How to Design a Hurricane Resistant Home

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South Carolina’s coastal location makes it vulnerable to hurricanes. While many homeowners have learned how to prepare for these storms as they approach, it’s important to understand that preparation should begin long before the official start of hurricane season. Protecting your home from hurricanes really starts with the design of your home. Because the damages of a hurricane can be so catastrophic, more and more homeowners are implementing hurricane-resistant materials and designs so that they’re better protected during these severe storms. Read on to learn more on how to design a hurricane-resistant home.

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Home Design Features for Hurricane Protection

Consider the following when designing a hurricane-resistant home:

Shape

The shape of your home plays a significant role on how strong winds impact it. Your designer from The Anderson Studio will create a hurricane-resistant blueprint for your home, keeping the following in mind:

  • Roof Pitch. The optimum roof pitch for wind deflection and reduced lift is 6/12
  • Circular Shape. Circular structures transfer wind and environmental loads more effectively
  • Multiple Slopes. Roofs with multiple slopes such as a hip roof (four slopes) perform better under wind forces than gable roofs (two slopes). Gable roofs are generally more common because they are cheaper to build. However, a 30-degree roof slope has the best results when it comes to wind protection
  • Roof Overhangs. Roof overhangs are subject to wind uplift forces, which could trigger a roof failure. When designing a hurricane-resistant home, the length of these overhangs should be limited to 20 inches
  • Floor Plans. Homes featuring square, hexagonal, or octagonal floor plans with a multiple-panel roof (four or more panels) have been found to reduce wind loads

Sustainability

When a hurricane comes through, thousands of homeowners are left without power, running water, or a way to regulate their home’s interior temperature. Designing your home with specific sustainable features can help you avoid many of these issues. For instance, having a solar water heater provides you with uninterrupted hot water, even during a storm. In addition, enhanced insulation methods help maintain a balanced temperature inside the house. Finally, the use of solar energy can help power essential items in your home even when grid power is out.

Materials

The materials you use to build a hurricane-resistant home have to be strong enough to withstand winds of over 100mph. Steel and concrete are popular options, because they are durable and water-resistant. Reinforced windows with impact glass can prevent wind and water from entering the home. They can also keep your family safe from projectile objects that could be thrown into your windows by a strong wind.

Protect The Roof

One of the most common issues homeowners face during a hurricane is roof leaks. For this reason, many people who are building and designing their dream home in hurricane prone areas choose to put an extra layer of insulation underneath their roof to protect it from water damage. A foam sealant can also offer significant protection from strong winds and flying objects.

Hurricane Resistant, Not Hurricane Proof

There’s really no such thing as a hurricane-proof home. However, there are things you can do when building your home to make it more secure during severe storms. Knowing how to design a hurricane-resistant home will give you peace of mind when the next storm warning comes around.

Create a Safe, Stylish Home

If you want to help ensure your next home can withstand the high winds, storm surges, and heavy rains of a hurricane, call The Anderson Studio of Architecture and Design today. Your family, belongings, and home are far too important to not protect with these essential hurricane-resistant features.

We’re ready to put our team to the task to create a home that will look great, reflect your personality and lifestyle, and help to keep you as safe as possible during a storm.

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