Florida has one of the strongest building codes in the country and is the accepted benchmark for hurricane protection nationally according to Naples-based luxury custom homebuilder Diamond Custom Homes president Michael Diamond.
“Hurricane Irma stands as the true testament that Florida knows how to build strong and safe homes,” believes Diamond. “The newer construction is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 175 mph,” he adds. He believes the stricter building Florida building code played a significant role in minimizing destruction during Irma. Irma caused widespread flooding, power outages and other damages in Florida, but the devastation being experienced in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria shows how much worse things could have been, he notes.
“The state tightened regulations in the wake of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and added new rules in 2002, requiring newly built homes to have stronger fasteners that prevent roofs from blowing away, nails instead of stapes and install hurricane impact-resistant windows,” says Diamond. “Those improvements were instrumental in helping the state weather this devastating storm,” he continues.
Diamond said his company received early assessments from homeowners indicating homes built with the more stringent standards came away without any structural damages and held up quite well.
Diamond Custom Homes creates and renovates luxury residences for discerning homeowners in Southwest Florida’s most prestigious communities and neighborhoods. The firm is known for its quality craftsmanship and the creativeness of its custom designs. Winner of 2016 Sand Dollar Award for Product Design of the Year for its Magnolia model (available fully furnished at $3.695 million), Diamond Custom Homes offices are located at 6646 Willow Park Drive, Suite 5, in Naples.
For more information, call 239-325-4600 or visit www.DiamondCustomHomesFL.com.
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