Keeping your family safe during high winds and severe storms is becoming an increasingly important concern for many families throughout Arkansas. As weather patterns change and storm damage develops into an ongoing problem, not just something that occurs periodically, storm shelters and their risks and benefits are something many people are considering.
You have many options available to you, but for many people, above ground shelters are their preferred go-to safe space when high winds threaten their homes and riding out the storm, as opposed to evacuating or going into a below ground storm cellar, becomes reality.
Shelter Solutions of Arkansas has been providing storm shelters to families throughout the region for a number of years. All of our shelters will withstand an EF5 tornado and meet or exceed FEMA 320 and ICC 500 standards. Plus, most models do not require you leaving the inside of your home to access them. Let us know how we can help you give your family peace of mind when the storms come!
Problems with In-Ground Shelters
Although many people advocate for installing in-ground shelters, they are not without their problems, some of which can be quite serious. Be sure to consider the following issues surrounding in-ground shelters as you weigh your options:
- Issues with accessibility – This is a huge factor to consider if you, your family, or your neighbors needs access to a shelter but may have physical limitations that would make going into a below ground storm shelter harder to do. An in-ground shelter can only be accessed through going down stairs, so if someone trying to get into it has difficulty walking or is unable to walk at all, an in-ground shelter would be a burden rather than a benefit.
- Costly to install – Although financing is often available for storm shelter installation if you want a shelter but don’t have the money right away to purchase and install one, putting a shelter below ground means digging out a hole in either your backyard or below a carport. This can be costly due to equipment and labor needed to do so. Plus, depending on where you put the shelter, you might have more work ahead of you such as having to lay down grass seed again if the space you had dug up was previously a lawn or had other landscaping.
- Flooding – Although most municipalities will not let homeowners install a storm shelter in a flood plain, the reality is that the climate is changing so much that flooding is now occurring in areas previously not threatened by such problems. Even if you are approved to install a below ground shelter in an area that hasn’t been hit by a flood, there is no guarantee you will never experience storm surge or other problems following heavy rains. It might not even be worth the risk to install an in-ground shelter with this possibility becoming reality in many areas on the edge of flood plains.
- Debris could block the door, making it hard to exit – There are accessories, such as the ram jack, that can help you open a stuck storm shelter door, but you still have to work against gravity every time you’re in your in-ground shelter and then have to get out. A fallen tree or other debris could jam the door closed, and for some people, that possibility can make an in-ground shelter and the idea of being trapped an unattractive option not worth attempting.
Benefits of Above Ground Shelters
If you’re thinking about getting a storm shelter for your family, the most economical and practical type to get is an above ground shelter! Reasons you should install this shelter as opposed to an in-ground shelter include:
- Accessible to all – Abandon the stress of worrying your family members or friends might have difficulty getting to safety during a severe storm. Above ground shelters are easy to access, with no steps or ramps to worry about when you open the door!
- Easy, quick installation – Above ground shelters are installed securely indoors, in a garage, or in a carport and can be done in as little as an hour and a half without any heavy equipment. What’s not to love about having the security of a shelter so quickly?
- Less intrusive installation – An in-ground storm shelter installation often means you’re paying not only for the shelter itself, but for the labor and equipment needed to dig a hole for the shelter. With an above ground shelter install, you are paying for labor and equipment, but the interruption to your day to day activities is greatly diminished. Some models can take up the same amount of space in your home as a closet and be just as discrete.
- Moves if you move – Planning to sell your house and buy another? If you buy an above ground shelter, you can take it with you and install it in your new home!
- Custom colors and sizes – No matter if you are looking for a shelter for a small family or an extended network of people, above ground shelters can come in a wide variety of sizes. Plus, you can customize your shelter in your favorite color or even have it blend in with the room it occupies.
- Number of models available – Shelter Solutions fabricates its own above ground safe rooms, but we can also provide other manufactured models such as those by TornadoSafe. You have many options and can find them all in one place when you contact our team about an above ground shelter.
Contact Shelter Solutions of Arkansas
If installing an above ground shelter appeals to you, then don’t wait – contact Shelter Solutions of Arkansas today to schedule your install!