Us Queenslanders are getting better at extreme weather proofing, with only 3% of roofs ripped off during Cyclone Yasi (compared with 20% in the 1980s). If you’re new to the area and aren’t sure where to start with storm proofing your property, here’s the basics.
Secure them with barrel bolts. If a door facing the wind fails, a lot of pressure suddenly enters the house, putting your roof under considerable strain. Roller doors designed for cyclones are also recommended.
Roofs shaped like a pyramid often survive better than gabled roofs that are angled on only two sides.
Firmly secure all guttering to the house. You don’t want any falling off and causing damage during a storm.
Water tanks, fences, sheds and any other large items need to be secured with proper foundations. The last thing you want is for these items to be moving around during a storm.
Think mesh screens, bolted shutters and shatterproof glass. Don’t open windows on the downwind side.
A shelter room
It may seem a bit overkill, but a concrete shelter room with reinforced walls that’s stocked with supplies can be invaluable.
Pressure differences in and outside the house can suck water inside. Sealing the gaps can keep your home interior dry.
Trim back any tree branches that are too close to your property.
Don’t secure your roof cladding with nails, just battens, screws or clips to keep your cladding where you want it – on the roof!
Planning goes a long way
If you’re in a storm prone area, have a plan for when the weather warning comes in. Know where your garden items will be stored (or have them securely stowed when not in use) and be ready to act fast.
The elevation of your home will impact how much storm protection you need. If you’re unsure, drop me a line for a chat about any improvements that need to be made before storm season.