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Florida Building Codes help protect residents

The likelihood of hurricanes means that people in Florida must live in homes that can withstand the winds from these major storms. In order to do this, you count on contractors to ensure the jobs they do for you meet the current building codes for hurricanes.

The Florida Building Code is updated every three years to address risks that have been noted during storms that occurred during that period. It encompasses a variety of factors, including what type of windows are appropriate for areas where high wind velocity is likely. It also contains information about how roof structures should be erected.

Some people think that the building code only applies to new structures, but that isn't the case. It also applies to buildings that are altered, rehabilitated or repaired. Because these codes are updated often and are so complex, it is always best to work with a contractor who takes the time to learn about the changes as they are made.

Because the winds of the hurricanes are a primary hazard, the building code for the state requires that all structures can withstand winds of at least 100 miles per hour, but coastal areas may have higher limits. Miami-Dade County has the highest wind requirement, which is 146 mph.

Once the 2019 hurricane season draws to a close, if you plan on having a structure built, rehabilitated or repaired, make sure that your contractor is well-versed in these codes. If you discover that the contractor didn't comply with applicable requirements, you might choose to try to recover the damages you face by filing a lawsuit.

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