Tough steel homes are
replacing wood structures destroyed by hurricane Katrina. (U.S.
Aug. 2005) Just like the days of the Lustron Home, modern steel
homes attract buyers who want a strong, low maintenance, fire resistant
home. Some of these modern steel homes offer heavier gauge steel
construction than the Lustron homes.
Pictured below are modern
steel homes by Kodiak Steel Homes, a US manufacturer. Like the Lustron
Home, they are delivered as a kit on a flatbed truck. These homes
are rated for 140 mph (224 km/h) winds.
These homes have
I-Beam steel construction, steel siding and steel roof. They
are available in sizes from 950 to 3,700 square feet. Unlike Lustrons,
the steel siding on these homes is protected with a modern polymeric
coating, not porcelain. And interior walls are finished with sheetrock,
not porcelain- steel panels.
This illustration depicts
a steel home installation designed for flooding and hurricane force
winds in a coastal setting. This Kodiak Windmaster model is built
on 10-foot or higher steel & concrete piers and is engineered
to withstand 155 MPH (248 km/h) winds. This is the maximum speed
of a category 4 hurricane.
Lustron steel homes are
known to withstand high winds better than conventional wood frame
homes. See Tornados.