At Preferred Shelters we got a lot of questions about the actual storm shelter installation process. While you do have several options for location and type of shelter, there can be limitations.  Check out these installation FAQ:

Q. Where can my shelter be installed?

A. Shelters can be installed indoors or outdoors, with three options to choose from: in-ground, above-ground, and safe room.

Q. How long does it take to complete installation?

A. We will have your shelter installed within one day.

Q. Does OKC Shelters clean up the mess from installation?

A. Yes, we certainly do. Our team will haul off, the dirt and debris from your install, as well as sweep your garage floor. Our aim is to leave your home as we found it.

Q. How many people will the shelter hold?

A. A typical shelter accommodates 6-8 depending on size and number of adults, children, pets, etc. FEMA requires 3 sq. ft. per person. We can install shelters that hold up to 12 adults.

Q. Will the installation damage my foundation?

A. Our installers are home improvement experts and will ensure that your foundation maintains its structural integrity.

Q. Can you install an in-ground storm shelter in my post-tension foundation?

A. Unfortunately, we cannot. Post-tension foundations are intricately balanced through a cable system, and cutting into it will damage its integrity. If there is a pre-cut hole in the foundation for a storm shelter, then yes, we can install an in-ground shelter. Remember, there is always the option of an above-ground shelter or safe room.

Q. Can you install an in-ground shelter in my backyard?

A. In-ground shelters are designed to be within a sheltered space. The sliding lid is not water tight, and needs to be protected from outside elements. The unit must also be installed with an existing slab in place. If you want an outdoor storm shelter, we do install above-ground storm shelters.

If you have further questions about installing a storm shelter, please call us at (405) 702-1717 for a free consultation.

*All our shelters meet or exceed FEMA 320 Standard to withstand an F5 or greater tornados. They are in compliance with the applicable provisions of the ICC-500 Design Standard/NSSA criteria, and have been successfully tested at Texas Tech Wind Engineering Research Center.