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Building to Resist Heavy Storms

New products and building techniques can give a house a fighting chance when extreme storms hit land.

Follow this Red Cross checklist if your home is threatened by a hurricane. Click here to download.

Information you need to design, build and prepare homes for extreme weather and natural disasters.

Details:  Wood Framing Tie Downs

  • Hurricane Ready Detail 1

    Lateral Strength. Brackets can add lateral strength to resist wind near key areas above rim joists.

  • lateral hurricane bracing

    No Toe Nails. Follow the manufacturers recommendations for number of nails to use in thes fasteners,

  • stud to plate tie down

    Header Reinforcement. Hurricane straps should completely cross headers to avoid leaving weak points in wall assemblies. (FEMA)

  • wall to foundation tie down

    Key Connection. Properly spaced steel tie-downs embedded in the slab or foundation wall should be a familiar detail to most builders.. (FEMA) (Download this and other free disaster guides HERE)

caulking soffitsPRO TIP: Soffits often become an entry point for windblown rain in a storm. Caulk them in place by squeezing the caulk into the v groove where it connects with the building. In this photo, black caulk is shown simply to illustrate the caulking placement. More Info.

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Fortify Your Roof Against the Storm

When it comes to building in storm-prone areas, you not only build for comfort, but for protection. A high-performance roof deck can be your home's first line of defense against high winds and wind-driven rain.

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