Bad Weather? Build Above Code
Canada's Top 10 Weather Stories for 2009 have been released by Environment Canada, and some of the ground-breaking news would make you think twice about where you choose to buy a home or, at the least, about the types of renovations you're doing.
Some scary weather highlights from the year just passed:
- For the first time in nine years, multiple deaths from tornadoes occurred in Canada
- Hamilton, Ontario saw more than 100 mm of rain fall in 90 minutes!
- Property damage from weather extremes cost Canadian insurers millions of dollars – one of the most expensive years ever
- An Alberta hail storm was likely the second or third most expensive weather event in Canadian history
- Major ice-jam flooding in Manitoba along the Red River, and in New Brunswick along the Saint John River
While there's nothing you can do to prevent the howling winds and precipitation that wrack our nation, you might consider going beyond the building code when you are having renovations done to your home.
Despite the additional cost involved in reinforcing your foundation, walls, windows and roof, that investment is your best protection (aside from insurance) from the potential risks of intense precipitation, erratic winter temperatures, drought, flooding and even hurricanes and tornadoes. Advanced materials, building techniques are all worth investigating - whether it's a brand new home or older home you purchase.
Jeremy Moore, Sales Respresentative
Century 21 United Realty*
Office: 705 743 4444
Cell: 705 931 0893
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