Residents of Hawaii should always be prepared for the next storm. There are certain steps every homeowner should take that involve choosing the right materials to protect their roof for a hurricane or other big storm. Hawaii roofing is essential in ensuring that moisture does not leak into their house.
While it is necessary to seek the services of a reputable roofing company for taking care of large jobs, there are certain things the homeowner can do as preliminary steps. Generally speaking, the majority of big storms occur in the Pacific during August through October, so it is important to be prepared before this time frame. As the roof is the most vulnerable part of a house, the homeowner must check it for any weaknesses or disrepair that can lead to a potential disaster during the storm season. The first thing that should be done is to determine the type of roof the house has. A gabled roof, which is triangular in shape, is generally deemed as the most vulnerable to the effects of a storm. This is because they consist of a structure that lacks the strength to withstand very strong winds and heavy rains or hail.
A homeowner that has good do it yourself skills can make necessary repairs to their roof. Shingles that are loose or broken can be repaired by securing them. This can be done with the use of strong screws and bolts. A roofing company can also perform this type of job and secure the roof by repairing these components or further strengthen it by adding additional materials, including metal or asphalt. A faulty roof can be made stronger and more stable by the addition of two by fours overlapped across the trusses.
Another option a homeowner can rely on to prepare his or her roof for upcoming Hawaii storms is to use hurricane straps. These are generally made of galvanized metal and are used to hold the roof in place. They are secured to either side of the roof to hold them against either side of the house. They are an effective method that is typically used for the construction of new houses in areas that are well known to experience hurricanes. The homeowner should consider questioning a professional Hawaii roofing company about hurricane straps if the roof of the house is in good shape and the storm that is expected is believed to be a hurricane. They can prove to be lifesaving devices for both the house and its residents.
Following these steps will ultimately have your roof prepared when the next big storm comes barreling through. If you have any other tips or suggestions on protecting your roof from storm damage, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
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