Featured Question by Pablo Solomon: The wildfires spreading throughout Arizona and the tsunami in Japan are real eye openers. Mother nature doesn’t always play nice, which could mean disastrous consenquences for our homes.
With the natural disasters that have already struck, we are seeing just how vulnerable our homes are. How can homeowners protect themselves from extreme weather conditions above and beyond insurance? We’re turning to our Blog-Off experts to find out…
Why We’re Asking:
Green designer Pablo Solomon suggested our 12th Blog-Off question. Pablo is an internationally-recognized artist and environmental designer. While he is primarily known for his drawings and sculptures of dancers, he is also known for his environmentally friendly and soothing design work both for interiors and landscaping. Pablo currently lives and works on his historic 1856 ranch north of Austin, Texas. The ranch is an official Texas Wildscape and was nominated for the highest award in Texas for land stewardship.
Pablo suggested this question because, living in Texas, he has had some close calls with Mother Nature.He explains,
“Over the years, I have had close calls on my ranch north of Austin with wildfires. Several thousand acres burned literally up to my fence line. Since I have spent my life defending Mother Nature, I would like to know how other professionals account for potential damage caused by nature.”
For most of us, our homes are our number one asset and the biggest investment we will make in our lives. Thus, it is our main concern to protect this asset and our families. Mother Nature can do some extraordinary things, and for those of us that live in areas prone to extreme weather conditions, we want to know what we can do to protect our homes and minimize any potential damage.
So experts, it’s time to weigh in:
What can homeowners do to prevent damage from extreme weather and natural disasters?
We’re looking for information on how homeowners can protect their property from damage caused by extreme weather conditions and natural disasters, such as wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. Whether it be structural advice or protective cosmetic changes, we want to know what options are available.
In addition to homeowners, what can designers, contractors, and builders do to protect homeowners’ property?
Are there precautions all professionals should be taking when working on a home?
Do you think this is an important consideration? Why or why not?
Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!