A little bit of forward-planning when you’re designing your home can make a real difference when it comes to your home’s resilience to extreme weather.
Here are some tips to consider.
Building products can deteriorate over time due to corrosion, rot, and attack from insects – with timber being particularly prone to this kind of damage. Deterioration of key parts of the tie-down chain can severely reduce a building’s resistance to wind loads – so appropriate maintenance is essential to keep a house safe during a storm.
Consider the structural integrity of products such as materials and fixings that adhere to higher wind classifications such as stronger hinges and bolts, that are less likely to blow open during a cyclone.
Just as your car needs regular maintenance, so does your house. By maintaining your home regularly, you can ensure that it’s in the best structural position possible.
General maintenance activities include:
When building or renovating, consider using a room in the centre of your house that is window-less and will be less susceptible to flying debris.
Strengthen the walls and ceiling of one or two rooms located in the centre of your home, to create a strong compartment that can be used for shelter during a cyclone, if you are unable to evacuate. Note that this situation would only be required if you can’t evacuate.
There is more detailed information, from the QRA available:
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Natural hazard resilience has long been a focus for Suncorp, with many other initiatives both existing and in progress. Suncorp Insurance’s Cyclone Resilience Benefit was introduced in 2016 and is available for eligible Home Insurance customers in North Queensland, providing reduced premiums for customers who undertake building improvements to prepare for cyclones4.
An Australian first for Home Insurance. It’s our commitment to help create more resilient homes. It means that if your home is substantially damaged, we’ll rebuild it stronger with recommended resilience options up to $10,000, in addition to your sum insured, all designed to help withstand severe weather5.
Watch this video from Steve Johnston our Suncorp Group CEO, outlining the importance of Resilience Rd.