Ah, summer, the time when our kids are off from school, we have extra free time and projects get started around our house. As we enter into the summer season and enjoy the warm weather and water, one thing we should be reminded of is hurricane season has also started. Since we live here in South Florida, hurricanes are inevitable. Its not a question of if they are going to come, it's a question of when. Here at Steve Cury Construction, we have come up with a list of some of the common items that can be damaged when a hurricane does hit. If the project or repair is not done correctly it could cost you more in the long run. It is important to keep your home up-to-date on the latest hurricane requirements and technology to protect your home from these disastrous scenarios.
- Roof Lifting. Remember in 2005-2006 when hurricane Charlie, Frances and Ivan hit the state of Florida? No matter where you went there were all kinds of tarps that people had put on their roofs to protect from leaks due to damage of their roof. When building codes first started the standards were not as high as they are today. It is important to note that a home that was built in 1970 and has "survived many hurricanes" may not be as safe as you think and probably does not meet today's tough hurricane codes. One major hazard is what is called as "roof lifting". What makes roof lifting so dangerous and possible is because your roof acts like an airplane wing. Higher ontop and flat on the bottom. The air going over the top of the roof actually creates a negative pressure pulling on the roof while the air that hits the over hang a positive pressure pushing on the roof from below thus causing the roof to lift and potentially blow off. To keep this from happening code requirements have stated the maximum roof overhang, use of hurricane straps on every roof truss and other mechanical fasteners that help hold the roof on during these situations. If you are looking to add an addition to your house and have to open up the roof, make sure that it is done right with the correct fasteners. This will ensure that your new addition and existing roof have added protection against the storm.
- Knocked down outbuildings, car ports or porches. As stated before, code requirements for new construction is always changing and improving. If you are looking to take on a new addition such as a car port, building a porch on your house or even an outbuilding, do you know if you are meeting the correct hurricane code? A home project may save you some money initially and may handle a few thunderstorms, but is it engineered and built to withstand a hurricane? If an outbuilding is not anchored properly can easily be lifted up or destroyed causing dangerous debris to be blown around your property and neighborhood causing more destruction than if it was designed properly. The same goes for porches and car ports. These can collapse, be broken apart and cause dangerous debris to become projectiles in high winds threatening property and people's safety.
If you have a project that you are wanting to undertake but not sure how to go about it, be sure to give us here at Steve Cury Construction a call. We have the years of experience, know what the state and local code requirements are and we have our plans certified by a structural engineer to ensure they meet or exceed hurricane code. Any construction project that you are looking to take on this summer is worth the time to give us a call so we can help you accomplish your visions on how you want to customize your home for both you and your family. If you do suffer damage from a tropical storm or hurricane this summer, call Steve Cury Construction at (888) 240-1192 for quality hurricane damage repair.