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Q. I don’t live in a flood zone, so do I really need to consider an escape roof hatch for my home?


A. Floods are the most common disaster in the US.  According to floodsmart.gov, floods and flash floods happen in all 50 states and flash floods often bring walls of water 20 feet high.  Flood zones are land areas identified by FEMA.  Each flood zone describes that land area in terms of it’s risk of flooding.  Everyone lives in a flood zone – it’s just a question of whether you live in a low, moderate, or high risk area.  Also, you do not have to be near the water to be at risk.  Just a steady rainfall can cause rivers, lakes, or other bodies of water to overflow their banks – threatening the communities near them.
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Q. Aren't there usually warnings that would allow for me and my family to evacuate our home prior to a flood occurring?


A. Flooding situations cannot always be predicted and often occur abruptly in the form of flash floods.  Even when conditions are predictable, many homeowners underestimate the danger and/or make the decision to remain thinking they can best protect their home and property by not evacuating.  While residents should evacuate when instructed, some simply choose not to do so.  Here are a few examples of situations that arose quickly with severe devastation and, unfortunately, loss of life.  

  1. Tropical Storm Allison dropped over 36” of rain on Houston, TX in a short time in June, 2001 flooding over 70,000 houses and destroying 2,744 homes. 
  2. Tropical Storm Claudette brought torrential rains in both Texas and Louisiana in July, 1979 and produced a US one-day rainfall record of 42” in the Alvin, TX area.
  3. Iowa/Midwest Flood of June, 2008 – A hydrological event (the movement of water) that created devastating floods in multiple areas of the state over a prolonged period of time.  Two dozen deaths, 148 injured, 22 levees breached, with water covering 1300 city blocks (9.2 sq miles) in Cedar Rapids.
  4. Tennessee Flooding of May, 2010 – a significant weather system brought very heavy rain and thunder storms that stalled for 2 days.  Twenty one deaths were recorded in Tennessee including 10 in Davidson County.  Of the 10, 4 of the victims were found in their homes.
  5. Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005 – The flooding of New Orleans and the surrounding area is perhaps the most vivid of recent floods, with many people rescued from rooftops in the aftermath of the storm.  For many that did not evacuate, their rooftop became their only means for rescue.

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Q. Can I install a High Tide Escape Roof Hatch in my existing home or is it only for installation in new construction?


A.  You can absolutely install the roof hatch in an existing home.  It is designed to fit between standard 24” rafters.  Simply remove a 24”x24” area of shingles and felt paper (or a slightly larger area to tie into an existing shingle pattern), install the roof hatch onto the rafters, and then patch over the roof hatch with felt and shingles.  For best use, the hatch should be installed in a section of the roof easily accessible from your attic staircase/entry point, above decking for standing below the hatch, and about waist high for an average person standing through the open hatch.
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Q. How difficult is it to deploy/open the roof hatch when needed, and can it be used multiple times?


A.  The roof hatch opens inward and utilizes a crank handle that leverages against the rafter for deployment.  As you turn the handle, the roof hatch is pulled downward with each turn.  Generally, if you are of age and physical ability to turn the crank of a small boat trailer, then you can turn the roof hatch crank and open the roof hatch.  Once opened, it can be closed and reopened numerous times.  When the crisis passes, you simply close the hatch and patch the roof over the hatch area.
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Q. Is the roof hatch visible from outside my home or does it affect the outward appearance of my home?


A.  Along with being a potential life saving device, one of the best features of the High Tide Escape Roof Hatch is that it is completely invisible from the exterior of your home.  Its patented design makes it actually become part of the roof decking and allows for felt and shingles to go right over it (and into it) just as it does regular decking.
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Q. Is there somewhere that I can purchase the High Tide Escape Roof Hatch other than from this website?


A.  Currently, we have a distributor partnership with ABC Supply company via one of their 400 nationwide locations or as a supplement to their Spring, 2012 catalog. The Roof Hatch will be displayed and available beginning in their Fall, 2012 catalog. Better pricing than this website may be available by going directly through ABC. If you choose to order here, you can do so by clicking "Buy Now" and proceeding to a PayPal checkout process or you can call our office at 409-729-5555 if you prefer to order from a sales representative.
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