The science of how high winds affect today’s homes is big news. Whether its hurricanes or tornadoes there are few locations that are unaffected by some sort of natural phenomena. In the coastal communities of North Carolina, building codes were enacted over ten years ago to counteract the forces of nature when it comes to high winds. Today’s building codes are much
different from what they were just 15 years ago when there was little consideration given for “up lift”.
This is the force exerted by the wind moving in an upward motion and exerting pressure in a direction not previously accounted for. This is the force responsible for the majority of the damage caused by hurricanes and tornadoes and responsible for roofs blowing off of homes allowing the rain to further damage the inside.
The Today Show on NBC recently aired video depicting a manufactured home being subjected to high winds and what happens when an attached porch roof is not properly constructed to counteract these forces. Not only does the car port blow away but it carries the roof of the home with it. While it is close to impossible to cover all scenarios a home built under the current code is
required to provide protection not considered just 15 years ago. There are roughly fifteen inspections during the building process on a typical new home performed by local governmental inspectors to ensure safety. So, when you purchase a new home not only are you getting a new heating and air conditioning system and shiny new finishes, but thanks to new building codes you are getting a home that is safer than ever before.