A cabin is a place where you can get away from it all, so you need to fortify it against wind, rain, snow, and all the other elements. Here are four tips for protecting your cabin from the weather so that you can enjoy your time there in comfort and safety.
Ready the Roof
Your roof provides a lot of protection against the weather, and not just by keeping the rain off your head. That’s important, of course, but there’s more to it than that. It directs rain into the gutters and down the downspouts, leading the water away from the walls and foundation. Water is one of the most destructive elements out there, so ensure the roof is up-to-date and seal cracks by the chimney, vents, and other places on the roof. Keep the gutters and spouts clean as well. When water builds up, it can do incredible damage, making your cabin less safe and secure.
Secure the Doors
A door is a door, right? Wrong. Not all doors deliver the same amount of protection and security. Some are perfectly fine for keeping interlopers and vermin out, while other doors need to be strong enough to resist hurricanes. Steel doors with security hinges can resist high winds, repel rain and snow, and keep out most members of the animal kingdom. And if you prefer the rustic look, there are still plenty of strong, solid wood doors available that can take a beating, even in the fiercest weather.
Check the Surroundings
Do you keep a neat and tidy yard at home? Keep it up at the cabin site, but take a few extra steps. Cleaning up is only half the job. You need to find and secure things that can turn into deadly projectiles during a windy storm. When a storm is coming, store boats and other smaller vehicles, furniture, decorative things like pots, and more. Before the stormy season, remove dead or dangling branches from nearby trees that can fall and crush your cabin.
Sealed and Secure
Here’s the last of our four tips for protecting your cabin from the weather. Your cabin may have cracks and crevices that allow the wind, low temperatures, and more inside. Seek out and fill up these cracks with caulk or similar construction material to trap warmth inside while keeping water out. Weather stripping the windows and door frames ensures things stay pleasant inside your cabin. Impact windows are a wonderful investment as well, as they prevent buffeting winds and flying debris from breaking in.