Embick, being a local company, have experienced a great deal of damages obviously because of our past wind disasters from hurricanes and tropical storms.
Your house has a gable end if it has a triangular wall that sits on a rectangular wall. Its overhang is at an angle, not horizontal like the eaves. Because of their prominent exposure to winds and the fact that they are frequently not well built or well connected, gable end walls can take a tremendous beating during a hurricane. They are the highest walls on most houses so they are exposed to the highest winds. If they are not properly braced and anchored, they can collapse and you will have a catastrophic amount of damage done to your home. Five to eleven inches of rain can be expected in a typical hurricane; however, rain fall can be in multiples of feet if a hurricane moves slowly and has a lot of moisture in it. Fortunately, of all the possible structural retrofits, gable end walls are usually the easiest to strengthen and deserve to be one of the highest priorities on your retrofit list. Its priority is right up there with roof coverings.
Typical gable ends have four major areas of weaknesses that create risks of failures in high winds. The first and most common area of weakness is the fastening of roof sheathing. A second closely related weakness is the support/anchorage of roof overhangs at the gable end. The third most common area of weakness is at the bottom of the gable end wall and involves the connections between the rectangular wall, the triangular wall, and the ceiling diaphragm. The fourth area of weakness is the framing members and connections that form the structure of the gable end wall.
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