We are in the middle of hurricane season, and if you live in a modular home or site built home in a hurricane-prone area, you may be a bit nervous until November rolls around. Palm Harbor Homes has always built homes that can weather the storm, but we are working on something new and exciting. Our Plant City, Florida, location is the first modular builder to earn the prestigious FORTIFIED HOME™ – Hurricane Modular Home Plant Certification. We are very excited to get things rolling to provide our customers with even more great quality manufactured and modular homes.
What Exactly Is a Hurricane-Wind Resistant Modular Home?
After Hurricane Andrew destroyed many Florida manufactured homes in 1992, standards and codes of manufactured and modular structures were strengthened, particularly in hurricane prone areas of the country. FEMA put out a newsletter regarding the standards of manufactured homes and their ability to withstand hurricane force winds. In 2010, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s FORTIFIED home provided engineering and building standards to anyone seeking a stronger structure, able to withstand hurricane-force winds. Palm Harbor believes that you should feel safe in your home and be confident in its stability and structure. Our modular homes with the FORTIFIED Bronze certification are hurricane-wind resistant and will not require any additional modifications or strengthening against severe storms.
What Are the Benefits of Owning a FORTIFIED Certified Home?
Owning a FORTIFIED certified modular home comes with many benefits. Below are just a few of the benefits you will receive once these FORTIFIED-hurricane homes are available:
- Reduced property damage from severe weather
- Protect your irreplaceable personal property inside
- Improved resell value that protects your investment
- Smaller environmental footprint by reducing destroyed building materials
You cannot put a price on the knowledge that you have taken an important extra step to protect your home and your belongings for your next return from a hurricane evacuation. Look for more blogs coming soon with additional information about these amazing FORTIFIED homes and their features! We hope to continue developing these great building standards and make them available to you.
We will continue to update you as we proceed with our new FORTIFIED modular home construction. To learn more regarding the availability for these homes, stop by our Plant City, FL location or call (813) 719-3335.