It only takes a few minutes for a hurricane to peel the roof off of your home and once that has happened, the house will be a sitting duck just waiting for further damage, if not total destruction. If you live in The Carolinas or in other states that are near the coast, the arrival of storms is a regular part of your year. Your main priority, of course, is to protect your home and your family, and one of the best ways to do that is to hurricane-proof your roof.
While hurricane season supposedly starts in June, it’s always best to be safe all year round because climate change is now blurring the lines between seasons. Since spring has come, now is the perfect time to start thinking ahead. To help you out, here are some expert tips for achieving storm-resistant roofing from CMS Roofing, a trusted roofing contractor in Charleston SC.
A Pitched Hip Roof
Mid-range sloping roofs withstand strong high winds better than steep roofs, making it a great design to consider. Hipped roofs are inherently more aerodynamic and gale-resistant compared to gables and other roof styles. According to a research done at the New Jersey Institute of Technology as published by ScienceDaily.com,
Roofs with multiple slopes such as a hip roof (4 slopes) perform better under wind forces than gable roofs (2 slopes). Gable roofs are generally more common because they are cheaper to build. A 30-degree roof slope has the best results.
Hurricane Straps and Load-bearing Elements
Tying hurricane straps to load-bearing walls or braces rather than tying them to non-load-bearing lumber makes your home more wind-resistant. As the above-mentioned research puts it:
Strong connections between the structure and its foundation and connections between walls are good. Structural failure is often progressive where the failure of one structural element triggers the failure of another, leading to a total collapse. Connections are generally vulnerable but can be inexpensively strengthened.
Underlayment and Additional Support
Reinforcements on top of your roof deck are useless if you don’t complement them with the proper support. Improve the structural support for these elements by fastening plywood with nails spaced no more than six inches apart. Make sure that you fasten the decking and underlayment tightly and that you use only new, quality materials to ensure durability. Work with a local roofing contractor in Charlotte NC like CMS Roofing to make these steps easier for you.
(Article excerpt from Home Shapes and Roofs That Hold up Best in Hurricanes, www.ScienceDaily.com)