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How to Prepare for a Hurricane

>> Nov 24, 2016



There is no amount of preparation that can make you, your family and your home totally ready for disasters. However, time and time again, you will be reminded that prevention is always better than cure. Why be sorry if you can choose to be safe? This feeling of safety should have started from the moment you had your house or building’s construction.

Engineers and architects who are in large part involved in formulating the best plan for your structure have done their parts in trying to keep the construction as safe as possible. On the other hand, you can also contribute in ensuring the safety of your property. And it all boils down to awareness. Here are a few key tips that you might want to consider or reconsider for your construction – the least you can do to prepare for a natural disaster such as a hurricane.
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Keep your friends close and your architect closer.

Certain shapes, forms and styles are designed not only for greater aesthetic value but for safety purposes as well. Multi-sloped roofs, for instance, can stand heavier wind blows compared to those which are bi-sloped such as gables. Another example are multi-sided and multi-cornered floor plans, which are known to be better wind resistant ones compared to simple three or four sided floor plans. Consider these things when discussing safety measures and home defense features with your architect.

Don’t forget your engineer.

Inter-connections between the structure itself and the foundation and all its support frames and systems matter a lot - not only when dealing with natural calamities. Wind directions play a major role in destabilizing a construction. This is why it has become a trend in modern engineering to favor connected walls and roofs in order to avoid getting your roofs blown off by strong wind activities. For these concerns, having a knowledgeable engineer by your side may be a good idea.

Some aren’t actually rocket science, but simple physics.

Normally, there will be portions of your house or building that would be exposed much more to wind pressure. Expect this with your roof ridges and eaves as well as its corners. However, the classic divide and conquer algorithm may also work in your favor when dealing with strong wind pressures. A lever positioned somewhere in the middle can be used to absorb and distribute the pressure resulting to lightening the pressing wind blows.

Fortunately, there are expert roofers who specialize in making sure that your construction will be sturdy even in the face of calamities. All you need to do is to ensure that you are dealing with an experienced and highly trusted roofing company.

Written by Precision Construction Services, the best service for roofing in Columbia, MO.

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