Decoding Disaster Resistant Construction: High Performance Materials in Safe Room Construction

We count on our homes to shelter us from the elements and keep us safe. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen from the destruction caused by the tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri, sometimes our homes are no match for Mother Nature  마곡노래방. Fortunately, when houses fail, safe rooms exist to provide homeowners and their families with protection against the most powerful tornadoes and hurricanes.

Because tornadoes can strike with little to no warning, safe rooms are most effective when they are readily accessible. A safe room can take several forms. Functioning rooms on the ground floor of a home such as a bathroom or closet can be reinforced to double as a shelter in severe weather as long as the walls, ceiling and foundation of the room are structurally independent of the rest of the home. Basements or garages can also be retrofitted to meet federally regulated storm shelter guidelines.

Safe rooms can also exist outside of the home, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA recommends an “in-residence safety room” in a basement, in a centrally located room on the first floor of a home or on a “concrete slab-on-grade foundation or garage floor. Homeowners with in-residence safe rooms don’t have to go outside during severe weather and risk exposure to high winds and flying debris. FEMA also notes that homeowners living in flood zones should not build safe rooms for hurricane protection or for tornado protection where heavy rainfall may cause flooding.

Although storm shelters can be installed in a pre-existing home, they are significantly less expensive when included in the initial blueprint. According to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, when installed during the construction of a house, a homeowner can expect to spend between six and eight thousand dollars. When an existing home is retrofitted for a safe room, the cost is generally closer to ten thousand.* Although the cost can be significant, adding a safe room increases a home’s value and in some regions can qualify a homeowner for tax breaks. Federal grants also exist to assist homeowners with construction costs.

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