Wind mitigation refers to the process of inspecting a building's construction and assessing its ability to withstand high winds, such as those caused by hurricanes or tropical storms. The inspection typically involves a certified inspector examining various features of the building, such as the roof covering, roof decking, roof-to-wall connections, wall construction, and openings such as windows and doors.
The purpose of wind mitigation is to identify and address any weaknesses or vulnerabilities in a building's construction that could potentially result in wind damage during a severe storm. By making improvements to a building's construction, such as strengthening the roof or reinforcing wall connections, the building is better able to withstand high winds, reducing the risk of damage or destruction.
Wind mitigation can save you money in a few ways. Firstly, many insurance companies offer discounts on premiums for homes or buildings that have undergone a wind mitigation inspection and have implemented recommended improvements. The discounts can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars per year, depending on the location and risk level of the property.
Secondly, by making improvements to a building's construction, the property owner can reduce the risk of damage or destruction during a severe storm, which can result in significant savings in repair or replacement costs. Finally, in some cases, local governments may offer financial incentives or grants to property owners who undertake wind mitigation improvements, further reducing the costs associated with making the improvements.