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Program helps homeowners strengthen homes and save money
FLORIDA -- Rebuild Northwest Florida began strengthening homes in the panhandle after Hurricane Ivan came our way in 2004. The program is still helping homeowners harden their homes, while saving them money at the same time.
By now you've probably heard us talk about heading into the peak of hurricane season. So is your home ready? Do you have storm shutters that are cut to fit and ready to be put up? Is your garage door able to withstand winds of 150mph? If the answer is no, Rebuild Northwest Florida wants to give you that chance to do something about it.
Making your home stronger against the force of a hurricane -- that's what Rebuild Northwest Florida does.
Lindsy Milton from Rebuild Northwest Florida said, "We look at two different systems. We look at the roof system which is the roof-deck attachment, the gable end bracings and the roof to wall connections. And then we do the outdoor entry system which is the shutters, and we do garage doors, we make those hurricane proof, and we will exchange 1 door for a hurricane rated door."
All at a fraction of the cost to the homeowner.
Homeowner Dan Gilmore said, You put up 25% of the total cost, they pay 3 quarters of it, it's just a heck of a deal."
Once a home is being fortified in a neighborhood, word gets around.
Gilmore said, When the construction company come in they got interested in what i was doing over here, so they walked over and we talked about it, and 2 neighbors signed up for the program. So, it was easy."
The process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to complete.