4 Reasons Why Homes In Hurricane-Prone Areas Should Be Built From Steel

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4 Reasons Why Homes In Hurricane-Prone Areas Should Be Built From Steel

24 September 2018
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Many houses have wooden frames. However, if you think that's the only option for building your home, you should be aware that residential steel can also be used. If you're someone who lives in a hurricane-prone area, it might even be preferable. Here's why residential steel construction is ideal for homes in areas where tropical storms and hurricanes can strike.

1. Get Your Home Built More Quickly 

Building a home is obviously something that takes time. If you have decided to have your home built for you, then you probably already understand that you're going to have to wait a while before you can enjoy your new home. The perks of a custom-built home might make that wait worth it to you.

That doesn't mean that you don't want to do what you can to get into your new home more quickly. Since residential steel for your home's frame will arrive ready to be used, this will help your builder get your home built more quickly than if wood was used to build your home from the ground up on-site.

2. Help Protect Your Home During Bad Storms

Many people choose to stay in their homes rather than evacuating during hurricanes, particularly if they don't live in flood-prone areas. If this is the case, then you'll want to make sure that your home is durable so that you can help protect your family. Steel is going to be a lot more likely to hold up to high winds and heavy rain than wood. Even if you do evacuate your home during a big storm, you'll probably feel better if you know that your home is made out of steel that can better withstand the elements.

3. Abide By Local Building Codes

Areas that are often affected by tropical weather often have stricter building codes and regulations than other areas. In some areas, wood-framed houses are not recommended. In other hurricane-prone areas, they are not allowed. Of course, you're going to need to check with the local building inspector to find out, but a steel-framed home might help you abide by the building codes in your area.

4. Reduce Homeowners Insurance Rates

Buying homeowners insurance for a home that is in a hurricane-prone area can be tricky and expensive. Your insurance company may offer you a reduced rate if your home is built in way that will make it stronger against tropical weather, though, such as if it's built out of steel.