Concrete homes and safe rooms growing in popularity - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Concrete homes and safe rooms growing in popularity

Posted: Updated:

(KYTX) -  Concrete is being poured into the walls of this home using ICF.

"This is a small portion of it, they come in 8 foot lengths," said Todd Weaver, Customer Concrete Homes. 

These insulated concrete forms, as they're called, are hollow core blocks that stack and interlock like legos.

This shell of an elementary school in Mansfield is being built using the construction material.

Todd Weaver with Custom Concrete Homes stands behind the durability and strength of the material.

"Structurally, I don't know of anything out there that is stronger," said Weaver.

Strength is what you need, when you have debris, coming toward your home in strong tornadic winds.

"I've seen these 2x4s go through two or three walls in a house," said Larry Tanner.

Larry Tanner helps run Texas Tech's national wind institute, the premier testing ground for tornado shelters.

Well-built safe rooms can withstand flying 2x4s and larger debris, which is often heavier but slower. Those shelters don't have to be buried in the backyard.

"You can completely have a safe building above ground," added Weaver.

Weaver showed us pictures of concrete safe rooms that can be built to match your house.

"That way it would look like it was a part of your house, but it's really a standalone unit right next to the house," said Weaver.

These safe rooms can handle the impact of a piece of debris flying at 115 miles per hour.

If you build a new home, you can make it into your closet or bathroom. Something you can use everyday, which minimizes the cost.

For more information, click here.

 

 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Texas is among hottest job markets

    Web Exclusive: Texas is among hottest job markets

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-09-15 13:42:30 GMT
    The city you live in could play a major factor in landing that dream gig if you're on the job hunt.  A new survey is suggesting parts of the country expect an increase in the labor force.More >>
    The city you live in could play a major factor in landing that dream gig if you're on the job hunt.  A new survey is suggesting parts of the country expect an increase in the labor force.More >>
  • Kilgore Restore Projects Gain Support

    Kilgore Restore Projects Gain Support

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-09-15 04:05:28 GMT
    KILGORE (KYTX) - This group of men and women gather around this chipped, scratched, and vandalized sign that welcomes people into Dansby Village to discuss plans to fix it. Abandoned stores around this neighborhood show signs of a once thriving community, and this group is hoping to attract businesses back. Their first project is repairing these entry signs. Founder of RESTORE! Kilgore, LaMont Wheat says making the neighborhood look better is the first step to attracting businesses."Our inten...More >>
    KILGORE (KYTX) - This group of men and women gather around this chipped, scratched, and vandalized sign that welcomes people into Dansby Village to discuss plans to fix it. Abandoned stores around this neighborhood show signs of a once thriving community, and this group is hoping to attract businesses back. Their first project is repairing these entry signs. Founder of RESTORE! Kilgore, LaMont Wheat says making the neighborhood look better is the first step to attracting businesses."Our inten...More >>
  • Tyler woman warning others about scam

    Tyler woman warning others about scam

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-09-15 16:19:12 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) - An East Texas woman avoids a scam that she says could have cost her thousands of dollars.More >>
    TYLER (KYTX) - An East Texas woman avoids a scam that she says could have cost her thousands of dollars.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.