Asked on Apr 2, 2012

Will my home blow away when the wolf huffs and puffs?

Clay BPamKMS Woodworks


My home has no house wrap, the walls are just vinyl siding, 3/4" foam, studs and fiberglass insulation, and drywall; there is NO PLYWOOD/WAFER BOARD on my exterior walls! Nice building codes in 1988 when it was built; I'm told there is plywood at the corners of the home. I plan on re-siding in a few years anyway with Hardiplank, so I'll have to plywood it then too. I've never heard of such a thing. I've worked at buiding material stores since 1985 in New England until I moved here 8 years ago, and was very surprised to find out this was allowed at all. Now I'll be ever more nervous when the next hurricane hits, will an object come right through my wall?
4 answers
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Apr 2, 2012

    I thought Atlanta was the only place. At least your new outlet should hold up. Think about pre-fab next (-; CP

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 3, 2012

    A number of years ago I visited my aunt in Texas...she was showing me her whole house fan. As I looked up in to the attic I noticed slats of wood that the shingles were attached sheathing on walls is pretty crazy...but no sheathing on a roof is even worse. I guess I'm one of those that feel homes should be built as soundly and securely as possible. Where I live we have 110 mph wind code and 55 psf snow load.

  • Pam
    on Apr 20, 2012

    Clay, I live in Louisiana and we get more than our share of hurricanes as you know. My condo was also built in 1986 and the construction you have is the exact same as mine. So far we have withstood many hurricanes and very high winds during thunder storms (at least 65 mph). My condo is still standing even though I would like more walls between me and the elements. I would love to cover with Hardiplank. It is definitely the new wonder here in the South especially in S.LA where my family reside. It offer so much moref strength and insulation from the elements. When I move back home, down south as we say, I will use Hardiplank on my house.

  • Clay B
    on Apr 23, 2012

    Thank you Pam D., makes me feel more comfortable about it at least.

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