When you build or buy your home, you expect it to protect you from the elements. The heat of summer, hard rain and strong winds are shielded from you when you are in the comfort of your own home. However, literally having a roof over your head may not be enough. A house is still prone to dilapidation and devastation from hurricanes. This is why you need to protect your family and home by installing hurricane straps in your roof. A hurricane strap can withstand up to 100-mile per hour winds, therefore giving an added protection to the frame of your house. If you want to know how to install hurricane straps, follow the steps below.
Option A. While your house is being built, is the best time to install the hurricane straps. When your house is framed (the skeletal structure) completely, access to the roof system is most easy at this stage. Nail a strap to each rafter and truss in your roof with a 16-penny nail for framing. To ensure that the rafter stays in place you will need to install two straps, one in the front of it and one in the back. Do this for all rafters and trusses.
If you are currently living in a home with no hurricane straps and would like to install, it would be a much harder and costly task to accomplish. You would have to do a lot of dismantling and time-consuming tasks. Just make sure that you find this out early on and not risk discovering this only when there is a hurricane warning. Here is how to add hurricane straps to an existing house with none.
Option B. You will have to remove your roofing for the meantime. This will allow access to the skeletal structure of the roof. If you have the time, you can do this on your own (provided that you have handyman skills). If not, then you would need to require the services of a carpenter. With the roof set aside, you will now have to peel back the insulation to expose the rafters. Proceed with nailing the hurricane straps to the rafters and trusses with framing nails. Do not forget that you need to put one in the front and one in the back. Secure the straps properly and make sure you do not miss a few. Now, put back the insulation and the roof that you have removed earlier on and you’re done!
In addition, whenever you nail a strap to a rafter, the tendency is that the nail might punch through it. When that happens, what you need to do is bend the nail by hammering it down. This gives an added protection as it helps “lock” the nail in place with a death grip, so that no strong wind can easily loosen it up. To conclude, your home will only protect you if you take good care of it. By adding hurricane straps to your roof, you aide your house in helping you and your family stay safe. Do not let this important part of house-building slip from your memory. Good luck!