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7 Stylish Ways to Spruce Up Your Back Patio

justin brotton - Thursday, November 10, 2016

Back patios are the new ‘must have’ living space and well worth the investment. Try these 7 stylish ways to spruce up your back patio and create an amazing outdoor living area for your family:


  • Add a deck! Building a deck onto your patio can more than triple your space to make a fabulous and functional outdoor living room. Decks are also great to level out a sloping yard.
  • Who said you can’t decorate the outdoors? Find some cozy furniture (Lowe’s has great outdoor sets!), a colorful rug, throw in some comfy pillows and you have an official outdoor living room. More space equals more fun and value for your home!
  • There is nothing like the soothing sound of running water. Add a water feature to your back patio and up your relaxation factor. With a little Pinterest help, you can even make your own DIY fountain out of a ceramic pot.
  • Need a little privacy? Have your very own pergola built to fancy up your patio. Pergolas not only add private space, but also help create a functional living area. Throw in an outdoor ceiling fan and some twinkle lights and you will never want to go inside.
  • Build a patio bar! Outdoor living rooms are made for entertaining and what better way to amp up the fun than with a wooden bar complete with wine cooler and glass rack.
  • Who doesn’t love a porch swing? This isn’t your grandma’s swing - modern swings are padded with thick cushions and even drink holders. So, relax and swing away!
  • Pave a path to your patio with brick or tile pavers. Pavers add charm and definition to an outdoor space and create a dry walkway during rainy season.

Your back patio isn’t just empty space; it can be transformed into an amazing living area for you and your family. So, get creative, get your HGTV on, and go to town!


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Hurricane Clips Can Help Save Your Roof

justin brotton - Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tornado force winds place a tremendous strain on a home, especially to the roof. Dangerous pressure is created by severe winds pressing on outer walls, and pushing upward against the roof overhang. The combination of these forces can break already weak connections and cause the roof to lift clear of the structure. Wind forces against a roof are uplift forces, which is why almost every weather.com tornado video features roofs blowing up and off homes.

"The roof lifts off and the walls are left without any lateral stability or bracing. They tend to collapse outwards, and the house looks as if it's exploding," said Ernst Kiesling, professor of civil engineering at Texas Tech University, “So if you can keep that roof on, you have more resistance against the wind.”

An inexpensive, but effective way to help protect your home during a tornado, is through ‘hurricane clips’. Hurricane clips are galvanized-steel clips that connect trusses or rafters to the top plate of the roof. This greatly increases the connection strength, giving greater stability to the entire home. Hurricane clips provide extra security ranging from 400 to 1500 pounds or more of high pressure protection. The type of clip your home needs depends on your tornado risk, and potential ferocity of wind strength.

In, tornado prone Oklahoma, it is vital that extra precautions are taken to protect the integrity of your home during high wind events. If you are replacing or repairing your roof, be sure to ask your contractor about the addition of hurricane clips to better prepare your home for severe weather.


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Rating Tornadoes – The Enhanced Fujita Scale

justin brotton - Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tornadoes come in all strengths and sizes, from small dusters to one mile long monsters. Their damage can be extensive and varied. In 1971 Tetsuya Theodore Fujita of the University of Chicago, invented a scale to measure tornadoes based on the extent of damage they produced. The scale measures wind forces required to destroy homes and buildings and ranged from F0 (smaller twisters) to F5 (larger twisters).

Recently, an Enhanced Fujita Scale was devised by engineers and meteorologists to more accurately determine a tornadoes wind speed and ability for destruction. This enhanced scale now details damage for 23 specific types of buildings such as mobile homes, homes, and schools. It also includes destruction parameters for additional objects such as trees, power poles and cell towers.

Enhanced Fujita Scale Ratings:


  • EF-0: Wind speeds between 65 and 85 mph. Light structural damage including surface peel to roofs and broken tree branches.
  • EF-1: Wind speeds between 86 and 110 mph. Moderate structural damage. Stripped roofs, overturned mobile homes and cars.
  • EF-2: Wind speeds between 111 and 135 mph. Considerable structural damage. Complete loss of roofs, shifting foundations, cars and mobile homes destroyed. Uprooted or snapped trees.
  • EF-3: Wind speeds between 136 and 165 mph. Severe structural damage. Weak structures blown from foundations, large buildings severely damaged.
  • EF-4: Wind speeds between 166 and 200 mph. Devastating damage. Homes completely leveled, cars turned into missiles.
  • EF-5: Wind speeds over 200 mph. Incredible damage. Strong framed homes leveled from foundations. High rise buildings with significant structural damage. Cars thrown through air as high as 109 yards.

The purpose of the Fujita scale is to help people better prepare for tornadoes, and to enhance the strength of buildings, homes and even storm shelters. This knowledge helps to build structures that are better able to withstand the intensity of tornadoes.


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The Rise of the Tornado Cluster!

justin brotton - Wednesday, November 09, 2016

What exactly is a tornado cluster? Tornado clusters are sudden outbursts of twisters that can occur over several days. These outbreaks happen more frequently and with more tornadoes involved in each occurrence. It is considered an outbreak when six or more EF-1 tornadoes begin within 6 hours of each other, despite their proximity.

During a recent NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) study, researchers discovered that the average number of tornadoes, per cluster, has risen from 10 to 15 in recent years. The project involved studying the number of tornadoes per outbreak in addition to the tornado variability. "These discoveries suggest that the risks from tornado outbreaks are rising far faster than previously recognized,” stated Joel Cohen, a mathematical population biologist and head of the Laboratory of Populations at Rockefeller University in New York and Columbia's Earth Institute.

A record 79% of tornado fatalities have resulted from these deadly outbreaks. During a particularly destructive week in April of 2011, more than 350 tornadoes weaved a destructive path across south-central United States causing more than 300 fatalities. With the increased possibility of multiple tornadoes, state emergency funds as well as the availability of first responders can be stretched to a breaking point.

Understanding the reason for the rise in outbreaks, is still a gray area. Climate change has been suggested as the possible drive for the increased number of tornadoes since weather patterns are in a constant state of flux. But scientists caution against zeroing in on certain conclusions until more data has been analyzed.


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