Storm Protection: Designing Homes to Withstand Unpredictable Storms

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Unpredictable storms are becoming a common occurrence as temperatures rise, causing weather patterns to change. And this ongoing trend doesn’t show signs of stopping soon. In fact, research conducted by CNRS states this level of warming will result in hotter than expected temperatures through 2022.

Since the 1960s, the U.S. has experienced longer periods of high temperatures, heavy downpours, severe flooding and droughts. These temperature increases help set the stage for many types of dangerous storms and weather events that often cause structural damage to homes and buildings. 

Even areas that are not historically storm prone are seeing a rise in severe weather. Knowing that extreme climate-related weather events are increasing, let’s look at some storm protection building materials that will help your designs withstand some of the harshest weather conditions.  

Moisture Resistant Insulation

The occurrence of heavy downpours and flooding is on the rise throughout the U.S., with the greatest increase appearing in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains. Homes in these areas need to be ready for the potential of unusually wet seasons and flooding. The use of moisture-resistant materials gives structures an added level of storm protection.

Insulation can play a key factor in keeping structures dry and safe. Kingspan’s line of GreenGuard® products includes extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation board, air barrier building wraps and other accessories such as flashing. GreenGuard products offer advanced moisture management with excellent water–resistive barrier properties. Drainage channel features are also available on certain products.

Working together, GreenGuard’s building wrap, flashing and tape keeps water out of the wall system, provides an air barrier and even allows moisture vapor to escape. This helps create a more solid moisture management system in wet regions.

Impact Resistant Siding

Impact Resistant Siding

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While we know hurricanes and tornadoes can cause major structural damage to property, they aren’t the only types of storms to cause concern. Severe thunderstorms are responsible for a significant amount of property damage claims across the United States every year. These storms have the capability to produce damaging winds, rain, hail, sleet and even snow.

Severe thunderstorms can occur anywhere and have great potential to damage a home’s exterior, especially if it doesn’t have durable, quality siding. These storms can wreak havoc on siding, causing it to crack, tear and be torn away from the exterior altogether.

Steel siding is an extremely durable and environmentally-friendly option that can provide a high level of protection from the elements. Companies like Rollex and ABC Seamless make steel siding that is hail and wind resistant, fire resistant, and can tolerate damaging UV lights, extreme weather temperatures and humidity.

Always Include Storm Protection Building Materials in Your Designs

When thinking about future designs, be sure to research historical and future weather trends and plan accordingly. There are several resources available to help you understand specific regions and their potential for storms.

  • U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit lets you access information from the U.S. federal government in one convenient location, so you can easily find the tools and information you need to build for climate resilience.

  • Weather Underground provides historical weather data by location and date.

  • Harris-Mann Climatology offers detailed monthly temperature, precipitation and snowfall forecasts for most U.S. and Canadian cities, plus 12-month outlooks over 6,000 world cities.

  • Farmers’ Almanac provides long-range weather forecasts and predictions.

Using building materials and resources like the ones listed above will provide an added layer of storm damage protection and help your buildings and your clients stay prepared for unpredictable storms.

If you are looking for superior insulation protection, contact Kingspan Insulation today to find the right products for your next build.

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