Though many hurricanes can destroy even the most secure homes, it’s still important to focus on keeping your structure protected during your new construction process. Here are some hurricane safe home construction tips:
- Utilize construction fastening systems — It’s required for buildings in coastal areas to have a continuous load path that directs wind loans on the roof and walls down to the foundation. The best way to achieve this, at least at the moment, is by using tie-down straps, cable ties, expansion bolts, and hurricane clips.
- Focus on impact resistance — Securing your home is essential, but you have to make sure you’re spending as much time making your home impact resistant. Hurricane windows can cost between $40 and $55 per square feet, and they are imperative for a strong and durable home.
- Keep everything dry — Make sure your home builders are using sealants, waterproof membranes, rain screen systems, house wraps, and mold and mildew-resistant materials throughout the process. Keeping moisture out of the home can directly reduce damage and keep your home safe for years. Additionally, addressing and fixing plumbing problems is just as important for avoiding costly and damaging issues down the line.
- Don’t neglect your garage door — Many homeowners focus on securing their house but then ignore their garage. Garage doors are typically quite weak and can be easily destroyed by hurricane-force winds. If the door gives way, the winds can enter the house and cause your entire roof to be destroyed from underneath.