If you’ve followed Houser Roofing’s blogs before, you know that we’re always trying to get you to protect your roof from damage. We understand that it can be a chore sometimes keeping up with all this information, however, if you want to avoid costly repairs keep your home safe for you and your family, you should take our advice! In this blog, we’re going to talk about wind mitigation. More specifically, we’re going to talk about wind damage during hurricane season and high homeowner’s insurance premiums.
What is wind mitigation?
Put simply, wind mitigation is adding certain features to your home which can help reduce or eliminate damage done by wind to your home. When your home is being built, there are certain features added that mitigate against wind damage but are crucial to your home’s structure and support. However, we’re going to take a look at several things you can add to your home to increase your home’s safety and protect against environmental damage. As a result, you’ll be saving a lot of money on roof repairs and your homeowner’s insurance premiums.
Types of wind mitigation
When it comes to deciding what wind mitigation features you want on your home, it’s important to know exactly what your options are. If you’re in the process of building a home, you need to decide whether you want to include reinforced concrete block wall construction or a hip roof design. Some of the features you can add either during the home building process or after include:
Opening protection: In order to reduce the risk of internal pressurization, you can insert hurricane coverings that mitigate wind damage to windows and doors.
Roof-to-wall attachments: If you want the most protection from wind uplift for your roof truss, you should choose a double metal connector wrap that has at least three nails per side.
Gable end bracing: If you have a gable roof on your home, these should be braced for extra reinforcement.
Roof deck material: If you’re getting your roof installed for the first time or getting it replaced, tell your builder to use ⅝-inch plywood panels fastened with 10-d nails and around the perimeter of the roof. This will significantly increase the wind mitigation of your roof.
Roofing material: Choose a component that meets ASTM D3161 Class F standards and has 110 mph wind resistance in addition to UL 2218 for added impact resistance.
Secondary water barrier: If you want more protection against water intrusions, have your roofing expert install a foam adhesive SWR or self-adhering membrane for your roof decking.
If you want a discount to your insurance premiums, you should have a wind mitigation inspection completed on your home. Visit Houser Roofing today to get a free estimate for your roof. We do roof replacement, roof repair, roof inspections, storm damage repair and much more. We service Richmond, Sealy, Rosenberg, Wharton, Greatwood, Brenham, and Katy. if you have any questions about what we offer, don’t hesitate to contact us!