Cambridge Roofing: Article About Protecting The Roof Against Tropical Storms

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During certain times of the year, Massachusetts is at risk for experiencing weather associated with tropical storms and hurricanes. It is likely that roofs are going to sustain some amount of damage during the storm. However, there are ways that the roof can be made more resistant to extreme weather. Homeowners should discuss their options with a Cambridge roofing contractor. Roofs are most likely to sustain damages from high winds and water.

High winds can cause serious damage to the roof in several ways. Extreme winds can uproot large trees or break off heavy limbs, which can be thrown at the roof, damaging shingles and potentially breaking the trusses and supports. Additionally, wind uplift can cause portions of the shingles, if not the whole roof, to be blown off and lost. It is likely that the gutters will also be damaged.

As soon as the roof becomes affected by high winds, water is likely to penetrate the home. This can cause flooding at all levels. If the attic becomes wet and does not have the chance to dry out, mold and mildew may grow on the components.

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The best way to protect the roof and the home against damages from tropical storms is to keep the roof on the home. Most shingles are rated to resist a certain amount of wind uplift. However, the winds caused by most tropical storms exceed the wind uplift ratings on most shingles. Hurricane straps and clips can be retrofitted into the roof. These clips or straps are made from either stainless steel or galvanized steel. They connect the structural elements of the home together. For example, the clips attach the rafters to load bearing walls and top plates. This greatly increases the home's resistance to extreme winds.

Another thing that can be done is to reinforce certain structures. This may mean bracing the gables. This is usually done using 2x4 inch wood pieces that are placed in an X pattern. Usually, just the end gables will need to be reinforced, as they suffer the most exposure to extreme winds. The weakest portions of the gables include the joint between the roof sheathing, the overhangs, the truss and the rectangular wall.

Finally, homeowners should ensure that their insurance covers damages caused by hurricanes or tropical storms. As soon as damages do occur, professional roofers should be contacted as soon as possible so that repairs can be begin quickly and so that the amount of post storm damages that can occur will be reduced.

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