Hurricane Resistant

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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For many homeowners on the southeastern seaboard and in states like Florida, having a truly hurricane resistant home may sound like a dream. The 150+ mph force of hurricanes can easily rip apart most standard building materials, including walls, garage doors, and roofs. Some builders and construction companies, though, offer home-buyers the choice to make their homes hurricane resistant.

In many cases, the homebuyer can specify the degree of hurricane resistance needed. For example, they may choose to install some hurricane-proof windows, but leave others unmodified. Or, they may choose to create a hurricane resistant safe room in the house, with concrete-reinforced walls and steel-plated doors and ceiling.

Hurricane Resistant Concrete Construction

In general, concrete construction is much more resistant to gale-force winds than traditional wood construction. Builders who use materials such as ICFs (insulated concrete forms) often tout the strength of insulated concrete walls as a major factor in a consumer's decision to go with ICF. In general, ICF walls can withstand hurricanes, tornadoes, and have a three-hour fire rating, all of which are attractive to many consumers.

There are other advantages to ICF construction. In many cases, a small team with only a little experience can create strong, professional concrete walls, finishing the wall in a single afternoon after carefully preparing the site. ICFs also have high R-values, insulating homes from both extreme temperatures and unwanted noise.

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