Protecting your roof from high wind damage and rain

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April showers, bring may flowers

 

We have all heard this quote before, but April showers also bring high winds and roof damage.  Spring is also a time for planning home improvements like that long awaited new roof.  Make sure your contractor is installing that new roof properly to ensure long term protection for your home.

The roof deck forms one of your home’s critical shields of protection from high winds and rain. Unfortunately, if this shield is not fastened properly, it may be lost during high winds.

While the loss of roof coverings can make your home vulnerable to water infiltration, loss of the roof’s sheathing, often referred to as decking, can result in excessive damage to the structure of your home and your possessions.

As wind blows over the roof, uplift forces pull at the roof. These uplift forces try to pull off the roof covering and the roof deck. When the roof decking is blown off, the inside of your home becomes exposed to the elements. Trusses or rafters may become unstable and the entire roof may collapse.

Tips

The following techniques can be used during roof installation on both new and existing homesand are best performed by a licensed, professional contractor.

  • Install a roof deck of 5/8” thick solid plywood to maximize wind and windborne debris resistance with 10d or 8d ring shank nails spaced at 6 inches along the panel edges and every 6 inches in the field of the plywood panel. Make sure that the nails penetrate the decking directly into the roof framing.
  • When re-roofing your existing home, be sure to look at the attachment of the roof deck to the roof framing and make sure the nails are spaced at 6″ on center. If it’s not, add fasteners as described above to strengthen the attachment.
  • Create a ‘sealed roof deck” secondary water barrier by installing self-adhering flashing tape or modified polymer bitumen strips, commonly called peel and seal, over the joints in your roof deck. This will help keep out the rain if the roof covering is damaged or destroyed by severe weather.
  • Install one layer of #30 underlayment, sometimes called felt paper, over the roof decking and sealed roof deck. The felt helps with drainage in the event water gets under the roof covering.
  • All nails used to attach the roof sheathing must penetrate the underlying roof trusses or rafters, otherwise the sheathing will not be securely attached and can be more easily torn away by high winds. Inadequate attachment of roof sheathing, resulting from poor workmanship, has been a common cause of roof failures during hurricanes and other storms with high winds.

Finally, you can significantly increase the roofs’s sheathing resistance to uplift from the wind by applying a bead of construction adhesive using a caulking gun along both sides of the intersection of the roof decking and the rafters or trusses. Be sure to look for a premium, APA AFG-01 rated adhesive.

Benefits of Using This Mitigation Strategy

  • Helps to prevent damage to a structure and its contents
  • Helps to prevent injuries to occupants

What is A Sealed Roof Deck?

Quiz: Ready or Not? 6 Questions to Test Your Storm Prep Knowledge

Severe weather affects us all. Every region of the United States is prone to one or more natural hazards. It’s important for business owners to plan for potential interruptions, such as weather events, to help reduce losses, jump start recovery and re-open the business as quickly as possible. To help you get started, here are some facts you should know. This information is provided by the safety experts at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). – See more at: https://www.erieinsurance.com/Blog/2015/mother-nature-quiz#sthash.p1IfZgzP.dpuf

5 Common Insurance Mistakes to Avoid


Insurance can be a confusing thing. Without trusted advice from a professional like an insurance agent, it’s easy to make one of the most common insurance mistakes.

The Insurance Information Institute (III), an organization devoted to improving public understanding of insurance, created a video that shares the five most common insurance mistakes consumers make. Mistakes apply to both homeowners insurance and auto insurance.

Check out the video above to learn how to avoid these common insurance mistakes. And remember that one of the best ways to avoid insurance mistakes and coverage gaps is to talk with someone like an Erie Insurance Agent. An ERIE Agent in your community will help you get affordable coverage that gives you the protection you need–and the peace of mind you deserve.

Contact Lucsok Insurance today to get the correct coverage that you need.

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Tips to prepare for a blizzard

blizzard-pooch-1996-copyBlizzard Juno is expected to create harsh winter weather conditions – snow, cold and wind – across much of the Mid-Atlantic.

TIPS FOR BEFORE THE STORM

Prep your car. Fill up your gas tank before the weather hits. Take a minute to check your wiper fluid level and leave your wiper blades up if your car is outside. This is also a good time to make sure you have everything you need, like kitty litter or salt, a shovel and an emergency car kit.

Prevent damage to your home from frozen pipes. Water damage is no joke. Turn the heat up if it will be especially chilly and make sure the garage door is closed. Even at the last minute, there are still steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes.

Stock up and charge up. Make sure your phone is fully charged and has emergency numbers (family, friends, the power company and the police) stored in it. And, if possible before the storm hits, pick up essentials from the store, like milk, cereal, bread and batteries.

Brings pets inside. If you have an outdoor cat or a dog that sleeps in a kennel, bring them inside. Subzero temperatures can test even the hardiest of our furry friends and cause them to seek out questionable shelters (like under the hood of a car) to find warmth.

Thank you and stay safe.