- Posted July 5, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Hurricane season 2014
Preparing For The Hurricane Season
Across Asia, the hurricane season has already begun. And even if it’s already the summer season, some countries are also battling typhoons as well.
Hurricanes are just one of the major enemies of our houses. There’s also fire and earthquakes but most of the time, it’s the storms that really batters down thousands of houses and other properties. This is because in addition to the strong rains and winds the properties have to contend with, there’s also the possibility that floods (still caused by the hurricane) can cause considerable damage to all affected houses and other properties.
But is there a way you can protect your home from the damaging and even life-threatening effects of hurricanes? Certainly, there are some ways and things you can do so.
Most often than not, when a hurricane batters down a certain place, our roof is the main part of the house or property that receives the brunt of the heavy and devastating rain fall and winds. It is not uncommon to see on TV or on the Internet a complete roof dislodge from the house and being flown away by the strong winds.
If you live in a place that is already or will soon be on the receiving end of the hurricane season, below are some tips you can follow to protect your roof and even make it storm-resistant:
Start by having a good and durable roof. If you don’t have a good quality and durable roof, you will run the risk of having your roof ruined even during just the rainy season. Colorbond roofing, iron roofing and Zincalume steel roofing are considered some of the strongest and most durable materials that can withstand storms and even other extreme weather conditions. If you feel it’s time to have your roof replaced, consider having one of these roofing materials for your property.
Invest in and have hurricane straps tied to load bearing components of your roof. Consider having load bearing walls or braces installed on your home. Lumber is not too durable so these hurricane straps need to be tied to other stronger materials, such as concrete walls and braces.
Have baffled ridge and soffit vents installed to minimize roof penetrations. One example of through-the-roof penetrations is an attic vent. And this can blow off in high winds and will allow water to enter your property. Baffled ridge vents are recommended over other types of vents since they prevent airflow and wind driven rain from entering your attic.
Have wind-impact-resistant covering installed on your roof. This material will certainly help your roof become storm resistant. Make sure that the product you get is high-grade and really wind and impact-resistant.