Specializing in roof framing in Ocala has taught us a lot about what factors are most important in a roof for Florida.
We don’t worry about a roof collapsing in because of heavy snow or having to withstand hail and sleet. Instead, we think about the very possible chance of hurricane damage and wind uplift. What is uplift? It is the upward force of wind traveling across a roof that can cause it to come unattached from the walls of the house.
For this reason, at Steve Allen Construction, we focus on specific structural engineering that ensures our roofs will stand up to the storm. Here are some questions we can answer about making your roof hurricane proof.
Why retrofit your roof?
In the past, many roof trusses were held in place by connections called toenails. While these connections work to keep the trusses attached to the wall plate, they are easily ripped apart with high winds one rafter at a time. Here’s where structural engineering comes in.
First, hurricane clips are used to securely anchor the trusses down to the walls beneath them. Next, the roof’s critical corner sections should be reinforced. Together, these steps work to make your roof act as one structurally sound unit, rather than individual pieces. This gives your roof much more strength when standing up to powerful wind gusts.
How can you tell if your roof is strong enough?
We can help take a look at your existing roof to see if it’s able to withstand strong winds. We can inspect roof connections by using a tiny camera inserted through the soffit. From there, we can see if a hurricane strap or clip is already in place, and how many nails are used on each truss. These holes can then be refilled with plastic plugs or metal louvers.
How is the new hardware added to the roof?
The easiest way is to try and access the roof-to-wall connection from inside the attic. Unfortunately, this is not always an option, but there are still a few techniques that can be used that won’t destroy your whole roof. If they are cooperative, the soffits can be removed for easier access to the trusses. Alternatively, we could also cut rectangular holes into the top of the roof in between the trusses to reach them that way. The holes would then be patched with the same pieces that had been cut out.
Steve Allen Construction Can Help
We utilize these structural engineering methods to help protect you and your family inside your home and save you from the headache of replacing your roof. Have you checked if your roof is up to code? Worried about its ability to stand up to a storm?
If you have concerns about weak spots in your roof or are building a new home and want a dependable roof, give us a call or contact us through our website.
— Steve Allen Inc. (@SteveAllenOcala) August 7, 2014