Building a concrete safe room is not an inexpensive proposition, especially if you are adding one to an existing home. But it’s impossible to put a value on a structure that will give you peace of mind and could save your life. Here are a few factors to consider before building a concrete safe room as well as guidelines and resources for safe room construction.
What Is the Cost of Installing a Safe Room?
Costs for safe room construction vary across the United States. The cost for constructing an 8- by 8-foot safe room that can double as a closet, bathroom, or utility room inside a new home ranges from approximately $6,600 to $8,700 (in 2011 dollars), according to FEMA. A larger 14- by 14-foot safe room runs from about $12,000 to $14,300.
The main factors that influence the cost of a concrete safe room include:
The cost of retrofitting an existing home to add a safe room will vary with the size of the home and its construction type. In general, safe room costs for existing homes will be approximately 20% higher than those in new homes. See this safe room cost calculator from HighWindSafeRooms.org for average remodeling costs for 8- by 8-foot and 14- by 14-foot units made of concrete, concrete block and ICFs.
Some communities offer incentives for owners who wish to build a safe room or shelter, including reduced property taxes. You may also be able to obtain FEMA funding to construct a safe room. For project eligibility, contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer, who can advise you on what information to provide to be considered for funding. Some state and local governments have engaged in grant programs with the federal government to partially subsidize the construction of safe rooms.
We make sure that our steel construction meets the strict guidelines of construction standards.Above Ground Safe Room Safe From Falling Debris from Tornado? Above ground safe rooms that are built within FEMA’s Guidelines will withstand falling debris such as a 3,000 lb vehicle! Can you imagine a car falling on top of your safe room?You can find our more about FEMA guidelines on residential safe rooms , or you can get more information by calling the FEMA safe room help line.Here at #rd Coast Pros all of our above ground safe rooms are built according to FEMA’s guidelines, and have been tested by Texas Tech Wind Science Research Center.