Just found out about some metal gizmos that are supposed to help hold my
house roof down during hurricane winds. They're called hurricane clips.
I'm going to have my house inspected to see if it has 'em now. If it
doesn't, are these things things that can be installed at this point without
it being a major thing?
There are a lot of different clips with different ratings and
Look at Simpson Strong Tie web site.
As w_tom notes, any location subject to high winds requires a system
that carries the uplift loads from roof to foundation. To be of any
real use, an engineer familiar with residential framing should look at
the existing conditions and make recommendations.
Depends on location. Hurricane clips for homes in NC and
south require extensive access to both roof joists and side
walls. Hurricane clips farther north can be applied if simple
access is available where roof meets 2x4 plate. Access simply
However some shore communities even north of NC now require
second floor wall studs be strapped to first floor studs.
Sounds like your community does not have this requirement.
My house was built in 1963 and it has a poured tie beam with embedded
straps that wrap over the trusses so age alone may not be the
They are actually thicker metal than the current So Fla code HETA-20
Hurricane straps for the roof / wall connections are fairly easy to
install if you are re-roofing. It isn't impossible to install them
without removing the roof sheating, but it is a lot more difficult and
therefore, a lot more expensive.
If you have a gable-end roof don't forget the gable-end bracing.
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