FORCE 10 Homes???
Hi does anyone here know anything about the force 10 homes and veterinary clinic they are building on STX? or on the other sister islands?
Does anyone one here own one? Just looking for inside info on durability.
They have been building them in St John and St Thomas for at least 8 years. Never heard anything bad about them.
There was built in Cotton valley.
My take on them though it would greatly depend on where you are building. They are made of steel thats coated. But if you look art the chain link fences, street poles, and other things made out of steel, they will rust! Some areas worse / sooner than other areas.
The fence at our condo had to be replaced because all of the posts rotted out. They were galvanized AND coated in plastic. Don't know how long they were there.
My husband and I researched Force 10 extensively and were ready to buy a lot and build one when we stumbled on the house we bought. We still wonder if we made the right choice. Force 10 is an excellent choice for our area. At the time we were doing the research Force 10 only allowed certified builders to install the homes and M & M Construction on St. Croix was the exclusive builder. Not sure if that is still the case. If I remember correctly, Aruba requires all new government construction be Force 10 due to the hurricane resistant factors.
M&M is still the exclusive contractor for Force-10 homes. They are a very reputable builder. They are not "coated" steel. They have a steel framework onto which is installed panels of hardiboard that has highly compressed foam sandwiched between the concrete layers. On the interior of the home, the seams are taped as with drywall and then textured or you can plaster if you like. The exteriors can be stuccoed or you can use hardiplank siding. They have standing seam roofs. The kit includes all windows and doors and interior trim pieces pre-cut and ready for installation. They go up FAST. Finishing out the interior can be done to whatever quality and price range you desire. You select your own tile and cabinetry and fixtures, etc.
Another pre-fab style of construction to consider is called thermasteel. There is a house in Judith's Fancy that has just been constructed using the thermasteel panels and it came out beautifully.
There is also one in Corcordia - the owner wa gracious enough to let us in to take a look - it was gorgeous.