The resiliency of reinforced concrete, and insulated concrete forms, makes it an ideal product for protecting homes from natural disasters.
””Are you using concrete to protect your home from natural disasters in Arkansas? As a contractor, are you informing your clients about the benefits of using reinforced concrete for their remodels and home improvement projects? While summer is the season for grilling, family reunions and those much deserved vacations – Mother Nature takes it upon herself to brew up tornadoes and harsh summer storms from time to time. Strengthening your home’s foundation and structural integrity with reinforced concrete is one of the best things you can do to protect your home – and your family – when an Arkansas natural disaster strikes.
Using Concrete to Protect Your Home From Natural Disasters in Arkansas Pays Off!
At this year’s World Of Concrete conference and exhibition, a forum on the resiliency of residential construction revealed some facts about current home building practices that put the effects of natural disasters into perspective:
- While the costs of damage from natural disasters continue to skyrocket, building codes are not adapting to provide further protection for civic and residential structures.
- Tougher building codes, with an emphasis on storm-durable building materials, would create more resilient communities.
- Reinforced and insulated concrete building systems, which can be precast, are a solution.
An excellent example of how reinforced concrete can weather the strongest of storms can be seen in a video titled “Hurricane Sandy: A Story of Survival”, which shows how one family’s home survives while neighboring houses are washed away. The advantages of building with reinforced concrete are many, and there are reasons why it should be used to protect your home from natural disasters in Arkansas:
Older homes fare worst in harsh summer storms. Arkansas is fortunate to have such a rich architectural history. Unfortunately, those beautiful older homes are often built using a traditional wood frame construction that simply cannot withstand the onslaught of gale-force winds, extreme water loads, or the force of the debris that is stirred up and blown around during a tornado. If the walls of your home are not up to current storm-resistant standards, reinforced concrete can dramatically alter your home’s lifespan.
Those concrete blocks may not be enough. So often, homeowners mistakenly believe their home is protected because test holes indicated the presence of concrete block construction. However, hollow concrete blocks will crumble apart under a direct attack from a harsh storm or tornado. The blocks need to be replaced or reinforced with insulated concrete forms (ICF) to offer the level of protection your home needs.
Modern concrete innovation means increased protection. The concrete of today is not the same as the concrete of even two or three decades ago. The tensile strength and ductility—or ability to retain its original form and not become misshapen—of older concrete products is significantly less than that of modern reinforced concrete, which integrates fibrous materials to enhance reinforcement and monofilament polypropylene to prevent surface cracking.
Endless possibilities. Perhaps one of the most compelling arguments for using concrete, aside from protection and safety, is the endless possibilities that it offers. Reinforced concrete can be poured and molded into virtually any shape, which means the additions and modifications you make for your home can be shaped with concrete to replicate existing historical architectural features, or fulfill a new vision for your modern home.
Have questions regarding how concrete can protect your home from natural disasters in Arkansas? Contact Razorback Concrete to learn more about using reinforced concrete and we’ll be happy to address your questions and concerns.
Photo courtesy of: The Associated Press