Protect your Roof!
Can your home withstand harsh weather conditions? With hurricane season upon us, it is a question many homeowners may be asking themselves. We all know the devastation that can be caused to property by a hurricane. Heavy rain and strong winds can batter your home to the point of collapse.
You may think there is not much you can do to prepare for something as intimidating as a hurricane, after all it is an act of God. But with the right precautions, you can lessen or even escape any major devastation.
One of the areas of your home most vulnerable to hurricanes is your roof. Oftentimes, the roof is the first to go in a storm.
We've all seen photos or videos of roofs being torn off houses and blown away in the wind, leaving items in the home open to the elements and requiring costly renovations to fix. Winds apply pressure to the walls of buildings but sturdy walls are more likely to stay standing. Winds passing over roofs, however, try to lift the roofs. High wind velocities, like those found in severe storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes, can apply enough force to break the connections between rafters or roof trusses and the walls and thus remove the roofs from buildings.
You can however lessen the chances of this happening by having a solid and stable roof, built with quality materials and reinforced with hurricane clamps. A roof is not the place to skimp on quality.
Hurricane clamps serve a dual purpose as they also reinforce the wood frame of a building and reduces the risk of the building collapsing during an earthquake as well.
Metal roofing is generally considered the best option for hurricane resistance. Most metal varieties offer defense against winds up to 140 mph, enough to withstand a category 4 hurricane. Category 4 hurricanes range from 130 to 156 mph.
Metal roofs are typically more durable and fire resistant than shingle roofs.
If you are a fan of shingle roofs, all is not lost. New shingles made of asphalt are more hurricane resistant than older varieties. Some varieties can safeguard against winds as fast as 130 mph.
But keep in mind that having a good, strong roof is useless if you do not perform regular maintenance.
Oftentimes, the roof is the last thing we think about when doing renovations, upgrades or repairs on our homes. We tend to pay attention to it only when problems like leaks or rot arises.
But in the lead up to hurricane season, it is wise to inspect your roof for damage points and areas of concern.