Shaped to beat high winds
What’s the secret to building a house to withstand hurricanes and high winds? Deltec Homes believes it has an answer: make them round.
Asheville, N.C.-based Deltec Homes makes prefabricated circular houses that have sustained their structure through several rigorous storms, including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. During its 45-year history, the company says it has have never lost a house to high winds.
"We understand what it takes to build a home in a severe wind environment," said Steve Linton, president of Deltec. "From design to construction to permitting, we are focused on the details of building the most durable home possible for the harshest weather."
The circular design and innovative engineering of the homes have sustained its structure through several rigorous storms including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. During their 45-year history, they have never lost a house to high winds, the company said.
The circular shape allow winds to flow around the house, dramatically reducing the air pressure on the exterior walls and roof and diminishing the risk of collapse or damage.
Also, the roof and floor trusses radiate from the center of the house, helping it remain intact by spreading the energy from the high winds throughout the structure instead of allowing it to build up in one area.
Deltec homes are prefabricated in a manufacturing facility in Asheville, N.C. The home is designed and built with panelized sections then shipped to the building site and assembled.
Construction cost for a Deltec home is between $125 and $200 per square foot of finished space, or approximately $250,000 to $400,000 total for a 2,000-square-foot home, not including the cost of the lot, according to the company.