Oklahoma, Texas, and Florida are three major states in the path of the infamous ‘Tornado Alley.’ Other states include Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Iowa, and Minnesota among others. These states have the dangerous reputation of facing up to six tornadoes every year per 10,000 square miles.
Importance of roof stormproofing
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration grades tornadoes on a scale of F1 (minimum intensity) to F5 (maximum). The climate data from 1993 to 2010 reveals that a total of 13 states in the U.S. have to bear about three F5 tornadoes every year. If you live in any of these states, it is vital to take adequate precautionary measures.
You must take into account that the doors (including garage doors), windows, and roofs can withstand the impacts of those insane wind spirals. The roofs need special attention, as a roofless home is as unsafe as staying outside in the violent hurricanes.
The fortifying measures
Homeowners must look into stormproofing the roofs. Consult an experienced roofer in your area to decide whether the repairs are sufficient or if you need a complete overhaul of the roofing. Experienced professionals suggest the second option, especially if the roofs are more than 15 years old. A substantial buildup of granules in the gutter is a sure sign that your old roof is crumbling. Nevertheless, suitable repair works can go a long way in fortifying the longevity of the roofs. Besides, complete replacements are relatively expensive.
- Gabled roofs are highly vulnerable. Contact a roofer to install galvanized metal straps for enhanced attachment to the walls. A gable roof has two slopes whereas a hip roof has four. Studies show a 30 degrees sloping angle works best.
- Metal roofs are best for hurricane protection. Check out the costs of installing metal roofing with an experienced contractor. In fact, it is a worthy investment because you may have to spend more than the overhauling cost now if the tornado blows off the roof.
- Undertake vital repair measures such as replacing missing or damaged shingles, fortify the skylights and chimneys, and clear the clogged roof vents.
- Incorporate advanced aerodynamic features such as the installation of a centra shaft connecting the roof ridge and the internal space.
- Limit the length of roof overhangs to 20 inches.
- Install wind resistant roof covering as per certified standards.
- Set up proper underlayments.
- Use modified bitumen or self–adhering asphalt to tape in the roof seams.
- Roof decking has to be secure.
- Incorporate soffit vents and baffled ridges.
Adequate and timely precautions can actually save you from being roofless in the event of a devastating turbulence. Set an appointment with an experienced roofer to examine your current structure to implement the best methods that are reasonably still within your budget.