June 1st to November 30th. Every year, these dates fill Florida and the rest of the country with dread, as hurricane season descends upon us all. Everywhere you look, from the TV news to Facebook, are the stories of people evacuating, cars stuck in floods, and houses being destroyed. It almost seems inescapable. After all: how do you stop a hurricane? After all, in 2018 alone, we saw tropical storm Alberto with winds of 45 mph, the strong tropical storm Gordon, and Mexico beach’s hurricane Michael (a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 160 mph). The latter storm was the third most intense tropical cyclone in the contiguous United States on record, and only the second most intense to make landfall in Florida.
How do you compete with mother nature on this level? Simple: you build with ICFs.
It’s Hurricane Season. Is Your Home Up To The Challenge?
An insulated concrete form home can mean the difference between life and death in a hurricane. ICFs are highly-rated building blocks, scientifically proven to withstand winds as high as 250mph. With double the impact resistance of a wood-framed wall, these insulated concrete structures are sweeping through Florida which, when you consider how many hurricanes we have here per year, makes a lot of sense.
ICF homes keep your family safe in the event of a hurricane. Windows, doors, and even ceilings can be compromised in the blink of an eye under heavy winds, but these walls are reinforced with rebar and concrete for added strength. Not only that, but they have been shown time and time again to pass FEMA’s standard impact and wind pressure tests, which means they can take a hit.
Remember, these forms are constructed from pairs of foam panels, connected with either plastic or steel bracers. The ICFs are set in the shape of your home, before a rebar framework is built into the spaces between the panels. Finally, concrete is poured into the gaps, filling them up entirely before hardening. This is why ICFs have developed their reputation for being disaster proof. These are airtight, fire-resistant structures that are insulated and tough as nails.
This resilience isn’t just an opinion, either. There are documented stories of homeowners in ICF-built houses, making it through Hurricanes Irma and Matthew completely fine. That means rising waters, howling winds and flying debris, all buffeting average suburban homes for hours without making a dent. Yards being ripped up, car windows being smashed, trees being uprooted nearby, and the ICF homes kept their families safe and secure the whole time.
ICF Homes Are Ready
At Hurricane Home Builders, we’re ready to keep you and your family safe this hurricane season, with sturdy, impact-resistant ICF construction. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our high-end insulated concrete form homes, and secure yourself against damages and physical injury, today.