DIY Tips: New Englanders Shouldn’t Neglect Sliding Glass Doors During Storms

Hurricanes are not just a problem in Florida. As history has taught us, they can hit New England too. The same may be said for tropical storms and thunderstorms that boast high-powered winds. When they roll through the Constitution State, it is important for property owners and renters to think about their homes’ sliding glass doors.

Although strong, sliding glass doors are no match for flying debris and hurricane force winds. As such, they often break or leak. On a positive note, manufacturers have improved their sliding glass door offerings over the years. Consequently, many offerings come with impact-resistant glazing systems, specialized frames and custom glass. Nonetheless, we would like to remind everyone to take a series of do it yourself precautions before each storm hits.  We’ve itemized them below:

  • Replace Worn Out, Sliding Glass Doors with New Ones
  • Cover Sliding Glass Doors with Wind Debris Panels
  • Replace Old Weather-Stripping and Gaskets

Taking such preventive steps should help keep sliding glass doors intact throughout the worst of the storm. Unfortunately, Mother Nature may choose to disagree and leave homes in disarray. So if the doors sustain damage anyway, DIY folks may be able to ask local fabricators to help replace the glass.

As long as the roads are clear, many fabricators will visit storm damaged homes and assess glass sliding door damage. They also welcome those property owners who would prefer to bring their broken doors into the shop and do the repairs themselves. Once the amount of damage that has been done to the glass sliding doors has been assessed, they can make recommendations accordingly. In some instances, it may be safer to replace the entire glass sliding door whereas other situations may only call for minor repairs. To find more DIY storm preparation tips, please contact us today.

Do it yourself (diy) tips for heavy snow removal…because it will snow again


A few weeks ago, we mentioned the Meriden Daffodil Festival, set for April 27th and 28th.  If we’re lucky, some parts of Connecticut will have dug out from under Nemo by then.snow shovel

The storm called Nemo was quite extraordinary, hitting Connecticut particularly hard.  Milford “won,” gettting the most snow at 38 inches, followed by Oxford at 36.2 and Hamden at an even 36.  That’s a yard of snow!  “So, how many inches did you guys get?” “A yard!”  Throw in some of the worst wind we’ve ever seen (Westport gusting up to 82 mph and New Haven at 47!), and this was a storm that needed a much more nefarious name than Nemo.

Fortunately, not all storms are going to be this bad, but let’s not kid oursevles; it snows here in Connecticut.  And if you’re digging out of the last one, or getting ready for the next one, here are some do it yourself tips for snowy winter living.

First things first–digging out.  Make sure you’re wearing good winter clothing, and avoid touching snow with your bare skin, because that sort of thing can lead to frostbite.

Next, remember that snow is heavy.  It’s really a form of weight-lifting and that’s some serious exercise.  Just as you wouldn’t go to the gym and pick up the heaviest weights possible, you need to remember not to overload your shovel.  As you clear the snow from your sidewalks and driveway, remember to take it easy, take breaks, and keep hydrated!

If you have a snow blower, that part of your job is a little easier, but you have to remember to be careful.  Sometimes a snow-blower will clog up and need the packed-in snow to be cleared.  DO NOT! reach right in there with your hand to free things up.  Even with the power off, there may still be tension in the snow-blower’s blades; when some snow is cleared, it could whip around and lead to one of the 5,700 annual snow-blower related ER visits.

snow removalOnce you do get cleared out and ready to return to normal, here are some tips to make sure you get through the next storm with minimal fuss:

Check your heating systems, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and, if you can, have a safe alternate heating source like a clean fireplace or reliable space heater.

Stock up on supplies–gas, food, batteries, water, medications, toiletries.  That way, you won’t have to brave the roads because you’re out of something.  Some of this you can plan ahead for, and others you’ll want to remember to do just before the storm hits; filling your car with gas, for example, as the last thing you do before you head home to hunker down.

The phrase goes “Misery loves company,” but sometimes we think it’s more accurate to say “Misery loves company that is more miserable.”  So while we’re digging out of Nemo, we can at least point towards upstate New York, parts of which see 100 inches of snow each year, even without major storms like this.  And then we can say “Hey, Connecticut living is pretty darn good!”

To get started on this pretty darn good living, all you have to do is contact us.

Check out why you would want to relocate to this beautiful state we call home;

Why relocate to Connecticut


Listing information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. This IDX solution is (c) Diverse Solutions 2013.
Each Keller Williams Realty office is independently owned and operated