Are SIP Homes Hurricane Proof?

Hurricane season is upon us, is your structure ready? June 1 is the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season in the Northern Hemisphere so let’s revisit this 2014 SIPschool post.

In recognition of Hurricane Preparedness Week I thought I’d offer the SIP perspective on building a structure that can withstand much of what Mother Nature can dish out. SIPs have a notable history of surviving direct hits from the devastating winds of a hurricane while their traditionally framed neighboring structures often shatter into sticks.

I have been at the table with many a homeowner who recognized the advantage of building it right the first time and making the investment in a high performing building system.  This video (courtesy of SIPA) features Meg Retersdorf of Pass Christian, Mississippi discussing why her family decided to go with SIPs in the wake of Katrina. A teenager when Camille hit in 1969, she was well aware of the destruction possible with these high wind events.

A structural insulated panel’s standalone strength, the fastening details, and the design of the structure itself all combine to create a safer building envelope.  Credit to both designers and engineers should not be discounted.  A 140 + mph wind event requires that all parties be at the top of their game. SIPA Registered Master Builder: Hall & Wright Builders of North Carolina knows that building along the southeastern shoreline carries the risk of high winds and hurricane danger. Partner Bryan McGowin states “We build in the 130 and 140 mph wind zones, and our area has seen the eye of numerous hurricanes lately. Watching a hurricane in a finished SIPs house is like TV with the sound turned off: quiet, peaceful and interesting to see,” he added.

As we prepare for the arrival of the 2017 Hurricane season, I’d always recommend getting out of harm’s way as a first choice.  If that’s not an option,  I’d want to ride it out in a SIP house!



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