Discussion in 'General' started by Dad, 9 Sep 2004.
On the beach looking at a hotel which lost it's roof.
This use to be a surf shop
Glad you guys are ok!
Some some big cleanup...
Holy crap.. lots of destruction..
Just wondering.. why do most american houses look like they are made out of wood when huricanes hit?
Cause they have to keep rebuilding them?
I've notice it alot.. i couldn't really find any typically brick built (like UK) houses when i was in Florida.. i may be wrong but they all looked like they were made out of panels of wood?
Agreed... you would think that they might get the idea and build houses out of brick??
Alot of homes down here are a wood frames and meet hurricane requirements. And when you look at them it looks like they are built very cheap. I live in a house that was build in 1929 and very solid. They just don't build them like they use to.
its a cultural thing:
in the 1700's, early 1800's, america was a GIANT forest. cheap building supplies.
in rural areas, that meant log cabins. 4 grown men can put one up in less than a week if it means not sleeping with the bears n ****.
in urban settings, stick & sheet building became the fashion whereever large quarries werent available. and face it, wood is easier and faster to work with than limestone and brick.
Most North American houses are made of wood
Just seems a bit silly tbh with all the hurricanes.. tornadoes etc etc you get in America.. cos it sure as hell takes alot more to take down a brick house.
actually, when built properly a wooden house has a better chance of survival than a brick/stone house.
wood will give before it breaks, and stone wont.
google for photos of andrew in '91 - when it hit you could see a mile wide path of destruction, except for the 2 subdivisions that Jimmy Carter and Habitat for Humantiy had built, using modified Japanese anti-earthquake technology - all wood too. a few houses lost some shingles, but were otherwise untouched.
ok i cant find the pictures im looking for now, but heres one of some plywood that was driven quite nealy through a tree ...
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