Changing flooring, cabinetry and other cosmetic features is straightforward, but rebuilding is a massive undertaking.
Ocean City, NJ (PRWEB) November 29, 2012
After Hurricane Sandy brutally pummeled the east coast, victims were left with an estimated $20 billion in damage in its wake, most of which would be for reconstruction and repairs. Primary and vacation homeowners are confronting countless, stressful post-storm decisions, such as how to clear debris and what steps they need to take to rebuild. “It’s devastating to see homes Sandy ravaged with unprecedented winds and flooding,” observes Drew Chase of Stone Chase Properties, who has been developing homes in Ocean City, NJ, since the 1980’s. “Now is the time to assess whether or not rebuilding your home with maximum protection against a future coastal storm or hurricane is important.”
“Prioritize the rebuilding project by the quality of your construction first,” advises Ric Johnson of Dougherty and Johnson Builders, Inc. based in Ocean City, NJ. “Changing flooring, cabinetry and other cosmetic features is straightforward, but rebuilding is a massive undertaking one should never have to do or repeat in a lifetime.”
Chase, Stone and Johnson compiled the following simple construction tips for people preparing to either rebuild their existing home or homeowners planning to build a new home:
- To withstand 90-125 mph winds, use hurricane resistant glass windows and doors or polycarbonate shutters in place of hurricane glass. Be sure they are made water and air tight.
- Frame the home with 6-inch versus 4-inch stud lumber.
- For homeowners near the water, build the home on pilings with stringers as the foundation.
- Use R19 and R30 insulation inside the walls and the roof.
- Use heavyweight shingles with a 30+ year warranty.
- Grade your lot so that water runs away from the home or install underground piping to redirect water flow.
- Use fire-retardant products wherever permitted throughout the home.
- Reinforce floors with a double-layer of underlayment to protect your floors and bolster the sound resistance.
- Garage doors should be built with wind resistant doors reinforced to withstand hurricanes.
- For maximum reinforcement against wind and water, use upgraded structural members and steel couplings, specialized hurricane fasteners and clips, high design pressure windows and high impact glass in windows and glass doors, brackets, stringers and pilings.
- Always have both flood/hazard and contents insurance policies pertaining to the home.
- Have a backup generator on-site and readily available if power is lost.
Another critical planning point is to always have a plan to escape a disaster. Share this plan with all family members and be certain to have a means of communicating during a storm.
“It's hard to place a value on bolstering your home’s storm resistance,” notes Johnson. For more information call Ric Johnson, Dougherty and Johnson Builders Inc., Ocean City, NJ at (609) 399-6220.