Hurricanes are on the rise. Don’t believe us? Reports show that the number of strong hurricanes since the 1980s has been steadily increasing from year to year. 2017 saw 18 named storms hit the East Pacific region alone, with nine hurricanes, four of which were major.
And they are getting more powerful, as well. Statistically, you or someone you love will experience devastation by extreme weather at some point in your life. With a constant barrage of life-threatening storms battering the US every year, there’s never been a more dangerous time to be a homeowner.
So, join us today, as we break down one of the most important developments in hurricane safe homes: insulated concrete forms.
Hurricanes: Meet Your Match
The devastation left behind after a hurricane can be heartbreaking. For many people, it means property damage they might never recover from. And, with category 4 and 5 hurricanes on the rise, it’s not like we can just wait out the storm. The number of hurricanes is expected to increase, and those are just the facts.
There is some good news, however. One of the most innovative ways to protect yourself, your family and your home comes in one insulated brick, and it’s known in the industry as insulated concrete forms.
Hurricane resistant homes need to be one thing, first and foremost: sturdy. Questions of energy efficiency and insulation are all fair and well, but when a category 4 hurricane is bearing down on you, you want something sturdy.
Disaster awareness committees understand this, which is why several of America’s top names in this field have begun recommending ICF construction for its strength. Resilient homes should be able to withstand floods, storm damage, fire and hurricane wind events. After all, when Hurricane Sandy can kill 159 people and destroy 650,000 homes, the best investment is a tough house.
ICF houses take full advantage of rebar reinforcement and are filled with concrete for added strength. The result is a building that can stand up in all sorts of adverse weather conditions and is ready to last a lifetime. Not only this, but it’s also usually finished in concrete sidings for added durability.
In neighborhoods where ICF homes have been built alongside standard wood framed homes, the results are obvious during a hurricane. Standard homes tend to buckle during extreme weather because wood simply isn’t as strong as an ICF shell.
As an added note, wood frame houses also catch fire much more easily than ICF. What takes roughly 15 minutes to catch fire in a wood frame house’s foundations might never be an issue at all with ICF.
ICF walled houses are built to withstand strong winds, water, and fire. In addition to being simpler and quicker to install, with better insulation, it’s this added safety that makes them the perfect investment for your home.
Hurricanes and other extreme weather conditions aren’t going anywhere soon. With ICF construction in your corner, however, it’s possible to protect your loved ones and personal property.
Visit Hurricane Home Builders or get in touch, for more on our hurricane resistant building, and protect your home today!