Can a wood house withstand a tornado?
If an extremely powerful tornado drops down on a home, there’s not a lot you can do: Our wood-frame houses just aren’t built to withstand such force, as the pictures from tornado-ravaged towns this weekend attest. But you can strengthen your home to make it more resistant to high winds.
How much wind can a wood house withstand?
Building a Wood- or Steel-Frame Home to Resist 100 mph Winds
According to a report by FEMA, new wood-frame houses constructed according to building codes perform well structurally, in winds up to 150 mph, while a steel homes can withstand winds up to 170 mph.
What is the safest place in a house during a tornado?
Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway). If possible, avoid sheltering in a room with windows. For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress.
Do all log homes need chinking?
Essentially, chinking a log home will ensure logs which don’t fit together perfectly have a nice seal. This “nice seal” is the best maintenance free form of protection again moisture and air infiltration, insulation and fire barriers for your log home. Not all log cabins require chinking.
Why are log homes more expensive insurance?
Log homes are generally more expensive to insure because they’re constructed with expensive lumber or timber, and insurers consider them to be higher risk since they are often located in remote, hard-to-reach locations.
Are log homes high maintenance?
All homes require some exterior care and maintenance, but log homes require a bit more than usual. Once a year, the home’s exterior should be washed to remove pollen, insect debris and other dirt. At that time, the home should be checked for mildew and mold, which should be removed if present.