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If you're living in a place where there are destructive hurricanes, then you should build a strong house for yourself. Make your house extra safe and strong for anything that should happen, including nuclear fallout. What's more? The stronger your house, the more you don't have to use your insurance policy, and the less you should pay. Here are some tips to build a strong and safe house for you.
Concrete Dome Style
If you want your home safe against storms, you should have a concrete dome home with corresponding interior and exterior designs. You should make its shape rectangular using vertical walls that can further fortify it. Make sure that both interior and exterior should help increase the efficiency of the overall concrete dome structure.
The building must also have a safe room inside the house that is made from concrete or steel. A standard safe room for a family of four should be four by eight feet. This room should consist of concrete blocks that rods of steel have reinforced. This is the best protection against hurricanes that last really long.
Offsets and Corners
If you want to make the entire house strong, then you should equip it with as many corners and offsets as you can. However, you should still maintain its original conventional appearance. If possible, position your offsets and corners on the side of the building that faces the strong winds.
A storm usually damages the roof first. Thus, if you're in an area prone to hurricanes, avoid gable roofs. A strong wind can easily lift that kind of roof off the house. What you need to build is a hip roof with a particular slope on all sides. That should produce pressure variation, natural rigidity, and less resistance during high winds.
Make sure that the walls of your house have a secure and continuous attachment to the foundation or slab. You can accomplish this easily in two-story homes or ranch houses with single floors. If you want secure attachments of the walls to the foundation, you need long anchor bolts. Use OSB or plywood as wall sheathing as long as it's a foot taller than your walls.
Some Final Words
A safe and strong house is one of the best shields that you can have against hurricanes or any natural disaster. While you’re thinking of making everything perfect about your house, make sure that you have your home insurance policy intact. That should give you more peace of mind that you’ll ever need from a sturdy house.
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