The 2017 hurricane season was devastating for millions of people from Texas to the Caribbean. Three extremely powerful hurricanes ripped through these areas leaving flooding, power outages, and devastation in its wake. On August 25th hurricane Harvey hit Texas and dumped 27 trillion gallons of water over the region in a six day period. Then on September 6th an remarkable category five hurricane hit the caribbean causing major devastation, only to be followed by another category five, Hurricane Maria, causing equal chaos.
While hurricanes that are category three and higher are traditionally rare, last year’s unusual beating may be a reflection of a changing environmental climate ahead. If 2018 is anything like the previous year, we can expect a steady stream of storms. While we are quick to jump into action with all of the obvious precautions to secure our homes, our roofs are often overlooked. Several factors come into play when considering the potential damage a hurricane can cause to your roof. Roof Leaks, soft spots, missing shingles can all weaken the integrity of your roof, leaving it vulnerable to more damage.
The best way to ensure your home is properly protected, is to have your roof inspected. Roof inspections are relatively inexpensive, and simple to have performed. A home inspector will be able to look at specific components of the roof that are especially vulnerable to hurricane damage.
Shingles may be one of the first things a home inspector will look at. Loose, missing, or damaged shingles can let unwanted water into the home, especially with the extremely heavy rain a hurricane may bring. A home inspector will be able to see all the shingles up close and identify those that need to be replaced.
An inspector will also look for damaged or missing flashing, pipe boots, or seals around skylights and vents. Damage to these areas will allow unwanted moisture to seep in. Another problem that may come from heavy hurricane rain is leaf and debris build up in gutters and roof valleys.
While discovering missing shingles may be as easy as finding random ones on the ground after a windstorm, a problem not so easily noticed is damaged or missing nails along the perimeter of the roof. These nails are crucial to holding the roof deck to the house frame. If there are many missing or damaged nails, winds from category three and higher hurricanes can cause an uplift effect. Uplift effect pushes air under then up the roof, separating the roof deck from the house partially, or even completely.
A good roof inspector will not only check the outside of the roof, but inside as well. He or she will look at the underside of the roof in the attic to ensure it’s attached to the rest of the house securely. In areas of the country prone to hurricanes, an inspector may suggest you have hurricane straps installed. Hurricane straps, also called hurricane ties or hurricane clips, are metal connectors joining the house walls to the roof deck.
Author’s short bio:
Frazier Roofing and Guttering is one of the best roofing companies in Grand Prairie Texas,we have over 18 years of experience in roofing and have been happily serving all of Tarrant County and surrounding cities with their gutter and roofing demands. Founded by Rich & Sheila Frazier in 1977, the year that Elvis “The King” left us. Over the years, we have built up our team of Arlington roofing contractors and have become one of the most distinguished roofing companies in the area.