Hurricane season is almost here in Florida, and many people seem to brave the brutal winds every year, without properly protecting their roofs. Since your roof is one of the most important elements of your home, why would you take this risk? Preparing your roof for a hurricane is vital, especially when you live around the Florida coast. Here’s some things to look into:
Local building codes are put in place by experienced professionals, who have seen the extreme damage that can be done to roofs and buildings in general, in the face of a catastrophe. Make sure your roof is up to code by talking with a local building code official. Also, ask them what else you can do to make your roof even stronger.
Unfortunately, shingles are usually not made to withstand hurricane winds. If you want to achieve greater wind resistant shingles, have a qualified Florida roofing contractor inspect the shingles to make sure their locked into places and that their adhesive has not worn off. After the inspection the roofer should be able to secure any loose shingles and replace ones that are on their last legs.
A gabled roof is a standard slanted roof on two sides, that meets at a peak in the middle. If a gabled roof isn’t properly braced, it can take a serious beating during a hurricane. In order to secure your gable end wall, attach an eight foot long brace to the bottom chord of the gable truss and the adjacent trusses. The brace should be perpendicular to the truss. Also, tie back a gable truss with at one eight foot long brace, along the edge of the roof, to several of the interior trusses.
Purchasing hurricane straps is a great way of lessening the blows of an intense hurricane on your roof. To install hurricane straps and clips, remove the roof sheathing around the perimeter of the roof in order to expose the top of the wall. If your roof has trusses, be sure that you tie them to the wall by anchoring to the top plate, and then the top plate, to the wall stud.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to secure your roof for a hurricane, or if you need roof maintenance in Florida due to a hurricane, don’t hesitate to contact Hercules Roofing, your top Florida roofing contractors!