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Windermere Roofer Answers: Is It Possible to “Hurricane-Proof” My Roof?

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Being a Florida resident comes with many benefits and some disadvantages. Florida has sun, beaches, and in central Florida, some of the nation’s finest theme parks. However, what every Floridian will have to face at some point or another is a hurricane. As housing has advanced new upgrades have been found to keep your home safer during a hurricane. 

Many Florida residents have begun to install ‘hurricane windows’ also known as impact windows. Many homeowners wonder if there is a way to ‘hurricane proof’ their roof. Although there is no surefire way to ‘hurricane proof’ your roof there are upgrades you can add to better withstand a storm. Speak to an experienced Windermere roofer to find the best upgrades for your home. 

Continuous Load Path

The goal of a continuous load path is to unify all the parts of the home so they can share the load. This is especially important during instances of high winds which are often seen during hurricanes. This requires a look at your entire structure and not just the roof. The idea is that if any section of the home is weak the entire house is weak including the roof. You will need to find a Windermere roofer who has experience with this type of upgrade. 

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Gable-end Bracing

One of the biggest contributing factors to blame for a roof failing during a storm is gabled roofs without the proper support according to FEMA. Knowing this you would think this style of roofs  would not be very popular. It is actually the opposite, it is reported that gable roofs are the most popular roof style in Florida due to their aesthetic. If you want to reinforce a gabled roof a Windermere roofer can retrofit the roof with a special brace. The brace is attached to the ceiling joints or roof frame. This is how you accomplish the extra support. 

Shingle Roofs

Dependent on the shingle rating a Windermere roofer may be able to reinforce your roof. For a roof with worn shingles, they can use asphalt roof cement while on heavily worn roofs they can use roof cement to patch them up. In the worst of cases, they can reroof your home. 

Roof Tie-Down Systems

For homeowners who are building new construction, there is one major consideration when it comes to the roof and that is the roof tie-down system. This is a cable system that connects the roof to the foundation. This process can only be accomplished while a home is being constructed and not after. If you are buying a new construction ask about the roof tie-down system. 

Tile Roofs

Tile roofs and whether or not they can be upgraded is a highly debated topic amongst roofers. While some believe you cannot retrofit the roof others believe you can. The most vulnerable part of your roof is the hip or ridge as well as the eave tiles. When damaged, a roofer can reinstall them using a two-part expanding foam adhesive. The roofer will need to ensure they are attached to a metal or wood hip or ridge board. 

Call Native Building Services & Roofing, LLC, Today

If you are considering ways to ‘hurricane proof’ your home contact a Windermere roofer at Native Building Services & Roofing, LLC at 407-974-3719 today. Our experienced team will be able to answer all of your questions and guide you in the right direction when it comes to repairing or replacing your roof.

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