Minimize Flood Damage - Install Flood Shields

Global warming is causing havoc everywhere in the world. The weather has become completely unpredictable and earth is being hit by some of the worst disasters in history. Unanticipated earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods are leaving death and destruction in their paths. Flooding often goes hand-in-hand with many of these disasters. Fortunately there's something you can do to protect your home against floods. The answer is flood shields.

These shields will offer protection to your home by being installed in places that are vulnerable to flooding. The first step is to call your local authority to ascertain if you live in an area that has a history of floods. This is even more important for homes near a lake, a river or near the beach. If floods have occurred in such regions, you may be living in a Special Flood Hazard Area.

The local authority will also inform you what the BFE (base flood elevation) of your region is. BFE refers to areas where flood elevation has a 1% likelihood of being equalled or exceeded in one year. When you have all this information, a flood shield contractor will be able to tell you what kind of shielding is needed for your home.

Glass and lightweight aluminum are the most typical materials used to make flood shields. The glass panels go through a glazing process for strength, and then rigorously tested to ensure they offer strong resistance to rampaging water. Check that your contractor uses shields that comply with regulations set by insurance companies and local authorities.

The aluminum used to make shields to protect against floods is fitted with girders to make the aluminum extra strong. This is done before the shield is assembled. When the shields have been assembled, they are welded and waterproofed. They are also tested to meet certain criteria.

You can also get a lift-out flood shield. This is an inexpensive way of protecting your home against flooding water. If you like, they can be mounted permanently, but then you would be negating the practicality of being able to take the shield out of its holder when it is not being used. Another popular option is a sliding shield. This shield can be placed in position easily and quickly.