Fortified homes

Lehigh ground zero for fortified homebuilder

In this rapidly developing swath of former Florida swampland, home builders Joe and Mike Redburn are selling more than modest three-bedroom castles: They are selling fortresses.

The otherwise ordinary-looking homes have windows that can withstand 130-mph winds. Extra-beefy garage doors roll down like armored shields. Roof decking is held fast with special nails so hard to pull out that they must be cut to be removed. The back of a pickup truck the father-and-son team uses for its Fort Myers, Fla., home-building company boasts: "Our houses don't blow away."

New 'Fortified' Homes AimTo Withstand Nature's Assaults [Real Estate Journal]

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