May 02, 2017

Designing Building That Will Stand Up to Texas Storms

One thing is certain about those of us who live in Texas: we want buildings that can withstand natural disasters. This is especially true for businesses that need to protect their financial assets and avoid the cost of lost business during repair or rebuilding.  

We also all want to avoid injuries or loss of life in residential or commercial buildings hit by these catastrophic events.

Many buildings built to code are still not as safe as they could be.  There are products and systems available today that can improve the safety of a building without adding to the construction costs, and it's worth learning about them and what you can gain from using them.

While sites like Popular Mechanics showcased a variety of building products that can withstand everything from tornadoes to hurricanes, building solid walls should be a major focus in any building project.

Storm-proof buildings come in different forms, and it’s important to think beyond durable doors and windows. Solid walls help a building hold up when it's hit with hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, or snowstorms.

Let's look at why stormproof buildings are so popular and how you can affordably make them even safer.

Protecting Against Hurricanes

Over the last several years, there have been some questions about why there aren't more homes built to withstand hurricanes. We continue to see homes along the gulf fall apart like a house of cards when hit by a disaster.

There have already been attempts to build stronger homes, even if they tend to look strange or futuristic. In some cases, storm-proofing has even meant creating dome-shaped homes to withstand the strongest winds.

But we don’t have to settle for such extreme solutions to make sure our buildings withstand all manner of storms. Rather than using wood or metal-framed construction, we can simply use a stronger wall system to bring more safety, along with several other benefits.

Better wall systems are available, while also being easier to install, helping contractors and builders build faster.

Protection from Tornadoes

We've seen our share of tornadoes around the United States, and some areas in the southern U.S. are particularly vulnerable. Unfortunately, far too many buildings in these regions don't have the kind of reinforcement that would minimize tornado damage.

Especially in one- to three-story buildings, using a stronger wall system helps prevent the chance of collapse due to heavy winds and resists wind-borne debris from penetrating the exterior walls. In fact, FEMA confirms that this kind of construction is tornado safe, meaning anyone in your business could stay in the building during a storm with little chance of being hurt.

Using these methods and materials throughout Texas and other tornado-prone states could save thousands of lives. As the frequency of tornadoes increases, this becomes all the more important.

Surviving Wild and Neighboring Fires

Construction projects in areas prone to wild fires need to use building products with a higher fire rating to protect the buildings, their contents and the occupants.  Using durable fire resistant materials also helps prevent the spread of fire to other buildings in close proximity, keeping the fire contained and easier to combat.

Using highly fire resistant products can also help prevent the fire from destroying the building, or at least minimize the damage before the fire department can arrive on the scene.

An Innovative Solution to Protect Buildings

The innovative Bautex™ Wall System provides superior storm and fire protection, along with several other benefits, making it ideal for buildings in Texas.

The Bautex Wall System combines the strength and fire resistance of concrete with the insulating properties of foam. This easy-to-install and FEMA tested system features a four-hour rating and the continuous insulation required to meet Texas building codes.  It can also be installed up to twice as fast as a CMU wall.

To learn about how this wall system can make your buildings safer, visit our website.