I live in Fort Lauderdale and survived hurricane Wilma. in order to better prepare my home for future storms, I am installing gable end bracing as described in most "hurricane survival guides".
I can see that most gable end bracing consists of a simple "X" supporting the gable end, spanning 4 trusses, and attached by 2 3-inch wood screws. Since this is a rather inexpensive and important piece of windproofing, are there better/stronger versions of this I can install?
for instance, does it make it stronger to use 4 3-inch wood screws or may that damage the 2x4? also, instead of a simple "X" shape, could i use multiple parallel 2x4's between the gable end and adjacent trusses to provide additional support or would that not provide any additional strength during a windstorm?
i've got the extra wood and this space in my attic makes this job pretty accessible so i figured as long as i can do this myself, i might as well do it as best i can.
JLP in Florida
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