How Much Wind Can a Mobile Home Withstand During a Hurricane?

February 13, 2023

If you live in a hurricane-prone area, you may have been wondering how much wind can a mobile home withstand during a hurricane. While most mobile homes can withstand winds of up to 80 mph, it is possible that they could be damaged by stronger storms, especially on weak foundations.

Luckily, hurricanes don’t often affect most of the U.S., but they’re still a big concern for homeowners and their families. Even so, it’s important to be prepared for the possibility of a hurricane.

What is Wind Zone I?

Wind Zone I is the most lenient wind zone for manufactured homes, and it covers most parts of the country. The only real concern is in the southeastern part of the country where hurricanes are more common, such as Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

How Can I Find Out My Home’s Wind Zone?

If your home is a manufactured home, you should be able to find the zone it was designed for on its HUD data plate. You can also look it up in your state’s building code.

The data plate will have a number, which matches the wind speed rating for your zone. The higher your wind zone, the better off your home will be during a hurricane.

The best way to get the most out of your wind resistance is to keep up with routine maintenance. Loose shingles, tie-downs that are not snug or piers that need shimmed are all issues that could cause damage in the event of a hurricane.


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