Earthquake Prevention 2016-10-31T17:45:35+00:00

Earthquake Prevention

Imagine your dream home. Now imagine the pain and anguish of losing it to a devastating earthquake. It’s a terrible thought, but here in the Pacific Northwest, the threat of earthquakes and other natural disasters is all, too real. Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict when earthquakes will happen. However at Westlake Development Group, we want to make sure that your home is fully prepared and protected from natural disasters and catastrophes.

Earthquake Facts

EARTHQUAKE RISK

Oregon & Washington have a moderate to very high earthquake risk according to the United States Geological Survey

EARTHQUAKE ACTIVITY

Since 2003, both Oregon and Washington have been hit by a 4.0 or greater magnitude earthquake

VOLCANOES IN OREGON

Oregon and Washington are home to several dormant and extinct volcanoes– frequent sources of tectonic shifting and earthquake activity

CASCADIA SUB ZONE

Many of the most popular locations in the PNW are located near the Cascadia subduction zone, putting them at risk for earthquake damage

Our Process

Studying the Area

When building a custom home in Oregon or Washington, one of our first steps is to investigate the surrounding area. We’ll frequently refer to the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries map. This help us understand the hazards a potential lot might be susceptible to, including:

• 100-year floods
• Coastal erosion
• Volcanoes
• Active faults
• Earthquakes
• Landslide

By researching the area’s groundwork, soil, and surrounding environment, we’re able to help you make the best choice when selecting a lot and building your custom home.

Construction Techniques

In addition to thoroughly researching the geography of potential home sites, our construction teams are able to build homes that are built to withstand damage from earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The key is rock solid support for your home, beginning with the foundation. We use metal structural hold-downs that connect vertically between the foundation and the walls of your home. This provides extra stability and security in the event of an earthquake.

“Gerald goes 110% for you all the time. And he’s very, very good at listening, not just to the surface of what I say, but really trying to understand where we’re coming from and trying to put out a good product. It’s been awesome.”

– STEPHEN CHEN & LISA CHANG
(OWNERS OF THE SANDHILL CRANE HOME – CUSTOM BUILD FOR THE 2015 STREET OF DREAMS)

Our Guarantee

You’re in it for the long haul and so are we.

All custom homes built by Westlake Development Group are covered by a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty. This is an industry-leading 10-year, insurance-backed structural warranty for newly constructed homes. The 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty is fully approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

We stand behind all of our work and it shows.

Contact Us

Are you ready for your dream home?

Westlake Development Group can build it.

Contact us online or feel free to give us a call at (503) 327-8351

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