FAQ

Most frequently ask questions about Safe Room Storm Shelters:

Q= Will your Safe Rooms withstand an EF5

a= Our Safe Rooms are engineered to withstand an EF5 Tornado and have been successfully tested by the Texas Wind Science & Engineering Center. Meets or exceeds FEMA 320.

Q= How thick is the metal?

a= The walls are 3/16” thick (commercial shelter is ¼” thick) with rolled corners and 2” X 4” channel braces, the door is ¼” thick.

Q= How many locks does the door have?

a= There is one ¾” dead bolt and two ¾” lock pins equally spaced down the door as well as three large hinges on the other side of the door. This is considered to be a six point lock system on the door.

Q= How is the Safe Room attached to the concrete?

a= We use special Hilti Anchor Bolts designed for this application.

Q= How long does it take to install the Safe Room?

a= Installation requires 1 to 3 hrs. depending on the shelter size and location difficulties.

Q= Will it hurt the shelter if the house falls on it?

a= The shelter will withstand 50 tons of weight and the shelter door opens into the shelter so debris will not block it.

Q= How thick is the piece of metal the bolts go through?

a= The base flange is 3/8” thick minimum.

Q= Are there any air vents in the Safe Room?

a= Each Safe Room has two air vents minimum. To prevent injury to occupants from flying small object debris the Vents are designed so that the air must make at least a 90 degree turn to enter the shelter.

Most frequently ask questions about Fiberglass Underground Storm Shelters:

Q= How do you keep the shelter from floating out of the ground when it rains?

a= All our underground storm shelters have a specially design anchoring system which prevents shelter from floating out of the ground.

Q= Will the door that sticks above the ground withstand and EF5 Tornado?

a= Our shelters have been successfully tested by the Texas Wind Science & Engineering Center and meet or exceed FEMA 320. Also, we had an LS10 Shelter hit by an EF5 Tornado in Tanner, Al on April 27, 2011 with 8 people inside; all occupants where safe and the shelter was unharmed except for the exterior paint.

Q= What are the advantages of Fiberglass Verses Concrete or Metal”

a= (“Cleanliness” = brilliant white slick wall interior), (“Moisture Performance” = little to no sweating, with no leaks “Guaranteed for Life”), (“Critter Barrier”= Door has rubber gasket seal and the Air Vents have bug screens to stop critters from entering), (“Yard cosmetics” = less than eight inches sticking above ground level), (“maintenance” = can be cleaned with paper towels & 409 cleaner in minutes), (“Life Longevity”= much longer material life preventing leakage), (“Built in Seating”= built in gel-coated benches along the walls”), (“electric conductivity”= Fiberglass will not conduct electricity from lightening and no metal exposed to the element).

Q= Can you get the shelter and your equipment through my gate opening?

a= Our compact equipment will pass through a (70 inch) 5 ft. 10 in. gate opening, or we can see about removing a section of fence that would be re-installed when job is completed. The shelter can be lifted over the fence.

Q= How long will it take to install shelter?

a= Normal installation requires 4 to 8 hrs. depending on the type and  size of the shelter as well as soil conditions.

Q= Will an Earth Quake hurt the shelter?

a= Our shelters are made of heavy duty fiberglass which is very tough but forgiving to movement. Backfill material is placed around the body of the shelter and not positions against undisturbed ground.