Be Prepared! Protect Your Roof from Storm Damage
Damaged roofs are the most common aftermath of tropical storms or hurricanes . The extent of damage caused to the roof can be very costly, first repairing the roof itself and second fixing the wind and water damage in the building after the roof failure. When it comes to roof integrity , a good structural frame and sheathing is important for a sturdy roof. The following are some of the qualities of a good roof in case of a storm.
- Strong structural walls that are able to secure the roof support
- Strong and well fastened roof deck with proper spacing
- Adequately built roof trusses that are well attached to the walls
- All the openings that can breach the envelope of the structure from wind such as windows, doors and soffit vents should be well secured and protected.
Know your roof
Unfortunately, the roof is a widely neglected structure simply because one cannot see it regularly. Many people will repaint their walls, renovate their kitchens and mow their lawns but little is done for the roof until it is far too damaged. It is crucial to know the roofs current condition because insurance companies may deny claims after storm damage simply because the roof was already in bad condition before the storm.
Some of the risks of damage during a storm include unsecured air conditioning units, satellite dishes, antennae and lighting. Therefore, you need to keep your roof in good shape through regular maintenance, secure the roof top equipment and accessories properly and install a good lightning protection system
Preparing for the storm
In case you live in a high-risk area for tropical storms or hurricanes , there is quite a lot you can do for your protection.
- Secure condensate lines: The condensate lines are usually supported by wood blocks, which can scrape the roof if the pipes are blown from side to side during a storm.
- Clean your roof: Clean all the debris and clutter of the roof and ensure that the gutters and drains are flowing freely. These should also be secured well to prevent damage.