JACKSONVILLE, FL (December 2003) With the
2003 hurricane season over and winter storm season on the horizon,
owners of historic homes in North Florida can make special preparations
to ensure their older homes weather this region's seasonal storms.
"In hurricane season and beyond, it's important to be proactive
and take steps to make sure historic homes are prepared as best
as possible to withstand the high winds and rain associated with
hurricanes and Noreasters," said Tom Turnage, president of
Turnage Co. has been caring for and restoring homes in North Florida's
historic neighborhoods for more than a decade. While historic homes
face the same storm damage all homes face, older homes are can be
particularly susceptible in certain areas.
Turnage Co. offers these tips:
Prune trees. Since many of North Florida's older homes are located
in areas that boast plentiful trees, Turnage Co. recommends keeping
trees pruned. "In many of our historic neighborhoods, there
are gorgeous old trees," said Turnage. "It's important
to keep them trimmed and pruned. When there are storms with heavy
wind and rain, the leaves get saturated and weigh the limbs. Keeping
them trimmed back can minimize this. In the event that strong winds
force limbs down, you want to make sure you're taking precautions
to curb the damage they can cause to your home - or your neighbor's
Replace loose shingles. Being diligent about replacing loose shingles
can make a difference. "In older homes, we recommend replacing
and securing loose shingles throughout the year, but especially
during the stormy season," said Turnage.
Fire Safety. Fireplaces add character to historic homes, but they
can also be hazardous if not maintained. "As we enter the winter
season, make sure your chimney is cleaned each year, and that you've
got a proper screen to protect against flyway embers," said
Gutters. Drainage following a storm can wreck havoc on an older
home if gutters haven't been properly maintained. Clean gutters
on a regular basis, but particularly before or after storm season.
Turnage also recommends installing storm shutters to further protect
Turnage Co. is an award-winning, full-service, design/build construction
company based in Jacksonville, Florida. Since inception in 1989,
Turnage Co. has planned, designed and/or constructed hundreds of
high quality projects including residential and commercial remodeling,
custom homes, office buildings and historical restorations. For
more information, visit http://www.turnageco.com/. You may also
call the Avondale/Ortega office at (904) 387-0770, or the San Marco
location at (904) 399-0411.
Tom Turnage, Turnage Co.
4114 Herschel Street, Ste. 100
Jacksonville, FL 32210
(904) 389-8383 fax