Questions and Answers
What makes an above ground shelters better/safer than below ground shelters?
- Easier access to get into your storm shelter especially for those that can’t walk up/down stairs
- No stairs to climb down to get into or up to get out of
- No heavy door to pick up
- You do not have to bury it in the ground so far away from your home
- Faster access means safety for your family
- Our above ground shelters have vault doors that open to the inside preventing entrapment
- Above ground shelters do not risk flooding as below ground shelters can
- Our above ground shelters can be installed into existing spaces and can also be moved with you if you move
Why is a good locking door so important?
- Less time spent locking individual locks gives your more time to get safely secure in your shelter/safe room
- If the power is out and it is dark with low visibility you do not want to be looking for several different locks to secure in a time of emergency
- A single motion locking vault door that engages 6-8 locking bolts with one handle action is faster, stronger and safer than other options
- Your storm shelter/safe room is only as good as its weakest parts and the door is one of the most important parts to get right, because unlike a wall, it has to function, move, and lock properly every time
Why should the door open to the inside?
- Debris can be thrown against your storm shelter/safe room during a storm, if your door opens to the inside this prevents entrapment
- Faster, easier entry if the door opens to the inside as you are going into the structure to take shelter
What is FEMA testing and why is it important?
- (FEMA) Federal Emergency Management Agency has specific standards for shelter construction and design that have been qualified by research and testing. Texas Tech University National Wind Institute Debris Impact Facility is a FEMA certified lab that uses the ICC-500 Shelter Standard tested to the ISO 17025 using Certified Tests FEMA 320, FEMA 361 & ICC-500. What makes these tests so important is that your safety depends on the integrity of the structure that you are taking shelter in.
- When we submit our designs to Texas Tech University National Wind Institute Debris Impact Facility for testing the shelter design it is reviewed for flaws and its overall integrity is inspected, then the design is broken down into areas targeted for impact testing. Last the structure is then impact tested to FEMA standards
Do I have to have a concrete pad?
- Yes, you have to have a concrete slab for your Storm Shelter/Safe Room to be installed
- They are not designed to be installed on any other material such as wood or sheet metal, these storm shelters and safe rooms have been designed to be anchored to an existing concrete pad and tested based on this design. A pad can be poured for you.
How does this storm shelter/safe room attach to the concrete?
- All of our safe rooms and storm shelters are installed by anchoring the base structure to an existing concrete floor. We recommend Hilti Anchor System with HIT-HY 200-R Injectable Mortar with HIT-Z rod 1/2″ anchor bolts with over 5,000 lbs pull out strength per anchor. The HILTI HIT-HY 200-R SafeSet System Adhesive Anchors is the only anchor system we recommend
If I install my storm shelter/safe room myself do I need any heavy equipment?
- NO. The only equipment needed are basic hand tools, a concrete hammer drill, a short ladder, and your HILTI HIT-HY 200-R SafeSet System, (HILTI HIT-HY 200 R System is included with your purchase).
If I move can my storm shelter/safe room be moved after it has been anchored down to the concrete?
- YES. Another advantage to having an above ground storm shelter/safe room is that it can be moved with you, if you move you can get it installed at your next residence
Do you offer financing?
- We offer financing through several banking options, we also accept all major credit cards
What if I live in a mobile home or a home without a concrete pad and I don’t have a concrete pad?
- We can provide you with the engineers specifications for the size of concrete and what imbeds may be required.
What holds my storm shelter/safe room down and in place during tornado force winds?
- The Hilti Anchor SafeSet System concrete anchors create more downforce to the structure compared to the wind pressure against the structure.