little smoother. For example, what did your area experience? A hurricane? What category? Walk around the property and take notes and pictures first to get an idea of what you’re dealing with in advance. Continue reading “How to Navigate Your Insurance Policy and Responsibilities After a Disaster Occurs”

How Do The Different Hurricane Categories Affect Roofs?

Hurricane Categories Affect RoofsIf you live in Panama City, hurricane preparation is simply a part of life. Part of this preparation includes knowing what to expect with regard to roof damage. Many of our customers wonder, “How much will each hurricane category affect my roof?” In this guide, we’ll explore the answer.

What Are Hurricane Categories?

There are five categories of hurricanes. These are divided according to the rate of sustained winds: 

  • Category 1:  74-95 MPH winds
  • Category 2:  96-110 MPH winds
  • Category 3:  111-129 MPH winds
  • Category 4:  130-156 MPH winds
  • Category 5:  157+ MPH winds

Anything over Category 2 is considered to be an extreme weather event. While any of these can affect your roof, each category may cause distinctive effects. Continue reading “How Do The Different Hurricane Categories Affect Roofs?”

How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Hurricane SeasonHurricane season can be a terrifying time for anyone. When the sky darkens and the winds pick up, however, you’ll breathe easier when you know that you’ve done everything you can to prepare your home against hurricane damage. 

In this post, we’ll go over some of the ways that you can make sure that your home is protected in time for the hurricane season.

Use the Right Roofing Material

Hurricanes can produce winds up to and exceeding 130 mph, which means that your roof needs to be as secure as possible. With the wrong material, your home can open up like a can, exposing your home’s interior to the storm. Continue reading “How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season”

Do’s and Don’ts of Water Damage Restoration

Water damage is one of the most severe problems that can affect your home. Improper and inadequate restoration can lead to long-term consequences like mold or even a compromised structure. 

Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to water damage restoration.

Water Damage MBCDon’t Wait

When you’ve got water coming into your home from any source, you have a serious problem. Water that is left in place can destroy your personal property, along with the structure of your home. It’s important to get the source of the water addressed and mitigation underway right away.

Do Secure the Area

In the case of water damage from burst pipes or other sources within the home, turn off the water supply immediately. Shut down your home’s power, as well. 

If the water is coming in from outside, cover the exposed structure with tarps to prevent more water from entering your home. Continue reading “Do’s and Don’ts of Water Damage Restoration”

Top Kitchen Designs to Consider When Renovating Your Home

Are you looking for some kitchen inspiration? As one of the most-used places in your home, even a small change in your kitchen can provide a new outlook on your space. And a full remodel is a treat that can entirely transform your home.

Before you begin, you’ll want to make sure you have a plan for your space from start to finish. Here are a few top design ideas to consider for your new kitchen.

Open Shelving

Instead of opting for additional bulky kitchen cabinets for more storage, make your space feel inviting and airy by opting for open shelving. Display mugs, cookbooks, wine glasses, and more, or tuck everything away in elegant baskets. Continue reading “Top Kitchen Designs to Consider When Renovating Your Home”

What You Need to Know About Your Roof and Hurricanes

Everyone has seen the terrifying images of entire neighborhoods wrecked after a hurricane. Some of the most jarring images to see relate to roof damage. As one of the largest pieces of the home and an essential component of a shelter, roof damage can make a home entirely uninhabitable.

When it comes to protecting your home from hurricanes, the roof is one of the best places to start. Protection and reinforcement can be the difference between a safe space and incredible damage.

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Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

Have you been considering remodeling your kitchen but are at a loss as to where to start? You can scour Pinterest for hours—we’ve all done it—but with such a breadth of content and potential inspiration, it’s hard to tell up from down. Keeping that in mind, we put together a list of three 2021 trends that can help form the outline of your dream remodel.

Backsplash Forward

Backsplashes are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to get a completely new feel in your kitchen. They come in a wide array of colors, sizes, and textures that you can choose from. It’s a quick change and a great way to both camouflage and stylize the part of the kitchen most prone to food debris. 

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How To Know When It’s Time To Replace Your Roof

Maintaining your roof is an essential component to maintaining the comfort and safety of your entire home. Older roofs can fail or show obvious signs of needing replacement, but how do you know when it’s the right time to replace your roof?

Start Inside

Before you inspect the exterior of your home, head to the attic and look for some of the signs of an aging roof.

Sunlight or Water Coming Through Your Roof Boards

If you can see sunlight through the boards of your roof, this could indicate that the materials that are holding your roof together are failing. It could also mean that your roof is losing its weatherproofing properties as well.

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Secret Places Standing, Stagnant Water Likes to Hide

Standing water can cause numerous problems that can harm your home and, if it gets bad enough, your health. Today, we’re going to go over some of the common and not-so-common places that water tends to sit stagnantly.

Dangers of Stagnant Water

Having stagnant water can cause serious problems with your bathroom and your health. Below are some of the common problems caused by stagnant water:

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Why You May Need Water Mitigation Services and Not Even Know It

What Is Water Mitigation?

Water mitigation is the process of restoring a property to its prior condition before any water damage occurred in the space. The process typically involves cleaning, sanitizing, drying, repairing, and restoring. However, because every property is unique and the extent of the damage may vary, water damage cleanup can look different from one situation to the next. 

As a homeowner or a business owner, you expect to perform some maintenance from time to time to keep everything in your building in good working order. However, there are some situations (like a severe storm) that can leave you with repair work that you simply weren’t prepared for. 

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