Hurricane straps significantly increase the strength of the roof structure. There are a variety of straps that can be used for different applications. Hurricane straps are galvanized metal clips or straps that hold the roof to the wall.
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Hurricane straps are galvanized metal clips or straps that hold the roof to the walls. There are a variety of straps that can be used for different applications. Hurricane straps significantly increase strength of the roof structure. In fact hurricane straps are so significant in Florida that they are required by building code officials in some cases. These straps are installed in many different forms. If it is possible to gain access to the connection along the eaves either because there is no soffit or through your soffit area, (the flat bottom surface at the eaves), it may be possible to install straps or clips that will anchor the roof structure to the top of the wall and preferably directly to the wall studs. Another excellent opportunity where Rhino Roofs can help to strengthen the roof-to-wall connection is when the house is being re-roofed. At that time, removal or partial removal of roof deck sheathing at the eaves, that exposes the roof to wall connection, will allow the installation of clips or straps that will reinforce the connection.
Frequently Asked Questions
what is hurricane protection?
Hurricane protection is structural strengthening of your residence to better resist the steady force and strong gusts that occur for hours during a tropical storm or hurricane.
What are hurricane clips?
Hurricane clips are steel connectors that have been designed, tested, and mandated by all building codes for new construction to connect your roof structure to your wall structure. When the tropical storm or hurricane winds hit your walls they are forced upwards to the over hang of your roof. Hurricane clips have passed rigid international lab testing and they are shown to quadruple (4x) the hold downforce at the junction of the roof and wall. In equivalent terms, just the basic hurricane clip installation is like parking 8 to 12 full size SUV’s around the periphery of your roof as a hold down.
How effective are hurricane clips at protecting your house?
Between 50% to 70% of hurricane induced losses are due to roof failures. Hurricane clips are mandated for new construction, additions, and remodels. They are urged by hurricane insurers for existing homes built before 1995 in Florida (1995 is the date that the code was fully enforced). The simple explanation is that roof to wall connectors (clips) add a tested, proven, and surprisingly large degree of resistance to wind gusts and steady storm force winds. In other words, it is proven, especially for Florida single wall houses which have little resistance to the push of side force winds that once your roof frame (the lid on the box) starts lifting the walls then are free to flex, bend, and collapse. This starts with only a couple of inches of side force dislocation because that is usually enough to cause the windows to break or blow out. Once the winds have access to the inside of the house then it finishes off the lifting of the roof.
Where are hurricane clips installed?
On new construction they are installed at the roof to wall junction at the top of your inside walls behind the drywall. On existing construction, called retrofitting, they area installed on the outside at the top of your walls where the roof rafters exist the attic. They are unobtrusive looking, usually only 3 inches tall and 1 inch wide.
Are hurricane clips noticeable?
Surprisingly they are barely noticeable. That is because, first people barely look at the top of the wall on the outside. They barely notice existing electric wires, water lines, electric meters, etc. Secondly, they are painted to blend in.
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