Placement of Storm Shelter in Your Garage

Placement of Storm Shelter in Your Garage

Here at F5 Storm Shelters, we get asked all the time about where we install our shelters in the garage and why we use that location. When installing an underground garage storm shelter in a customers garage floor, our installers our instructed to install the shelter about 1 ft in from the garage door. We also choose to come about 2.5-3ft in from the exterior wall. The main reason we choose to start the install so close to the garage door is so that the customer can use their storm shelter easier. Most peoples garages are a little over 20 inches deep. By putting the shelter so close to the garage door, it allows most people the ability to pull their vehicle up far enough so that they can get inside the tornado shelter without having to back their car out of the garage. The last thing that you would want to happen during a storm is to back your car out of the garage in order to get inside the storm shelter, a tornado never comes, it starts hailing and then you are out of pocket $500-$100 for your car deductible.

 

We bring the shelter 2.5 ft in from the exterior wall so that the shelter is centered on whatever bay you choose to place it. All the lids on every size shelter we sell are 3 ft wide. This limits you from having to drive over the lids on a daily basis. We strongly recommend that every customer should try to avoid driving over the actual lids. They are equipt to handle such impact, but we don’t think it is a good decision long term. Over the years, wear and tear could cause the lid to dent in, making it hard to open the front lid.

Putting the shelter so close to the garage door also makes it easier for our installers to install the storm shelter. For the customer, this means we are less likely to ding your property with our equipment.

 

If you have any questions about our storm shelters, please don’t hesitate to call us. Call (405) 824-7209 if you are in the OKC metro, or call (918) 970-4770 if you are in Tulsa. You can also find more info on our website at www.f5stormsheltersok.com.

 

F5 STORM SHELTERS

Storm Shelters, Tornado Shelters, Safe Rooms

Tulsa – (918) 970-4770
Oklahoma City – (405) 824-7209

www.f5stormsheltersok.com

Questions about Post Tension Foundations

Questions about Post Tension Foundations

We get questions all the time from customers about whether or not they have post tension cables under their foundation. These questions primarily come from our Tulsa customers, but it is becoming alot more frequent in the Oklahoma city area so we thought we would post a blog about it. First of all, post tension foundations are different from normal foundations in that they have high tension cables running in or beneath the slab. They are designed to help improve the stability of your foundation over time. The problem though, is if you have them, cables running under your garage floor presents a problem when installing an underground garage tornado shelter. In order for a customer with post tension to get their install done properly, you must hire a post tension company to be present for the install. Once the slab is cut and removed, the company will adjust the cables and cap them so that it will be possible to put the storm shelter in the garage floor. This service will cost a little extra on top of the installation, but it will make it possible for everybody to be below ground when a storm is heading their way.

 

F5 STORM SHELTERS

Storm Shelters, Tornado Shelters, Safe Rooms

Tulsa – (918) 970-4770
Oklahoma City – (405) 824-7209

www.f5stormsheltersok.com