We can install a Refuge storm shelter in your yard or garden, crawl space (new construction), or in a driveway slab (to be poured)*. Our certified, licensed, bonded and insured installers can put the shelter just about anywhere there’s space for it so you and your family can have proper shelter from the storm (call if you have specific questions or would like a free site visit & analysis).
*Note: we do not do many underground garage slab installations due to the recent carbon monoxide poison concerns (CO is heavier than air and therefore sinks to the lowest point in your garage, ie, your storm shelter, creating a very dangerous situation. For a garage installation, see our above-ground tornado safe rooms instead).
We install the Refuge underground storm shelters primarily in the greater Huntsville / Northern Alabama areas, including southern Tennessee and other outlying areas. Installs can be as fast as 2-4 hours (depending on install location). Refuge storm shelters carry a 10-year warranty. Click here for PRICING information and other details.
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We offer 3 different storm shelter brands, all of which meet or exceed FEMA guidelines and have been tested by Texas Tech University’s Wind Science and Engineering Center to withstand an EF-5 Tornado (each has various models/sizes):
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Which is better? An underground storm shelter? Or an above-ground tornado safe room?
You’ve seen the destruction that tornadoes and severe weather can wreak on homes, businesses and entire communities and you know you need better protection from these devastating storms. By now hopefully you’ve also realized that not all storm shelters or tornado safe rooms are created equal. While having some sort of storm shelter or safe room is better than no safe room or tornado shelter, to ensure your family’s safety and survival through even the most dangerous of storms, you need to choose wisely.
Most people are familiar with the old type of metal or concrete storm shelter that years down the road now more closely resembles a dungeon than a safe place to ride out severe weather. These older units, while again better than nothing, in most cases were simply not designed or tested to withstand the impact of a strong storm, like a Huntsville tornado.
One of the most serious issues is usually the door. With the high winds and blowing debris, you want to make sure your storm shelter or tornado safe room door is impact-tested to withstand both the wind trying to pull it off it’s hinges (requiring a substantial hinge and 3-point locking system) as well as impact from debris traveling at 250mph (like a 2×4 or tree branch), simulating the worst of storms, an EF-5 tornado.
This area is where most storm shelters fail. A regular wood or even metal framed door is not designed to withstand the impact of such objects at anywhere near those kinds of speeds. If the door were to fail or worse get sucked off, you may be subject to imminent injury or worse death. Needless to say, you need to make sure your storm shelter or safe room door is strong, secure and specifically tested to withstand impact from an EF-5 tornado, the strongest of tornadoes. (The premier tornado testing facility is at the Texas Tech University Wind Science Center)
So this begs the question, if an above-ground impact-tested tornado safe room can be as safe as an underground impact-tested storm shelter, how do you decide which to choose?
The answer is quite simple; it really is a matter of personal preference and space.
If you have a 2 or 3-car garage – or even a 1-car garage that you don’t use to park your car in and have the space for a 4×6, 4×4, 4×8 or other sized tornado safe room, then that may be an option for you. Conversly, if you do not have any available space for even a 3 1/2 foot x 4 foot safe room in your garage or on a back patio or something, then an underground storm shelter may be the best option for you.
You can enter from your house without having to get wet or subjected to the outside elements (assuming your garage is attached to your home and has a garage door)
You can also use a safe room to store valuables like guns, jewelry, important documents, etc as you would use a safe (you may want to consider installing a deluxe model safe room for this purpose if you’d like a little thicker walls and three heavy-duty Medeco deadbolts to make it that much harder to break into)
Easy access in and out for those who may be wheelchair-bound or have difficulty going up and down stairs
The All Weather Safe Room can just as easily be uninstalled as it is installed if you decide to move and want to take your tornado safe room with you
Each of the All Weather Safe Rooms comes standard at 80 inches high, giving you plenty of head space, again making it very easy to enter and exit
All Weather Safe Rooms also have vertical doors that open inward in case a strong storm hits and causes part or all of your garage to collapse around you (which, being surrounded by your garage is likely to happen) so that you’re able to easily climb out after the storm
The ability to choose a custom size (down to the inch) and door location for safe room, for as few as 3 adults to as many as 100 (10×50 foot safe room, ie, our community safe room) as the All Weather Safe Rooms are custom built for each customer
You do not have a suitable location for an above-ground storm shelter
You “feel” safer being underground that above-ground.
You’d like a more economical option to give you more space for your dollar. An underground storm shelter is likely to give you more space as metal is more expensive than fiberglass, saving you as much as $1,000 depending on which storm shelter you choose
You prefer to be outside in the open to decrease your chances of the building around you collapsing on top of you
You have neighbors or family who you also want to easily be able to get into your storm shelter
You want to protect up to 20 adults in one location, underground
In conclusion, any way you look at it, a tested, quality underground storm shelter is just as safe as an above-ground storm shelter (assuming you’re dealing with a reputable company with quality products that have been specifically engineered, designed and tested for use as tornado protection); the question you have to decide is which factors are most important to me and which one do I prefer?
If you’re still unsure though and would like to discuss your situation with us further to review other concerns or specific issues your house or yard may contain, just give us a call or send us an email anytime by calling (256) 258-WIND (9463) or click on the CONTACT US tab at the top of the page. Hopefully this article has helped you figure out which option may be best for you and your family.
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- You want a tornado shelter that you and your family will feel safe and comfortable in that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.
- You want a tornado shelter where you don’t have to worry about bugs, snakes, frogs or other critters, not to mention mold or mildew from water seeping problems with metal or concrete underground shelters.
- You don’t want a tornado shelter that may make you hesitate to use it when the time comes to take shelter from the storm - that moment could be the difference between life and death.
- You want a tornado shelter that has been properly tested by the Texas Tech University Wind Science Center to withstand an EF-5 tornado so you don’t have to worry about your family’s safety during severe weather.
Like the Lifesaver Storm Shelter, the Refuge Storm Shelter is a quality fiberglass underground shelter that will not leak, rust, corrode or mildew. With the technology and materials of today, fiberglass is the obvious choice for underground storm shelter installations of the future.
Fiberglass is the preferred material because it offers safety, affordability and longevity, as it is waterproof and rot-resistant, and can withstand the tests of time so that your family can take shelter from the storm in ”THE REFUGE“ for years to come. You can rest assured that this shelter will stand the test of time.
The Refuge Storm Shelter has been around since before the turn of the last century and will be around through the next millennium and beyond, providing the same peace-of-mind protection from tornadoes and damaging winds as it did for you from the day it was installed. Safety is the most important consideration in the design of “THE REFUGE” underground storm shelter.
Proven Test Results
Though storms can be unpredictable, when seeking shelter in ”The Refuge” storm shelter you are giving your family the best chance for survival. There are incredible dangers with today’s more violent and ever-changing weather patterns. The following link reveals the stellar impact test results performed by Texas Tech University’s Wind Science Center in Lubbock, Texas:
** REFUGE Storm Shelter Advantages over other Storm Shelters **
- High-production capability means Refuge storm shelters are likely available when other manufacturers may be swamped!
- Higher ceilings and lower-angled steps means a more spacious interior providing a feeling of comfort and security with ample head and leg room and easier access in and out of the Refuge storm shelter!
- Molded-in shelf space for emergency supplies such as water bottles, batteries, flashlights, blankets, first aid kits, etc.
- Fiberglass is ideal because it offers safety, affordability, and longevity - Like the Lifesaver: No rusting, No cracking, No Rotting – Easy to maintain and clean! - Lightweight, simple and hi-tech, yet relatively quick to install (in as little as 2-4 hours)!
- Made in the USA
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