If you live close to the gulf, you will take every measure to make your home stormproof, from investing in roofing systems with high wind ratings, to upgrading your insurance coverage. Local roofers Roofing by Curry shares a few things you can do that can help make your home more stormproof.
Reinforce the Roof Edges
Before you read on, make sure you review your warranty and insurance paperwork, as certain types of changes might void your warranty. Always wear safety gear when climbing the roof.
The roof edges bear the full force of the wind during a storm, so it only makes sense that the first row of shingles should be reinforced. Roofing manufacturers offer roofing systems with one-piece starter strips reinforced with adhesive. Lacking that, check the first couple of rows of shingles. If you can lift them with a finger, they can be damaged by wind. Apply three one-inch dots of roofing cement (one at each side and another at the center) about a few inches from the edge. An 11-ounce tube should be enough for 25 feet of shingles.
Install Hurricane Straps
Hurricane straps are mechanically-fastened strips of metal that reinforce trusses and rafters by attaching them to a load-bearing wall. It also reinforces other parts of a roofing structure, which helps prevent roofing blow-off. Hurricane straps require precision, and should be installed by professional roofers. Hurricane straps can be installed onto an existing roof.
Seal Exterior Holes
The less holes your home exterior has, the less grip the wind will have. Holes that route broadband lines, exterior plumbing, and AC refrigerant and condensate lines need to be sealed. Silicone caulk is easy to apply and stays durable if cured properly. Check the areas around the windows as well, look out for loose trim, and perform repairs as needed. If you have to remove and replace the trim, take it as an opportunity to check and repair the insulation between the window frame and wall opening.