1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

February 27, 2008

:058 Evaluate Your Roof

Filed under: :058 Evaluate Your Roof — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

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Credit: Extreme Weather Hits Home

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:058 Tip: When it comes time to re-roof consider upgrading your roof to a higher quality. It will last longer and be better able to withstand the challenges from extreme weather conditions.

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Additional Information

In my book Extreme Weather Hits Home, Protecting Your Buildings from Climate Change I talk about many of the steps that can be taken to make a roof more durable.

Some of these are illustrated in the above diagram.

1. Use solid sheathing not skip sheathing. If the shingles are damaged, the solid sheathing can provide temporary protection from water intrusion until repairs can be made.

2. Use H-clips (Hurricane clips) to join the exterior grade plywood panels together for greater strength while maintaining the correct spacing.

3. Use a self-stick membrane to seal the joints between sheathing. Only seal the joints. If you cover the entire sheet of plywood, moisture may become trapped leading to rot.

4. Use a high wind nailing pattern (six inches or closer).

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These and other tips for preventing damage and first aid measures for recovery from extreme weather conditions are covered in my new book.

Its available from your local book seller or on line. For more information go to www.extremeweatherhitshome.com

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