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Roof anchorage is one of the most important indicators of potential wind-induced damage. The failure or absence of roof anchors may result in the roof being blown off and the walls falling apart.
Hurricane straps are joints of galvanized steel that secure your roof to the walls of your home. There are a variety of styles of hurricane straps that are available to choose from to fit the particular type of construction of your home. Hurricane straps resist the natural structural movement of your home in major storms. Hurricane straps are versatile and can be attached to window sills, wall intersections, and upper and lower floor wall studs. When installed correctly, hurricane straps increase the strength of construction significantly. The benefits are so pronounced that hurricane straps are now considered essential or required by code officials and insurance companies.
Metal hurricane clips provide a positive connection for tying the roof to the wall. The once common practice of toe-nailing the trusses or rafters to the wall is not sufficient to hold a roof in place during high winds. Most older houses don’t have hurricane clips, and it’s hard to see if your home has them because of insulation in the attic.
The once common practice of toe-nailing the trusses or rafters to the wall is not sufficient to hold a roof in place during high winds toe nailing provides the least amount of protection from wind uplifting.