2. Invest in Hurricane Connectors
Roofs are natural weak spots during storms because strong winds can create an uplift, causing a roof to separate from the rafters. Once your roof is gone, everything inside your home will be blown away or ruined by water, resulting in total loss. A roof-to-wall connection is critical to keep your roof attached to the rest of your house by transferring uplift load onto walls.
Florida has statewide building codes in place to strengthen roofs during construction, including the use of hurricane connectors (also called hurricane clips or straps). Incorporating hurricane connectors into a home under construction is required by Florida law. Older homes can be retrofitted with connectors and doing this when a new roof is installed is an excellent idea. Building code in our area requires that we completely remove the old roof, inspect the roof sheathing and replace as needed. Though not every homeowner requests this service as part of the project, we can add these clips easily when we install your new roof.
Hurricane connectors are made of galvanized steel and are used to fasten roof trusses to walls at the top plate. Meant to reinforce joints, they anchor the roof to the rest of the house and provide a continuous load from the roof to the ground. According to Jack Glenn, technical services director at the Florida Home Builders Association in Tallahassee, "as winds project additional loads on the roof, the load is dissipated down the walls to the foundation," effectively creating a solid structure that is less likely to be torn apart.