Jacksonville Roofing: Article About Protecting A Roof Against Hurricanes
When a major hurricane is brewing in the Atlantic, the television news programs trot out their B-rolls of people frantically nailing plywood to cover their windows. What they should show instead are videos of contractors helping homeowners to get their Jacksonville roofing in shape for wind speeds anywhere from 74 mph (Category 1) to 156 mph (Category 5). Homeowners can encase their entire houses in plywood but it's all for nothing if the roof goes flying off into the distance at the first strong gust of the hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 through November 30.
While not every hurricane-prone area will experience a fierce storm in every season, for residents on the Gulf coast or the Atlantic sea board, it is better to inspect the roof and correct its shortfalls in the early months of spring rather than regret it later. Here are a few tips on what to look for and what action to take.
A flat or hipped roof will stand up to strong winds better than a steeply slanted roof. With a hipped roof, all slides slant gently downwards and there are no gables or other vertical aspects to the roof. Stormy winds will force the roof downward, rather than upward, and at a pressure that roofs are built to tolerate. A gabled roof will experience damaging upward forces.
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However, it is possible to go too far the other way and have a completely flat roof. Anything with a slope below 3:12 will have a similar uplift potential as an aircraft wing. Not ideal for people who are hovering over the television and radio listening for tornado warnings. Homeowners should aim for a moderate gradient of between 4 and 6:12.
Hurricane straps or hurricane clips can provide a continuous load transfer path from the top of a building to the foundation. It can also be used to secure roof tiles and keep them from blowing off in a strong wind. Straps should be tied to straps to loadbearing walls or bracing and not to non-loadbearing timber.
There are many other measures that homeowners can take to make sure their roof stays put in the event of a hurricane, or even a strong wind. Rather than panic over terms like baffled ridges, flashing, and soffit vents, or what are the correct nail and fastener schedules, call a qualified roofing company instead to make an appointment for a consultation and estimate.
This company is one of only a few companies in the country to win the GAF Triple Excellence Award for training, installation, and consumer protection excellence. GAF is the top manufacturer of roof shingles in North America. In addition, Angie's List has awarded it the Super Service Award for two years running. All of the staff members dedicate themselves to helping customers keep a roof over their heads.