The drastic change in climate patterns has compelled property seekers to choose eco-friendly homes to reduce environmental impact. Taking on a more environmentally-aware lifestyle, some have started to pay attention to green building standards, learning about LEED and BERDE on top of prioritizing location and neighborhood. Others, on the other hand, are more conscious about the appliances and fixtures they put into their new homes, making sure that they’re energy-efficient.
But while many are going eco-friendly to fight climate change, many are also considering weather-proof home elements to cope with climate change. If you’re planning to build or buy a home, these features should be in your residence to make sure that it withstands the harshest calamities:
Gable roofs, which feature two sections, are more common in the Philippines because they’re cheaper than the four-sided roof. Unfortunately, it’s vulnerable to damage especially if the wind strikes the roof at the wrong angle.
On the other hand, four-sided roofs are effective in protecting the home from strong typhoons. It’s not easily ripped away as the structure gives the wind a weaker traction, with gusts flowing smoothly over the roof, whichever direction they come from. It goes without saying that the steel trusses must be properly welded to the steel plates that have bolts connected to the roof beams. Otherwise, the entire structure runs the risk of being torn away by strong winds.
In the Philippines, the typical flash floods can go up to two to five feet. The worst calamities can reach the second floor of a home, leaving people scrambling to their roofs. Given this, elevation is the best way to reduce the impact of floods on a home. With a home built on stilts, you can avoid water entering your home, damaging your belongings, and posing a risk to your family.
You have a variety of options for construction materials to build your dream stilt house, but the most durable is cement and stone. The height of the stilts can go from a few feet above the ground to as much as 10 to 20 feet in coastal areas. Stilts are versatile, especially since you can use them on very difficult land terrains, such as sloping sites and uneven ground.
Windows are particularly vulnerable to damage during typhoon season. For sure, you’ve seen window glasses shattered into pieces by strong winds, causing serious injuries to people who are near these fixtures. For your safety, you must find a home equipped with typhoon-resistant windows.
Windows that have tempered glass shatter into tiny pieces when they break, which are too small to inflict serious injuries. When it’s furnished with a protective film or sticker, it can keep the glass intact when high-velocity winds come.
While impact-resistant windows keep your loved ones safe from shattered glass, storm shutters on windows can prevent water and winds from entering your home. The most heavy-duty material option, aluminum, can withstand high-velocity winds. It’s resistant to corrosion, so you won’t have to worry about any health risks or unsightly fixtures. Polycarbonate, a heavy-duty plastic, is a durable choice as well.
Take note that the shutter styles vary. They can be roll-down, accordion, or bermuda. You can choose what matches your home’s aesthetic.
Resilient Exterior Elements
Wall cladding is more than an aesthetic addition to your property exterior. It can offer storm protection. Reducing water absorption, it prevents damage to the property. It can shield your home from the sun, wind, and fire. It serves as a good insulator, improving the energy efficiency of your home. Natural stone, brick, steel, and concrete are just some of the most durable materials for wall cladding.
One more way you can weatherproof your home through exterior design elements is by using pebbles and pavers in outdoor spaces. These materials can withstand different weather conditions, from heavy rains to blazing heat. They don’t chip, flake, or expand.
The pressing issue of climate change is shaping not only people’s lifestyle routines but also their homebuying decisions. As you embrace a more environment-conscious lifestyle, joining the fight against global warming, protect your home from its devastating effects with weatherproof home features.
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