The 2 biggest natural threats to a house in Florida are hurricanes and termites. It makes sense to choose materials resistant to wind, flying debris and hungry insects. Though there are many wood houses on pier and beam foundations, the most resilient ones have slab foundations, concrete block walls, low roof built using prefabricated trusses and concrete tile roofing. As many doors and windows are only built for 6″ exterior walls, the extra 3″ wall thickness can be used for mounting hurricane shutters of varying styles. Stucco siding outside and insulated wallboard inside completes the “Fl…


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