We simulated the damage of a tree falling on a roof by dropping a piano from a crane. Such an accident can cause major structural damage. Consult a professional if there are any reframing needs due to building codes.
During a hurricane the strength of the sheathing on the roof can greatly impact the homes ability to weather the storm. The connection between the roof sheathing and the structure is a vulnerable point that is known to fail during a hurricane. This video shows how some roofs fail under heavy winds in uplift situations. Keep these tips in mind when roofing in hurricane areas. When installing roof sheathing, use nails with longer nail shank, larger diameter and a larger head than may be required. Also, use more nails and place them closer together to build a stronger roof.