Here’s the proof on cyclone roofs - Rockhampton builder

NO DAMAGE: Affordable Quality Homes owner Scott Kilpatrick stands in front of one of his houses, which was one of thousands that withstood Cyclone Marcia without any damage.
NO DAMAGE: Affordable Quality Homes owner Scott Kilpatrick stands in front of one of his houses, which was one of thousands that withstood Cyclone Marcia without any damage. Contributed

IT was the little details and extra precautions that paid off for builder Scott Kilpatrick.

Building over 2000 homes in Central Queensland since 1991, the Affordable Quality Homes owner said he was extremely happy to hear not one of his roofs had been lost or damaged as a result of Cyclone Marcia.

"We were very encouraged to see even after a Category five cyclone that hit the Capricorn Coast, which is where half of our homes are built and when it ripped through Rocky, that we didn't get one single damaged house," he said.

"We're very grateful for all of our past customers who expressed how much they appreciate our work; it really means a lot to us.

"When we build a house, a builder's worst nightmare is to have something go wrong in a storm, so we take a lot of additional precautions. And one of the reasons we do this generally is because insurance companies come hunting for builders to pay for the damages.

"So we've taken those extra measures through the years to make sure, where possible, nothing comes back to us and Cyclone Marcia made it all worthwhile to prove that."

Mr Kilpatrick said because of the force and angle from Marcia's rain, he'd heard of a few cases where home owners experienced water coming through their windows.

"We had one or two (homes) where the rain water blew up underneath the guttering and had left a small amount of water in the ceilings, so it wasn't a real problem," Mr Kilpatrick said.

"In our house too we had what they call hydrostatic pressure, which pushes the rain through the drain holes in the windows, which causes a miniature fountain back in to the house."

As a result of the cyclone, Mr Kilpatrick said he expected to see government legislation put forward for the region to reinforce things like different window drainage, bringing them up to a cyclone standard.

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