Get prepared for spring storms with these steps to reduce damage to your home.  

1. Trim your trees

Cost: $400 – $500*

Time: 1-3 Hours

*Estimated cost is per tree.

Trees in your yard could pose a threat to your home during high winds. 

Have the trees around your home trimmed by an arborist. Remove branches that overhang the house and remove dead, dying, or diseased trees.

2. Get a home lightning surge protector

Cost: $300 – $500

Time: 1-3 Hours

This simple step can help save costly electronics.

Install a home lightning surge protector to keep electrical equipment safe from power surges.

3. Brace your garage door

Cost: $200 – $500

Time: 4-8 Hours

Garage doors are one of the most vulnerable parts of the home in high winds.

Reinforce your garage door with a brace to reduce the threat of wind blowing it inward, allowing wind forces to push up on your roof. If replacing, upgrade to a wind-rated version.

Note: Garage door labels, which indicate whether the door is wind-rated, can be inconsistent and complicated. Use this FORTIFIED guide for help.

4. Install protective screens on HVAC units

Cost: $200 – $400

Time: 1-3 Hours

Screens can prevent costly hail damage.

In hail-prone regions, install screens around your home’s air conditioning unit to help reduce the chance of hail damage to coils and fins.

5. Upgrade to steel gutters and downspouts

Cost: $2,500 – $4,000

Time: 4-8 Hours

Steel is stronger than its more popular counterparts, vinyl and aluminum.

In hail-prone regions, upgrade to steel products, which are more durable against hail impacts and less likely to leak.

6. Upgrade to good or excellent impact-rated shingles based on IBHS testing

Cost: $3,000 – $6,000*

Time: 1-3 Days

*1,500–3,000 square-foot house.

Replace your shingles on time―and with the right product―to keep your home protected 24/7.

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against severe weather. Consider shingles rated Good or Excellent by IBHS.

Shingles add more than just architectural detail; they are critical to protecting your home against hail. See IBHS shingle performance ratings.

These high-performing shingles also meet the UL Class 4 impact-rated standard, which may qualify you for an insurance discount. Ask your insurance agent!