The roof, windows, doors and even the overall shape of your home plays a role in its ability to withstand hurricane force winds. When buying a home in Florida, it’s important to look for a home with all of the right features to withstand the force of a hurricane.
Since 1851, The National Hurricane Center has tallied 141 hurricanes in the state of Florida; that’s more than Alabama and Mississippi combined. 15 of these hurricanes were major systems. This shouldn’t cause you too much concern as long as your home is built to withstand these forces.
Hurricane-proof homes not only help keep you and your family safe, but they help make it more affordable to insure the property. Homes that are in more hurricane-prone locations may be more expensive, and potentially even impossible, to insure. By purchasing a home with all of the right safeguards against hurricanes you limit the possibilities of paying sky-high prices for insurance, or not getting insurance at all.
What Is A Windstorm Inspection?
Windstorm insurance inspection is a common home inspection in which your home’s ability to withstand hurricane force winds is determined. There are certain construction features that have been determined a liability in terms of increasing the risk for storm damage. An inspector looks for these elements, as well as features that help promote the overall safety of a structure in a serious storm. Inspectors are looking for things like gable end bracing, shutter opening protections, hip roof, concrete block construction, clips or hurricane straps and a secondary water resistant barrier.
Hurricane Proof Windows
Windows and doors are the most vulnerable entry points on your home for both harsh winds and water. Impact-resistant glass or heavy-duty storm shutters are adamant to keeping out high-flying debris swept up by the winds. Shutters do not have to be a permanent fixture, but fastening hardware for shutters should be a permanent feature. Shutters are often made of wood because wood tends to be very flexible. Reinforced concrete is even stronger and can withstand extreme winds.
Hurricane Proof Doors
There are hurricane resistant doors on the market that are much stronger than your average door. If an ordinary door gets caught up in a hurricane it can blow off and into the house causing serious structural damage.
Your garage door is yet another vulnerable door that is often victim of high hurricane winds. If the wind is able to take down your garage door and get inside it creates a serious wind tunnel in your home that is strong enough to rip off the roof. Garage doors should be built with specialized strength so that this doesn’t happen.
Hurricane Proof Roof
Hurricane force winds can create a negative pressure that results in a lifting force capable of ripping your roof right off. As soon as the roof comes off, the entire building is at serious risk for falling apart.
A well-prepared roof should be anchored through the walls all the way down to your home’s foundation. There are several different methods used to anchor the roof on.
More and more homes are being built in a dome shape as opposed to the traditional shape of a home. Geometrically speaking, a round roof is much better at withstanding high winds because of the way the wind moves over and around it as opposed to directly into it. Of course, dome-shaped houses are still pretty rare in comparison to more traditional shaped roofs.
Building Up Near The Water
If your home is located directly on the water there are even more precautions you must take. All it takes is one huge wave and your entire home could be destroyed if it’s not prepared. To help ensure the safety of you and your home, it’s best that homes near the water are built up on higher ground. If waves can reach the building, it should be elevated on concrete, wooden pilings or steel or anchored to solid rock.
Homes that are fully equipped with a backup generator will prevent you from losing power, no matter how bad the storm gets. There are whole house systems available but a small generator will work well to keep the bare necessities going. If the home you purchase does not come with a generator of some type, you may want to consider investing one.
When you enlist the help of a real estate agent from Curri Properties you can rest assured that the safety of you, your family and your future home remains our top priority.