Building Hurricane Safe Homes
Over the past 35 years, Charles Boyd Construction Inc. has built or remodeled over 1,000 homes in the Brevard County area. A large number of these homes have been waterfront properties.
Oceanfront and waterfront living along the Atlantic coast of Florida, and especially in Brevard County, is a truly extraordinary lifestyle. However, Brevard County is also located in what is known as a "High Velocity Hurricane Zone" (HVHZ). Living in a HVHZ brings with it a unique set of issues and building requirements that need to be addressed. Over the years, we have become experts in building storm resistant and hurricane safe homes.
Any type of property located in the southeast, especially property located along Florida's Atlantic coast, will have strict Building Codes to account for heavy tropical weather, hurricanes and flooding. Due to the fact that we are in a HVHZ, when you are designing your new home, it must be designed to meet or exceed all local building codes and minimum load and impact requirements for windows and glass. It is very important to know about all of these local codes even before you buy your lot, to make sure you will be able to build the home you want on that particular lot.
These codes are for your protection and to help minimize damage in the event of a storm. One of the most important of the codes involves having impact glass The new requirements for Brevard County raises the minimum wind load requirement from 100 mph to a new minimum of 140 mph. This is so high it assures that your windows will be able to handle virtually anything a major storm or hurricane can throw at them.
We are very familiar with all the building codes in Cocoa Beach, Melbourne and Central Florida and how to determine what codes need to be satisfied in any given location for hurricane safety. We will be glad to sit down with you and go over all the code requirements for any new home and for your particular lot.
Base Flood Elevation - Aside from wind damage, flooding is what causes the major amount of damage during most hurricanes. If you live in a flood zone, your city or county will assign a Base Flood Elevation (BFE) requirement within your flood zone. This number sets the minimum height your home must be elevated above sea level. This is a number that you really should know before buying your lot, as it will determine what type of plan you may use as well as determine the final cost of your foundation. This is a primary and vital step to making your home hurricane safe.
Materials Requirements - Materials requirements such as impact windows with higher wind ratings, and elevating the home to make it safer in a storm have been mentioned. But you must also look at adding any additional hold-downs, roof ties, straps or anchors that are required or advisable during construction. Proper roofing and roof ties are a vital part of making your home hurricane safe. We will help you make sure all these issues are all addressed prior to construction in order to make sure your home is hurricane safe.
The days of ugly, retractible hurricane shutters are long gone. Today's new hurricane shutters are easily installed prior to the storm hitting and then are just as easily removed and stored away for future use. These shutters are extremely durable and will hold up to very strong storms. Hurricane shutters, along with impact glass and proper roofing and roof ties, will virtually assure that you will get through even the most major of storms with hopefully minimal if any damage.
Charles Boyd Construction Inc. is an expert oceanfront and coastal builder in the Cocoa Beach / Melbourne area and we are here to work for you to make sure your home is as hurricane safe as humanly possible. Give us a call and we will be glad to discuss your new oceanfront dream home today!