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Prep Your Home or Business for the Upcoming Hurricane Season

Irma—the costliest hurricane in Florida history—is still fresh in the minds of many Southwest Florida residents, it’s time to look to the future as another hurricane season is set to begin on June 1. Initial forecasts are calling for another active season, with Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science Tropical Meteorology Program predicting 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes of Category 3 or greater strength.

We can’t stop Mother Nature, but homeowners and business operators can take pre-storm season measures that may help mitigate potential damages caused by any tropical storms that hit our state in the months to come.

Water Intrusion and Wind: Biggest Pre-Storm Season Factors to Consider

Wind damage from hurricanes generally causes the most storm-related damage, but water and flood damage represents the most costly damage. That said, they generally cause damage in conjunction with each other during tropical storms. While outright flooding of your premises or business can be catastrophic, even water intrusion that seeps into your home or business due to heavy rain and wind can start causing damage at the foundation or between interior and exterior walls. Heavy winds can rip out or damage asphalt shingles, shake, clay tiles and even metal roofing, allowing subsequent rainfall to leak directly into your home or business.

The walls themselves are also at risk from wind-driven water intrusion, especially in those areas where the walls meet window casings, pipes, joints, roofing, foundations or any place that needs caulking. Stucco and wood walls should also have a decent coat of paint or other sealant, as storm driven water can seep into gaps or cracks and ultimately lead to dry rot in wood or de-lamination in stucco.

What to Inspect for Hurricane Season Preparation

At a minimum, homeowners and business operators should inspect the following elements of their homes and commercial buildings:

  • Roof—start at the top by conducting a full inspection of your roof no matter what the roofing material. Check to make sure that there are no loose shingles or tiles, or, if a metal roof, loose fasteners. Also check the condition of flashing and any sealants around stacks, skylights and chimneys.
  • Gutters—clean your gutters and make sure that there is no debris clogging the down spouts.
  • Walls—Whether wood, stucco or concrete, check the condition of your paint or sealant. If you see peeling, bubbling or cracking on wooden walls, you may want to consider repainting those damaged areas, or consider a complete paint job if the damage is extensive. Stucco and concrete can typically show some signs of cracking, but if large or extensive, such areas may need patching and sealing.
  • Windows and doors—inspect windows and doors to make sure they properly seal and replace any worn out weather stripping.
  • Caulking—old, cracked worn out caulking should be removed and replaced with high quality urethane caulk.

FCI Painting Has Expertise with Pre-Storm Mitigation

FCI Painting offers a slate of after-storm clean-up and repair services, however this Naples, Florida-based business also provides a full range of pre-storm season measures designed to protect your home from the ravages of nature. We conduct intrusion inspections of homes and businesses, and, as a fully licensed contractor with more than 20 years of dedicated service in southwest Florida, can resolve most issues that could prove compromising in the event of a tropical storm. To learn how FCI Painting can help you prepare your home or business for the coming hurricane season, contact us today online, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

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The entire process from start to finish was professional. They did a great job and left everything clean. Ryan wouldn’t leave until everything was perfect. The entire team was so responsive. I would recommend FCI to anyone. I would give them 6 stars if I could.

Bruce G

Reasonably Priced & Very Detailed

We have a three unit, two story condo building that needed an exterior painting job we awarded to FCI Painting. Their proposal was reasonably priced and very detailed. Richard Foden’s came to estimate the job and took the time to explain the process, answer questions and provide recommendations (that help us in our process). We received four proposals and FCI’s stood out making our decision straight forward. FCI crew was professional and the foreman ‘Eduardo’ exceptional. On a daily basis’s he communicated what to expect, what they would be achieving and the crews next steps. Crew was courteous and cleaned up the grounds every evening. We highly recommend FCI Painting company. Thanks

Leo G

Incredible Service

I honestly cannot recommend this company enough. I was attempting to find painters in Naples while I was still in Canada. Richard and his team were so helpful in the process, going above and beyond what I could have ever imagined. They were thorough, professional, and one of the best prices I found in the area. Incredible service.

Jeremy S

Definitely Use Them Again

Richard and his team were great to work with. They were polite, cleaned up and did an awesome job! I have already recommended them to people and would definitely use them again.

Helen R

Ahead of schedule

Very professional, prompt… even ahead of schedule. I will always use them from now on.

Brittany K

Can’t Recommend FCI Painting enough

I can’t recommend FCI Painting enough! Owner Richard Foden runs one of the finest painting companies I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. When my business moved into our new office, we started researching painters in Naples, FL and FCI came highly recommended. The commercial painters that Richard works with are prompt, thorough and professional. After working with them in a business setting, I’ll be certain to give Richard a call next time I’m in need of house painters as well.

Martin V

Professional & Friendly

Had my condo painted by FCI Painting and they did an outstanding job! They were professional and friendly.

Eileen F

Competitive & Fair

FCI Painting did an outstanding job for us and we are more than pleased with the results. We found the pricing to be competitive and fair. Our painter, Chris, was an expert craftsman, patched several areas of drywall that needed attention and helped us work through a problem we had with one of the colors we chose. We would definitely recommend FCI painting for anyone looking for a quality job at a fair price.

Donna C

Way Above Expectation

Big thanks to FCI, I had them paint my house inside and out and they did a fantastic job, way above my expectations, there employees were punctual and polite, and the work was completed 2 days before the scheduled completion date. Would not hesitate to recommend A++++++++++

Neil S

Highly Suggest Their Work

FCI Painting did a fantastic job on my driveway. They were swift, neat, and very sharp eye on quality. I would highly suggest there work and I would call them again.

Tom D

Pleasure to Deal With

FCI did a great job painting our home! Job was done on time & on budget, no surprises! Rich was a pleasure to deal with & was very prompt when responding to a question or request. Chris, our painter, was on-time each day, always prepared, cleaned up every afternoon, worked at a good pace & super friendly. Would definitely use them again & recommend them highly!

Christine C

Always an Outstanding Job

My family has used FCI in our homes and businesses. They have always done an outstanding job, neat and clean and Richard is wonderful accommodating owner to work with. I would highly recommend this company to anyone.

Valerie G

Great Company, Great Results

Great Company, Great Results! We use FCI whenever we can!


Easy to Deal With

Pleasant and easy to deal with. Did exactly what they said they would, when they said they would do it. Would highly recommend.

Christopher G

Beautiful Work

Beautiful work and very friendly respectful employees. Couldn’t be happier.

Tiffany K