Concrete gives homeowners a break

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Royal Concrete Concepts says two Category 5 hurricane resistant homes can protect homeowners from rising insurance rates, not just rising sea levels.
Homes built of steel-reinforced concrete walls, with floors and roofs that were tested to resist hurricane force winds, are giving homeowners a break in their property insurance rates, says Anna Niehaus, director of residential business development for Royal Concrete Concepts.
Two Hutchinson Keys models were purchased by a Royal Concrete Concepts’ certified distributor, Windzone Homes, for two customers in Tavernier in the Upper Florida Keys.
The homes were shipped to Tavernier by truck Nov. 10 in four parts, to help the trucks comply with Florida Keys’ bridge weight restrictions. The components were then set on pilings on the properties within hours after arriving.
The Hutchinson Keys model is built on 10-foot and 12-foot pilings, has 1,160 sq. ft. of living space under 10-foot ceilings with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The homes’ flat roofs allow for upgrading to solar power, for refuge from storm-related power outages and energy cost savings year round.
The homes were engineered to withstand 175 mph winds, which are much stronger than required by the stringent Miami-Dade Building Code. The windows are impact resistant and the flat roofs aids in preventing wind uplift. The steel reinforcing rebar, insulation and concrete wall, floor and roof systems provide a 100-year lifecycle.
With all the comforts of home, the Hutchinson Keys model is built like a storm shelter in a part of the world where they are needed, with tropical cyclones that cross the Florida Keys from the east over the Atlantic Ocean and from the west across the Gulf of Mexico.
With evacuation routes often jam packed with cars of fleeing tourists and residents, owners of these homes, says Royal Concrete Concept, can relax with neighbors and friends, lock out the severe weather and ride out the storm.

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