How Safe is your home?

Most homes are not safe

Most people think that their homes are safe. I mean, come on, we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars have them built, then spend even more money on security systems and childproofing them. How could anyone say that their not safe. They have to be safe, it’s our home…

Sorry, but you’ve all been deceived. Not intentionally, but you have been deceived. Most builders construct your home using design and technology that hasn’t changed in since the early 1900’s. Concrete foundations supporting a wooden, stick-frame box, with a sloped roof made of wood and asphalt shingles. Sure, some of the components have gotten better over the years…electrical wiring, heating and cooling systems, etc. But the basic method of construction hasn’t changed in over a century.

Think about some of the disasters that have happened in the past that have devastated whole communities. Fires, floods, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis. People who have experienced these events will tell you that in these events, their homes where totally ineffective in protecting them. Most people had to flee these events, if they had time, and had to leave most of their personal belongings behind.

Now think of all the other things that can happen to your home. Crime, rot, mold, insect damage, rodent invasion, and just good old age. Using traditional construction methods, a common home rarely lasts more than 50 years before it needs replaced, or at a minimum, extensive and costly renovation. Are you truly prepared to spend your hard earned money on something that can disappear in the blink of an eye, or will slowly deteriorate over time?

I didn’t think so. So, what is the solution to this dilemma? The solution is simple, but requires you to step out of your comfort zone. Most people today grew up in a standard built, stick-frame, square home. You had flat walls, and a flat ceiling. It’s what you are comfortable with. Now, put that aside, and think round. Imagine yourself inside a dome. The walls and ceiling merge seamlessly in a gentle curve that surrounds you, broken only by the windows and doors. Now, imagine that that dome was constructed on reinforced concrete, and was tied into the floor in such a manner as to make the floor and dome a single unit.

This is a Monolithic Dome. This is a construct that, over the last 40+ years has withstood fires, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, hail, blistering heat and freezing cold. The construction method used resists insects and rodents, resists rot and mold, is super energy efficient, and will last for 300 or more. In fact, the oldest known monolithic style dome is still in use today, over 1800 years after it was first built. It has survived two world wars, and numerous local wars, and is still standing. It’s the Parthenon.

Now, in today’s world of turmoil and strife, we have to look at other issues when it comes to our homes. Can our homes protect us from criminals? Break-ins? Looters? Drive-by or random shootings? Truth be told, most modern stick-frame homes, no matter how well constructed cannot. There’s an old saying, “Locks are there to keep honest people out.” What they mean by this is that in a standard built home, it is nearly impossible and incredibly expensive to harden the entries and windows to resist a determined attempt to get through them. Simply put, wood can only resist so much pressure before it breaks.

Now, in a Monolithic Dome, if properly constructed, steel door and window frames are bolted directly into the reinforced concrete of the dome itself; thereby increasing their strength exponentially. Beyond this, the Monolithic Dome has been proven to resist bullets from many common handguns, and even high-powered hunting rifles. The bullets simply do not penetrate the shell of the dome.   By adding a few additional security features, which by the way increase the curb appeal of the home, you can almost eliminate the weak points around your windows as well.

Is it worth stepping outside your comfort zone to gain security and peace of mind like this? How much would you be willing to pay to guarantee your family’s safety under almost any conditions? Would you be surprised to hear that a Monolithic can be built with all the security you desire for only about 10% more than it would cost you to build a standard stick-frame structure of the same square footage. It’s true.

So, if you want safety, security, and longevity in your next home, consider having us build you a Monolithic Dome. After all, isn’t your family worth it?

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