A wind mitigation inspection is important to make sure a home can withstand top-speed winds, especially in states like Florida that experience hurricanes and tropical storms.
However, many homeowners and buyers don’t know what a wind mitigation inspection even is, much less why it is so important! Here is everything that you need to know about wind mitigation inspections!
What is Inspected in a Wind Mitigation Inspection?
During a wind mitigation inspection, your inspector will look for elements that have been built into the home that will prevent or reduce the amount of damage to the home in the event of a hurricane.
Components That Will Be Inspected:
- Garage doors
- If panels have horizontal &/or vertical reinforcements installed
- Protection for all openings (windows, doors, glass, etc)
- Type of roof covering materials
- The shape of the roof & whether or not it is reinforced + aerodynamics
Once I Get a Mitigation Inspection, Do I Ever Need Another?
Wind mitigation inspections are accepted in Florida for up to 5 years. After 5 years have passed since the inspection, the house needs to be inspected again to ensure that the mitigation elements of the home have not been damaged or weathered & need to be replaced.
However, depending on the home & the weather conditions year-to-year, it is a good idea to get one sooner than 5 years. This way you can be sure that your home is equipped with the best materials to protect it from tropical storms & high winds.
What Are the Benefits?
There are many reasons to get a wind mitigation inspection, however, the most important reason is safety. Florida homes endure extreme weather conditions, and without the proper wind mitigation techniques, your home and your family can be vulnerable to damage.
Another benefit is that having a mitigation inspection can actually save you money on your insurance by significantly reducing the cost of your insurance policy. In the event of a hurricane, your insurance can see that your home was equipped with every possible method of damage prevention.