As your roof can cop a battering in a severe thunderstorm, we would like to stress how important it is to prepare for storm season. Even with a quality roof, no house will be completely safe from damage so Gold Coast residents must take measures now to avoid the negative consequences of the coming storms.
To minimise damage in the event of a thunderstorm or hailstorm, the following steps can be taken.
- Ensure the roof is in good repair - installed correctly and maintained. In our climate, roofs deteriorate over time because of exposure to sun, rain and winds. So, to avoid deterioration and costly repairs, schedule regular inspections and maintenance.
- Reinforce your home with hail resistant roofing materials. Despite the frequency of storms and the extensive damage that can occur from a hailstorm, Australian building codes do not currently require roofs to be resilient to hail damage. To further protect your house, going beyond the requirements and installing a hail resistant roof may be something to consider.
- Get a builder to check the structural integrity of your house and make sure it meets the Queensland Building Code Appendix 4 design standard. The roof is the most vulnerable part of the house because it has to withstand strong uplift forces and current building codes stipulate improved interior tie-down standards for improved structural strength.
- Changes to Australian Building Standards in made 1981 aim to significantly reduce damage from cyclones and severe storms. So if your home was built before 1981, arrange a professional builder to check your building and identify ways you can increase the structural integrity of your home to withstand high winds during storms.
- If you think your house has been damaged in a recent storm, arrange to have a building inspection to determine if any damages were incurred that might make you more vulnerable to the next one. Ask the expert to look for loose fittings, rust, and wear and tear.
A photo taken of the storms that hit South East Queensland over the weekend. Taken at Cleveland and courtesy of Danni Church.
At Action, we can engage a qualified practitioner to install or inspect your roof and ensure you will be prepared for the forthcoming Gold Coast storm season. We believe that the time and money you put in to prepare your roof is well worth it and will be insignificant in comparison to what you would have to invest to repair your home in the event of a severe storm.
Sources: Harden Up & Allianz
If you would like to discuss more ways you can protect your metal roof this storm season, contact us at Action Sheetmetal & Roofing by phoning 07 5564 8200, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or online www.actionsheetmetal.com.
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