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Getting To Know Your Rooftop

Getting To Know Your Rooftop

It’s no surprise how damaging hurricanes and strong winds can be your landscaping, and more importantly, your home. More often than not, these natural disasters are unpredictable and leave little time to prepare for. The last thing you want is to be stranded in your home during a storm, wondering if your roof is going to make it through the scare. That is why it is important to take preventative steps and care to ensure your roof is built to last and can weather any storm that comes its way.

 

  1. Know your braces. Every home is different and unique in its own way. This can lead to a debacle when determining which type of roof your home has. Unless you’re an extremely talented Do-It-Yourselfer with a contracting background, it’s probably in your best interest to recruit the help of a professional builder before tackling this project yourself. If your rooftop is shaped like an “A,” then you most likely have a gable roof. Braces on these types of roofs are made of trusses, which are attached to the gable end. These trusses must be securely nailed to the bottom of the wall and braced to the adjacent trusses. It’s definitely a good idea to ensure your trusses are in fact properly secured to the wall, as this system prevents the brutal winds from destroying it.
  2. Lock it down with extra security. These systems alone are usually enough to keep the integrity of your rooftop, but if your house has cleared a thorough inspection from a professional home contractor, then there’s probably no need to make this additional expense. However, if you live in a particularly windy area, perhaps consider the addition of metal hurricane straps. These braces provide the proper strength and support needed to survive an extreme storm.
  3. Better safe than sorry. First and foremost, to ensure that your rooftop will be able to withstand extreme weather conditions, it’s always smart to have a professional contractor inspect your home. Always keep in mind the age of your roof, as it is often recommended that your roof receive a proper and thorough maintenance after 15 years since installation. More often than not, after this long aging period, rooftops begin to showcase signs of wear and tear. Not only do the roofs begin to experience leaks but also the deterioration leaves the roof itself less stable than originally installed. Contact the professionals at Green Rhino Builders to tackle your roofing needs. Has a leak caused internal damage to your home? No worries, our contractors can meet with you to inspect the damage and give you a full remodelling estimate.