FORTIFIED Gold includes all FORTIFIED Roof and Silver requirements and resists damage from category 3 hurricanes. FORTIFIED Gold is used primarily in new construction of major rehab projects.

FORTIFIED Gold - Hurricane includes:

  1. Providing continuous load path connections between roof support members and load-bearing walls, between load-bearing and shear walls above and below intermediate floors of multi-story homes, and between bottom floor bearing and shear walls down to the foundation.

  2. Adequately securing chimneys to the structure.

  3. Ensuring that windows and doors meet appropriate design pressures in addition to being protected from windborne debris.

  4. Ensuring that exterior walls are constructed using a wall system that provides, at a minimum, the resistance to wind pressures and debris impact provided by 7/16-inch thick OSB wood structural panels attached to wood wall framing.

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