U.S. Storm Shelters Installation

Installation of Your Interior Safe Room

Your U.S. Safe Room can be installed in either new construction or an existing structure anywhere you have the necessary concrete slab floor space and height clearance to allow for the size of room you have chosen. All safe room sizes can typically be installed in a single day.

Because our safe rooms come in pieces and are erected at your site, we are able to carry them through regular sized doorways, down hallways, down stairs and into basements, closets or into a garage and assemble them there. They can be installed snugly against walls and in corners as well.

You will want to have the desired location for your safe room selected before you order so that, if needed, we can build your safe room with the door in the best location for operation in the space you have. The nicest thing about a U.S. Safe Room is that it allows you instant access to safety without ever leaving your home or office and it can move with you should you ever relocate!

Installation of Your Concrete Storm Shelter

Your storm shelter can be installed anywhere on your property you wish as long as you have adequate access and installation space for the truck and backhoe to operate. A good rule of thumb is an area no smaller than 32' ft x 54' ft. The actual finished and mounded shelter will have a surface footprint of roughly 18' ft (front to back) x 22' (side to side) including the mound. Our trucks are 36' long, 13 1/2' ft tall and weigh slightly less than 26,000 lbs loaded with your storm shelter. Dry weather and dry ground are required for installation of an in-ground unit. We typically ask you to select 3 sites on your property where you think you might like to install the shelter. Once our crew arrives, they will walk your property with you prior to any excavation to help you determine the best location. We generally encourage placement of your shelter where it is most convenient for you and your family to reach in the event of a storm with little or no warning.

In many cases, a city lot is simply too small for us to be able to install an in-ground unit but we are always open to taking a look to verify that for you. In most cases we can do that for you instantly by reviewing satellite imagery of your property. If we do not have enough space to access and install an in-ground shelter for you, one of our interior safe rooms is an excellent alternative.

Local permits, if required, must be obtained by the homeowner and are not included in our pricing. Cities vary greatly in what they require and charge for permits. If you are inside of city limits, check with your permit office to see if one is necessary. If you are outside of city limits, there is normally no permit requirement at all.

Our pricing includes standard installation which typically takes about 3 1/2 hours to complete. Rock breaking & removal (requiring additional equipment and time) is not included.

A BIG Thank You to the Ritchey family for documenting their concrete storm shelter installation in the video above.

Interior Safe Room Installation:

C-Channel Steel

3/16" x 8" steel "C" channel "in the rough" before fabrication


Interior Base Channel

Interior view of base channel, base frame and wall panel union


Interior roof channel

Interior view of roof channel, roof frame and wall panel union


Door cross bars

Interior view of door cross bar rest. Each safe room door is secured during storms by three high strength tubular steel cross bars.


Interior door

Interior view of a safe room door ready for a storm


Anchored frame

4'x6' base frame anchored to foundation


Awaiting Roof Channel

4'x6' Safe room awaiting wall and roof channel installation


Door Open

Safe room door open showing low threshold entrance


4'x6' Safe room Exterior

Interior view of a safe room door ready for a storm


Exterior Concrete Shelter Installation:

Marking off dig location

Marking off dig site. Excavation of in-ground space for site of shelter base.


In-ground shelter base

Excess dirt set aside for landscaping around shelter cap.


Prepping shelter base

Leveling ground for shelter placement.


Shelter base inserted

Shelter base inserted and prepared for cap seal.


Base ready for shelter cap

Shelter base is now ready for cap attachment and seal.


Shelter cap lowered

Concrete cap maneuvered into position for proper seal to base.


Shelter cap attachment

Ensure proper seal with base and cap. Finish interior prep.


Landscaping of shelter cap

Finish landscaping of soil to sides of shelter cap and make smooth to edging.


Shelter is part of landscaping

After time, ground shape and grass seam up to in-ground storm shelter.


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