When homeowners evacuate before a hurricane, they often have no idea if their home will be there when they return. But if Deltec Homes, a North Carolina-based construction company, has anything to do with it, that’ll soon be a worry of the past. Their homes are totally hurricane-proof, they say, thanks to their round shape and the extra-durable materials used to build them. Deltec’s website boasts that in 47 years, they’ve built over 5,000 homes — none of which have been lost to hurricanes or high winds.
The unique round design means wind can’t build up enough pressure on any one side to cause the structure to collapse. Architects also purposefully pitch the roof at a larger angle so it deflects the wind. The radial roof trusses, which are the webs of wood beams designed to support a roof, can disperse energy instead of allowing it to build up. Then there’s the more obvious ways Deltec builders increase their homes’ hurricane resistance, like double-strength framing material and reinforced windows.
Because the floorplans of the prefab homes can be so funky, Deltec offers samples on their site. That means, if you’re scratching your head at how angular appliances and cabinets work in a kitchen with no sides, you’re in luck. The company relies on hacks like peninsulas and islands or kitchens that back up to hallways built in the middle of the home.
If you’re trying to find the loop hole — Are they only building houses on the west coast?! — try again. Deltec’s homes have withstood some of the east coast’s most noteworthy storms of the past few decades: Sandy, Katrina, Ivan, Andrew. “The most damage our homeowners have experienced is a few lost roof shingles,” the Deltec Homes website says.
Check out the proof.
A stretch of four Deltec houses on Topsail Island, NC, stood standing after Hurricane Fran in 1996.
In 2005, Hurricane Dennis destroyed a home in Oyster Bay, FL, but the one next to it — a one-year-old Deltec structure — had barely any damage.
If it weren’t for all the fallen trees, you could barely tell 1989’s Hurricane Hugo swept through the Carolinas here.
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