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July 15, 2021

How $50 can strengthen your roof

Did you know spending about $50 on the right kind of nails can double the strength of your roof?

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety shares advice that can help you protect your roof and your home from storms. The institute tests products in storm-like conditions, then lists the best at www.fortifiedhome.org.

Here are the institute’s top tips for protecting your roof

  • Make sure the roof decking—which is what shingles or a metal roof sit on—is attached to the trusses or the rafters with ring shank nails. Ring shank nails have ridges or grooves on them.
  • Seal the roof deck to keep wind and water out of the roof cover. That will keep water out of the house and from causing even more damage.
  • Purchase roof covering products designed to resist the conditions you actually face in your area. You don’t always have to spend more money.
  • Make sure your garage door is properly rated. If you lose it in a storm, the pressure change inside your house could cause major structural failures.

Watch this video to learn how to strengthen your roof and home.