Be prepared. Lacking the proper wind mitigation features on your roof can lead to serious damage.
Protecting your home and family is important to your peace of mind. In the Gulf Coast states and West Michigan, your home protection plan should include features to prevent wind damage. In a hurricane or severe storm, heavy wind can destroy your roof and other parts of your home. There are improvements that can make your home safer and bring significant savings on your insurance premium, and Green Built Roofing can help.
By installing wind mitigation features on your home and documenting the improvements with a wind mitigation inspection, you can qualify for discounts on your insurance policy.
If you’re interested in wind damage protection for your home, call us today at 1-844-906-1063 or click below to get started with a free estimate!
There are a variety of improvements that can help limit the damage caused to your home by high winds. Even if your home is insured, repairing the damage caused by a windstorm will still be costly.
Here at Green Built Roofing, we offer wind mitigation solutions to help protect your home from damage and prevent expensive repairs. Our qualified contractors will inspect your home to determine which improvements are necessary. There are several techniques to consider for wind mitigation, including:
It's important to first determine the condition of your existing roof deck and covering by getting it inspected by a professional. Any missing or loose shingles or roof tiles should be replaced. In Michigan, the roof covering should be rated to resist high winds and should be fastened using nails, not staples. If you're planning on having your roof replaced, you should choose a material with a higher wind rating that's also code-approved in Michigan. Whether you need roof repair or replacement, our expert roofers can help you select the best roof material for your home.
When hurricane winds hit your home, they not only push against the walls, but they also pull up on the roof. The best way to protect your house from hurricane wind damage is with a continuous load path. This load path is created by connecting the entire structure with special hurricane straps and clips. Your roof is connected to the walls, which are secured to your home's foundation. Retrofitting your home with roof-to-wall connections will improve your roof's wind resistance and can lower the cost of your insurance premium. Many older homes in Michigan didn't need to be built with a continuous load path, so they aren't able to withstand high winds.
A gable end is the triangular-shaped section of a wall between roof pitches. Because gable end walls are the highest walls on most houses, they are exposed to the highest winds. If a gable end wall isn't properly braced, it can collapse and cause significant damage to your home. Luckily, gable-end bracing is one of the easiest hurricane retrofits and should be considered in your overall wind mitigation plan.
Adding an extra layer of protection to your roof can help prevent water from leaking into your home if the shingles are blown off during a windstorm or hurricane. The most common solutions for roof sealing are using a self-adhering modified bitumen underlayment or a foam seal that's sprayed on the underside of the roof deck.
In a hurricane, glass windows and doors will likely be damaged. Hurricane shutters are a cost-effective solution for securing window openings in a storm. Home inspectors in West Michigan also recommend installing shatter-proof windows and doors.
How would you like to protect your property from wind damage while saving on your insurance premium? Here at Green Built Roofing, we can handle your wind mitigation upgrades as well as provide roofing services such as roof repair or replacement. If you have already made wind mitigation upgrades to your home, we can perform a wind mitigation inspection to help you qualify for discounts on your insurance.
Contact us today to request your free on-site evaluation and estimate in Grand Rapids, Wayland, Middleville, Byron Center, Caledonia, Hudsonville, Allegan or nearby.