High Velocity Hurricane Zone: Beach Front Living

hurricane resistant homes west palm beachLiving in Florida is a great experience. However, living close to or on the beach is a dream for many. With this beauty and this lifestyle does come with some challenges and warnings. When living on or near the beach this is typically called a "High Velocity Hurricane Zone" (HVHZ). Because of this HVHZ this brings on a set of unique challenges and building codes. Because Steve Cury has years of experience living and building in Florida, he has the expertise to build a home to survive the HVHZ.

Aside from wind damage, flooding is what causes the major amount of damage during most hurricanes. Before you build it is important to find out if you live in a flood zone, your city or county will assign a Base Flood Elevation (BFE) requirement within your flood zone. This elevation height is how much your home must be elevated above sea level to be safe enough to survive a storm. This number is important to find out prior to buying and building a lot. This will determine what type of plan you may use as well as determine the overall cost of your foundation. By doing this, it will ensure your house is hurricane safe.

The type of building materials that are chosen (such as impact windows with higher wind ratings) and elevating the home contribute to making your home more hurricane resistant during a storm.  Here at Steve Cury construction, we know what the code requires and where to add additional hold-downs, roof ties, straps or anchors during construction. Proper roofing materials and roof ties are an important part of making your home hurricane safe. We will help make sure that your home is engineered and designed properly prior to construction in order to make sure your home is hurricane safe. Call us today for a free consultation: (888) 240-1192.

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