Storm-Proofing Your Roof and Your Home

Many professionals agree that extreme weather situations are becoming more frequent, although not necessarily more predictable. Whatever the cause, sever weather can bring new challenges to homeowners who need to protect their property from damage. Most Insurance companies encourage that home and business owners try preparing for storms by taking time out to inspect their home or business. This will help you to protect your most valuable assets and reduce the costs associated with a storm as well. Here are features around the home that should be examined to ensure your home can resist the wind.

Roof-Deck Attachment: Roof-decking is basically the first layer of roofing. Generally, it’s a minimum of 5/8 inch plywood, attached to roof trusses, together with 8 penny ring shank nails spaced at a maximum of 6 inches apart.

Roof Covering: The most common type of roof covering are shingles. Install shingles that are both wind and impact-rated.

Foundation, wall & Roof Connections: The roof and trusses need to be secured to the walls, which in turn need to be secured to the foundation. This can be done using straps or clips.

Garage Doors: Garage doors are the easiest to succumb to the wind because of the size of the opening and the light material that they’re made of. What you can do is either install a garage door that has been rated for impact or use an approved shutter for protection.

Secondary Water Barrier: If your roof-covering gets blown off in a windstorm, the secondary water barrier will be the only protection from water intrusion. A popular material for retrofitting is Urethane foam adhesive underneath.

Gable End Bracing: Because of wall exposure, gable roofs are more prone to wind damage. The shape yields itself to a “wind sail” effect and therefore needs to be braced as additional support.

Opening Protection: All openings in a home, including windows, doors and skylights, need to be protected. Only shutters that are pressure and impact-rated should be installed.

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