Six months after Superstorm Sandy devastated New Jersey, New York and the coastal areas of New England, some people are still in the midst of recovery. Town hall officials have yet to come up with specific guidelines for new construction, which would ensure that buildings offer better protection for the next storm. A viable option for new construction that is flood resistant is to go for steel buildings.
The consensus is that recovery is slow. Although some residents have gotten back on track rather quickly, there is still a number of those affected that have not. Some are still staying with relatives or living in hotel rooms, with some still in the thick of the fight with insurance companies.
Some homeowners are reluctant to start rebuilding their homes since the rules on how high they would need to rebuild their homes keep changing. Federal rules now require flood-prone buildings to be elevated.
Prefabricated steel buildings are highly durable structures and can be designed specifically for flood prone areas. Steel buildings are made from high quality steel and engineered using computerized design technologies to ensure structural integrity.
Today’s steel buildings are so versatile that they are now considered viable options for residential construction. Steel is compatible with a large number of construction materials allowing these metal structures to be indistinguishable with traditional construction with interior and exterior finishes such as siding, stone, brick, wood, and glass.
Steel buildings that are designed for flood resistance have continuous steel framing so that they are better able to survive loss of wall panels and footings. To conform to new building codes, steel buildings may be built with the lower floor level suspended on legs. During floods or storm surges, the rushing water would go under and around the building and not push the walls.
In addition to the steel main frame designed to resist substantial loads, all the elements – frame, columns, joists, purlins – are all bolted together perfectly and continuously for greater strength and durability. The flooring is made from concrete poured into steel decking to ensure durability and prevent it from being dislodged by the rushing waters.
As for the orientation, the building should have a narrow front and is built out of the usual water path. Also, make sure that there is a gap between buildings where the water can pass.
With flood-resistant steel buildings, there is a better chance of survival when disaster strikes.