Steel Buildings vs Hurricanes
Can steel buildings withstand hurricane force winds?
The simple answer is yes, correctly specified & engineered steel buildings can withstand hurricane force winds. A second answer is that many of them have been tested in the most severe weather conditions including hurricanes and earthquakes and, depending on the design, do, in fact stand-up-to very strong winds.
Built to Last
One of the greatest advantages of metal buildings is that they are built to last. They can be designed to withstand the most severe weather conditions, including snow storms, hurricanes and earthquakes. Prefab buildings use high-grade, commercial quality, 26-gauge premium steel that is resistant to rust and other forms of weather damage. They are constructed using techniques that make them more durable and stronger than conventionally constructed buildings. Pre-engineered are also resistant to other forms of damage, including termites and salt corrosion. This resistance allows metal buildings to retain a high degree of structural integrity over time.
Can withstand wind forces up to 170 mph!
The devastating effect of storms like Hurricane Katrina and now Harvey and Irma, have led engineers to design steel buildings with a high degree of wind resistance. Studies have shown that the junctures of walls and the edges of the roof are areas most likely to fail under conditions of extreme wind. As a result, today’s structural designs provide extra reinforcement in these critical areas. Most buildings can be engineered to resist hurricane damage and can withstand wind forces up to 170 mph!
Quonset buildings have by far the best high-speed wind resistance of any building due to their curved, wind resistant, form. If you live in a hurricane zone then a Quonset hut structure would definitely serve you very well.
When hurricanes strike in Florida, or tornadoes here in Tennessee and other storm-prone areas, prefab buildings are often the only structures that survive intact. If you live in Florida or another area that experiences hurricanes, make sure before buying a building that the manufacturer has complied with local regulations and building codes to ensure your structure is specified for local conditions such as wind load & snow load.
To learn more about custom built steel buildings, contact PTL. We utilize more than 30 years of industrial experience to tackle our industry’s toughest challenges with innovative solutions. Our reputation for customer satisfaction and quality, as well as competitive pricing, and experience makes PTL a trusted source for businesses of all sizes.