Design and Function, Perfectly Engineered
FORTIFIED requirements come from decades of studying damage to residential structures from tornadoes, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events. These essential solutions can assist with protecting and defending your home against severe weather storms. Specifically, FORTIFIED requirements strengthen a home’s outer envelope – notably roof and wall systems, doors, glazed openings, and foundation.
Homes can be certified by Aran + Franklin as FORTIFIED at three levels: Roof, Silver, or Gold. The Roof level concentrates on improving roof strength and wind resistance, while Silver requires reinforcing roofs and using impact-resistant windows and doors. Gold considers the first two levels and adds a “continuous load path” to ensure buildings are sufficiently load-bearing and anchored to the ground.
A separate set of FORTIFIED standards have been developed to safeguard commercial and multi-family buildings and guarantee continuous operations despite hurricanes, strong winds, and hail. See more details about the FORTIFIED home program.