Archive for July, 2015

Storm Resistant Roofing

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Storm proof roofingRoof saves you from plenty of problems. It saves you from rain, storm, high winds, heat and all other seasonal problems. If the roof is not proper then it only needs a minute to peel off the roof of a house. If the roofs house is once damaged it could be damaged again and again even after repairing it. Thus the best available thing for you to do is make your house roof storm resistant and stay away and safe from all storm related roof issues. Here are some of the tips which helps your roof to stay storm resistant.

  • Build a moderately pitched hip roof

As compared to steep roofs, mild roofs are a good conductor of storms. They can handle wind in stronger manner. The appropriate size for the roof is below 6/12 and greater than 4/12. When going for flat roofs they are more problematic as they increase uplift forces on the areas of overhang and are easier to get leaks on the roofs. Even when comparing gable roofs with hip roofs, hip roofs are on the priority as they are comparatively more aerodynamic and wind resistant. They are also very good in shedding the water away and keeping the roof away from water and leak damage.

  • Tie hurricane straps to load bracing components

If you are thinking to install hurricane straps on non load receiving components and it’s not going to help your roof to be safe from the disaster or help roof being storm resistant. Instead tie them to the load bearing bracing or walls and it will prove to be beneficial in storm conditions. Use those hurricane straps which wraps the top truss or rafter of roof

  • Add baffled ridge with soffit vents

If you lower down the number of penetrations on the roof then it will prove to be added protection for your roof. Penetrations of roof like attic vents can blow in the situation of high winds or storm giving a gap for water to enter and create water accumulation and then leakage issues. You can opt for baffled ridge vents. It can prevent flow of air and rain which is driven through air from entering into the attic through the way of ridge vent. To minimize the area through which wind driven rain enters the attic you can select soffit vents with perforations which are concentrated near the outer edge.

  • Securely attach roof decking

Roof sheathing should be applied which should be having a minimum thickness of 19/32 inches as it adds strength in circumstances of high risk and high wind along with storms. Try to apply a secure pattern which is of 8D ring which nails at 6 inches exactly on the center. Beware that you don’t attest it with staples. Also be conscious about the spacing as there should be a ¼ inch gap between every sheet for thermal expansion. This spacing can be provided by the H clips along with adding strength to the horizontal connections.