The Cayman Islands are nestled in the Caribbean Sea, boasting white-sand beaches, shimmering waters, and a laidback lifestyle to be enjoyed by all, whether they be locals, expatriates, or vacationers. It’s truly no wonder why many come to visit and come to live.
The Cayman Islands are comprised of three main islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. While all three islands are unique in their own ways, Grand Cayman is the largest in physical size, population, and popularity. One of the most attractive features for all three islands, however, is the weather and climate.
Weather and Climate in the Caymans
The Islands experience over 300 days of sunshine per year and only 46 inches of rain. The average annual temperature range is 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
While the Cayman sunshine is indeed an alluring feature, the rainy or “wet” season is one to take note of, especially for those considering moving permanently and even researching houses for sale in Grand Cayman or elsewhere in the Caymans. This season is from May to October (and occasionally a bit into November).
The rainy season is when the Islands experience the majority of their annual rainfall, and that, unfortunately, includes occasional hurricanes and tropical storms. These storms hit the Cayman Islands approximately 1.71 times per year. While that isn’t a hefty statistic (thankfully), you should still weather-proof your Cayman home to keep it and yourself safe!
Let’s take a look at some key ways of weather-proofing your Cayman home so that whether you are residing there or jet-setting elsewhere while someone rents out your home, you can rest easy knowing your home is safe and secure from storms.
Steps for Weather-Proofing Your Cayman Home
1.Clear Out Drains and Gutters
One of the most important tasks for protecting your home from rain damage is by clearing out the drains and gutters on your roof. If these aren’t properly cleaned, they can cause roof leaks– and even short circuit your home. You can either clean them out yourself or hire a professional to get the job done right.
2.Check Your Drainage System
To best keep your home dry and safe during the rainy season and to disallow flooding as much as possible, you should have a properly functioning drainage system in place. On top of checking your gutters and drains, you may need to add pavers in your yard to ensure the water is taken far away from your home and not accumulating in the wrong location.
3.Check Roof for Other Issues
While you’re at it, you should make sure that there are no other potential areas where leaks can occur, like in slipped tiles or other cracks. We recommend hiring a professional to do it so there is very little room for error.
4.Greatly Decrease Potential Electrical Damage
You should familiarize yourself with your electrical system, such as the electrical panel’s location. You can mark it with something that will still clearly be noticeable if there is indeed a power surge. For those outlets that are used to power electronics, you should also add a surge protector as to not destroy your electrical appliances or devices.
In order to deter any leaks into your walls and overall home, seal any openings that need to be sealed. Check closely around your windows, doors, and other cracks and gaps around the outside of your home, then when you find an undesirable opening, use caulk to properly seal it.
6.Clear Out Clutter– Inside and Outside
In order to lessen any potential damage to your home or even you, we highly recommend that you keep your home–both inside and outside–uncluttered. Plus, these items could even grow mold or mildew from rain, so it’s best to just clean up and not have to worry about any of them!
This includes rolling up your carpets indoors, bringing in outdoor patio furniture (mainly during the rainy season), toys, decorations, and any other items you have that aren’t affixed to the ground.
7.Cut Down Any Hanging Branches
One of the most common occurrences during a storm to cause home damage is branches from nearby trees being ripped off the tree by strong winds and landing on the home. Stop this issue right in its tracks by cutting down any hanging branches that have the potential to cause your home any damage.
8.Prune Dead/Dying Palm Trees
We all undoubtedly love the appearance of the calming palm tree. However, for those palms near your home that are brown and/or are drooping, you should either cut the entire tree down (as it may be dead) or prune the dead fronds (leaves). That is because these can make for excellent kindling if lightning were to strike it.
While the rainy season is something to closely consider prior to moving to Grand Cayman, the larger number of sunny days is something to truly admire when searching through houses for sale in Grand Cayman.
There are numerous reasons why you should move to Grand Cayman and they certainly outweigh the rainy season! If you have any questions about houses for sale in Grand Cayman or purchasing property in the Cayman Islands in general, give us a call today at 345-949-5250!