Wind mitigation is a strategy designed to limit the amount of wind damage inflicted on a structure. During a wind mitigation inspection, an inspector will look for key features of a home that predict it is less likely to be harmed or catastrophically damaged during a hurricane or strong wind storm. Building techniques such as concrete block construction, the presence of gable end bracing, a hip roof, the presence of a single or double roof straps, the presence of a secondary water resistance barrier, or shutter and opening protection can limit damage caused by intense wind, and will all qualify a home for wind mitigation certification. This allows the inspector to give the property a certificate stating that it is better equipped to endure such an event than a home lacking these features and, therefore, should not have to pay as much for insurance coverage.
A wind mitigation inspection will include an examination of the following: