If you are planning of building a commercial building in a Hurricane prone area, then one must be aware that there are laws in place that require certain building codes to be followed to make sure that the building can withstand certain hurricane elements. However, when Hurricane came through, many people learned that the buildings are still not safe and there could have been some additional considerations. If you are preparing to build a new building, ensure that you are building hurricane-safe structures. Here is some information you must know.
HURRICANE SAFE STRUCTURES
A hurricane-safe structure is not designed to make the building take out from hurricanes unscathed. There will be damage to the building due to the hurricane. But a hurricane-safe structure is designed to withstand certain elements, and that can still be structurally sound. This means that while a few elements might get damaged, the building structure will still be standing and will need some cosmetic repairs, rather than major repairs.
If you are looking to build a hurricane-safe structure, one of the key factors to consider is what category level of the hurricane you want the building to withstand. There is a big structural difference between a building that can withstand category three hurricanes and category five hurricanes. Considering how close to the coast the building will be.
ELEMENTS THAT HURRICANE-SAFE STRUCTURES WITHSTAND
Hurricane-safe structures are designed to withstand different types of elements that hurricanes bring along with them. These typically include flooding, rain, and strong winds. This can include withstanding tornados as well that have touched down as the result of the hurricane. The elements needed may vary based on the specific location you are building and the elements that carry along the hurricane. But most of the structures are able to withstand flood levels, wind levels, and even heavy periods of rain.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER
There are many factors that one should consider when you are looking to hire a company to construct these types of structures. The first question is the level of experience they have in building hurricane-safe structures and how their structures have withstood past hurricanes. If the company is new, then they may not have any idea of their buildings can survive a hurricane yet, and the information you need they won’t be able to give you.
Next, you must ask what differentiates their company is doing from other construction companies in constructing hurricane-safe structures. They should maintain the list of vendors they are certified by and present their skills in this field.
Another factor to consider when it comes to building a hurricane-proof structure is, that there are different products that you can pick from. The construction company must provide you with that offer to pick the durability you need and also the design option that appeals to you.
The last factor to consider is the reputation of the builder. Read the builder’s online profile and check their rating with the Better Business Bureau. All this will help you to determine if you are hiring a reputed company to help you construct a solid building that can withstand all of the elements a hurricane brings with it.
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