EUROHOUSE ' pre-engineered design allows our homes to withstand wind and seismic forces that would flatten conventional housing.
Engineered to Last
People must be able to trust that the public buildings where they visit and work are well constructed and safe, so commercial building
codes in most of the country are even stricter than residential codes. EUROHOUSE Steel Homes offers homebuilders that same extra
safety margin. Our homes meet or exceed commercial building codes, and we employ the same engineering principles and materials
that are used in most new commercial construction. The steel in your EUROHOUSE home greatly reduces your risks from the most
common dangers facing homeowners like fire, termites, mold, and rot. However, we have designed your EUROHOUSE steel home to
withstand even more extreme threats.
High Winds and Bolted Connections
Our homes are engineered to take the worst nature can dish out. All the structural components of a EUROHOUSE steel home are
connected with bolts, and the roof panels and steel studs are screwed to the frame or the foundation. These connections resist force
in all directions, which is extremely important in windstorms like tornadoes and hurricanes. Despite what most people think, high
winds do not usually blow buildings down from the outside; they blow buildings up -- from the inside. Most catastrophic wind damage
occurs when airborne debris punctures the "building envelope" (by breaking a window, etc.), allowing the wind to enter and pressurize
the interior. As this pressure increases, it can lift the roof off, blow out the walls, or even separate the house from its foundation.
A wood-framed home has little defense because nails offer almost no resistance against an outward or uplifting force. That is why building
codes and insurance requirements in Florida and parts of Texas require builders to reinforce wood frames by bolting steel straps or
brackets between the roof and walls. Of course, adding a few pieces of steel cannot turn a stick-built frame into a bolted, pre-engineered
steel framing system like ours, a system whose strength and structural integrity enabled several EUROHOUSE homes to withstand the
full force of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita with no significant damage.
A Solid Foundation
The foundation of a home holds it down, not up. When faced with extreme winds, floodwaters, or earthquakes, the foundation must
hold fast or the house can be swept away or collapse. That is not likely to happen to your EUROHOUSE home. EUROHOUSE pre-engineered
steel frames are designed to be anchored into concrete piers that extend well below the slab floor (your foundation engineer will determine
the exact dimensions based on local soil conditions and the specifications of the particular EUROHOUSE model you choose). These piers will
hold their ground against forces that could uproot a typical shallow slab. The mainframe columns of your EUROHOUSE steel home will be
connected to these piers with anchor bolts three-quarters to one-inch thick that are set in place when the piers are poured. The "L" shaped anchor bolts extend as deep as 18 inches into
the concrete with as much as a six-inch horizontal leg for even greater security. EUROHOUSE will specify the type and thickness of the
bolts; however, since you will likely pour your foundation and set the bolts before the materials for your home arrive, we do not supply
the bolts themselves.
A Proven Design
Steel-Kits' pre-engineered steel rigid-frame design has been tested under the most extreme conditions and never failed. To our knowledge,
no EUROHOUSE home has ever suffered serious structural damage from fire, high winds, floods, or earthquakes, and we have received
numerous reports from EUROHOUSE homeowners who have experienced these conditions. Thanks to the strength, flexibility, and ductility
of steel itself and to the quality and integrity of our design, your EUROHOUSE steel home will be the strongest, safest, and healthiest
shelter you can provide for your family.