Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hurricane Ties May Protect Your Roof

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hurricane Ties May Protect Your Roof

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Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate

As we finish an active hurricane season, you may be taking another look at strengthening your home.

One way to protect your roof is to reinforce it with hurricane straps. Jacksonville is a regional distribution center for a maker of hurricane ties, Simpson Strong Tie. Here are a few tips:

-- Reinforcing your home is not a simple project. The key is to connect the entire house to its strongest point, the foundation. "Along with roof-to-wall connections -- all joints in the structure -- floor-to-floor and wall-to-foundation -- must be secured to create a 'continuous load path' to the building's foundation," reports the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.

Tom Goldsbury, the city's chief of building and zoning inspection, said: "The hurricane strap only connects the trusses to the top plate. In the new code, the wind load on the roof is transferred all the way from the roof right down to the slab. …

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