Hurrican Shutters

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Hurricane Roof Protection….

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on October 2, 2013

Hurricane Roof Protection....

More than 50 million homes in the U.S. are at risk for damage from hurricanes. Insured losses vary greatly from year to year, depending on the severity of the hurricane season. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina resulted in $17.9 billion in homeowners insurance claims.

Roofs, particularly roofs on older homes that don’t meet the latest building codes, are especially susceptible to wind damage and water infiltration. There are steps you can take to protect your roof from hurricanes. Not only can this effort pay off during a hurricane, but the improvements might even lower your homeowners insurance premiums.

Inspect your roof before a hurricane hits.
Your roof takes the brunt of a hurricane, which can pack winds in excess of 155 mph. These winds exert an uplift effect that can pull off roof shingles, tiles, or even the underlying roof deck. A well-maintained roof is better able to resist high winds.

Set aside one day a year to inspect your roof. Begin by checking the surface of your roof, either on the roof itself or from the ground with binoculars. If heights aren’t your thing, you can hire a professional roof inspector for about $175.

Look for curled, loose, or missing shingles or roof tiles. Pay particular attention to the edges of the roof. Also check the spacing of the nails that hold the shingles and underlying roof deck onto your houses. Nails should be approximately four inches apart along edges. Nails, not staples, should be used to secure the roof deck to the rafters.

If you have access to your attic, inspect the roof from the inside as well. Look for points of light coming through the roof. This can reveal gaps that can let in wind and water. Examine the rafters or trusses for protruding nail tips, which indicate that the plywood roof deck might not be properly secured.

Contact CAT 5 Shutters, LLC for all your hurricane protection needs. Visit us at www.cat5hurricaneshutterswpb.com or call us at 1-877-CAT-FIVE.

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