From time to time we get some pushback from potential customers about our product. While people are becoming more comfortable with the idea of an above ground storm shelter being totally safe, some folks still aren't sure about having one outside of their home. The biggest objection seems to be that they don't want to have to go outside their home for shelter during bad weather. Understandable.
There are some distinct advantages to having your storm shelter located outside of your home. And, with a Safe Sheds shelter and the unique method we use to install your shelter within 2' of existing structures (WITHOUT THE USE OF A CRANE), you can have your shelter just steps away from your door. As you can see in the picture, this Ohio customer's Safe Shed fit neatly between his outside AC unit and the house, conveniently located just a few steps from the door. Because a Safe Shed has a 6" steel reinforced floor, he didn't have to pour additional concrete. That's what is right with this picture!
Having a storm shelter inside your home, that doesn't double as a closet or bathroom, wastes valuable (and expensive) square footage you could be using every day. If you put a storm shelter in your two car garage and store some Christmas decorations or your kids bikes, suddenly you have a one car garage with an empty box in the corner and you have to scrape your windshield every winter morning before work.
And, if you're installing a storm shelter in the corner of your garage, you must make sure you have steel reinforcement in your floor to properly anchor the shelter. Didn't add a rebar grid when your floor was originally poured? Sorry...you'll have to cut it out and replace that section. A storm shelter is nearly useless without proper anchoring.
And, here's something else to consider...
That blue line represents the most common size of in-house above ground storm shelters as it relates to a Safe Shed shelter. Having your shelter outside your home allows you to double your square footage for the same, or less, money. Think about that the next time you're under a tornado warning for an hour or two and need to be somewhere safe the entire time!
So, yes, you might get wet if you leave your house to go to an outside storm shelter. But the benefits can definitely outweigh the inconvenience. If you have questions or want additional information, please don't hesitate to call or e-mail!