Tips for preparing your Caribbean home this hurricane season.
Every year between June and November, inhabitants of the Caribbean Islands brace themselves for yet another hurricane season. Thankfully, we still have a few months before the rains, lightening and thunder signal the start of the 2019 hurricane season.
Preparing your home and yourself will not only save lives, but also a lot of money in post-storm home repairs. Many a times we take warnings for granted and assume that any of the other islands in the Caribbean chain will be the one it goes over, however, ideally during the hurricane season our homes should always be at least half hurricane-ready. Continue reading →
Grenada roof with guttering. Photo Credit : Caribbean Land & Property
The cistern system utilised in the Caribbean is one of the most innovative and cost effective ways of capturing and storing large quantities of fresh rain water.
For the everyday Caribbean home owners, the cistern is merely an addition to the house. But, in fact, when we examine the secret life of a cistern – its appreciation is deepened and this multifaceted, pivotal part of every Caribbean homes’s functionality becomes simply – a blessing! Many islands experience water shortages during periods of low rainfall or unexpected water interruptions from the local water boards and then – old faithful, heroically, steps in and saves the day or even weeks! Continue reading →
The Caribbean construction industry has relied on various types of screw fasteners to build just about every commercial and residential property you see. While screws are commonly used in the Caribbean, are they are not always required when it comes to installing metal roofing panels.
Typically an architect or builder decides on a specific design for a project, including the roof, then homeowners get to choose the type of roofing material they want (be it asphalt shingles, tile, or metal). Homeowners generally lean toward aesthetics with little interest in how the roof will be installed. But, from now on roof installation, maintenance and performance after installation should rank pretty high on a Caribbean homeowner’s selection of roofing materials process. Continue reading →
Comfort and safety are primary concerns when building a home, it is therefore vital that the materials used during the construction of your home, particularly in the roof, are strong and durable – two characteristics which can withstand the challenges of our tropical weather.
Timber, plastic, concrete and a variety of recycled materials are some popularly used roofing materials in the Caribbean. However, Metal roofing still is a particular favorite and many architects, contractors and engineers swear by it! And for many good reasons! Continue reading →
Old fashioned corrugated iron and metal roofs used to lack style and design, and gave a building a rather shabby and downtrodden look. Somehow next to tiles, shingles, or concrete roofs they always made the building look like the poor cousin.
Not any more! Things have changed, and the metal roof (no longer iron) has come into its own. More adaptable than other materials it can have its own intrinsic design or mimic other materials whilst retaining its own special qualities. Continue reading →