The Importance of Wind Load Safety

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In order for a structure to be sound and secure, the foundation, roof, and walls must be strong and wind resistant. When building a structure it is important to calculate wind load to ensure that the structure can withstand high winds, especially if the building is located in an area known for inclement weather. The main wind force resisting system of a building is a vital component. While wind load calculations can be difficult to figure out because the wind is unpredictable, some standard calculations can give you a good idea of what a building can withstand. Wind loading analysis is an essential part of the building process. If wind loading analysis is not done correctly the resulting effects could include collapsed windows and doors, ripped off roofing, and more.

Types of Wind Load Forces on Buildings:

  • Shear Load – Wind pressure that is horizontal and could make a building tilt.
  • Lateral Load – A pulling and pushing horizontal pressure that can cause a building to move off its foundation.
  • Uplift Load – Pressures from wind flow that cause lifting effects.

Guardbooth wind load

Panel Built Accesses the wind load requirements by zone. If a project requires up to 160 MPH wind loads it will have added steel support beams to keep employees and others safe. To hear more about these requirements call us at 1-800-636-3873.


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