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By: OASIS SHUTTERS INC | Created 03/18/2019

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By: FB DOORS IMPACT PROTECTION | Created 01/21/2019
If you live in a region prone to hurricanes, fitting your home for storm safety should be a top priority. When severe weather hits, your house is only as strong as its structures. Keep your family secure by installing specialty products, such as hurricane doors, and taking other damage prevention measures. Not sure where to start? Let this guide teach you the basics of hurricane home safety.Install Impact Windows: When high-speed winds are stirring around your home, strong windows are a key line of defense. In some tests, impact windows have withstood category 5 winds and the resulting flying debris. Add Impact Doors: Much like your windows, hurricane doors are an essential layer of protection. Install impact doors as soon as possible and make sure that the door frame is sturdy as well. Reinforce Your Roof: A detached roof is one of the most devastating home damages resulting from a hurricane. Install anchors or adhesive to keep your roof in place. If you haven’t already, make sure that your roof is shaped to allow full water drainage. Clean The Yard: As hurricanes tend to pick up loose objects, make sure your yard is free of debris. Be diligent about picking up fallen branches and other miscellaneous yard objects. If you hear that a hurricane is coming, bring any outdoor furniture inside of your garage or home. Buy A Generator: Power outages are common during hurricanes, as wind and falling trees can easily knock out entire power lines. By installing a generator, you can keep your family out of the dark until electrical repairs are made. As storms differ in impact, a generator will have you covered for even the longest outage.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     If you are having any doubts about your homes safety measures, speak with a home safety inspector about how you can improve. In addition to installing impact windows and doors, and reinforcing other home features, be sure to have an evacuation plan in the event of a true emergency. When a storm could be too severe for even the most reinforced homes, it is best to get out of the area completely. Inform your family of this plan and what else they can do to keep themselves safe during a storm.
By: IMPACT DW CORPORATION | Created 10/31/2018

Homeowners in the areas most likely to be hit by hurricanes and tropical storms turn their minds towards disaster preparedness. Although no method can completely protect against hurricane damage, you can take many steps to minimize the risk to your home, including one of the most vulnerable points: Your windows.

The impact windows are built with one goal in mind: to protect your home during the most severe weather conditions, such as hurricanes and tropical storms.

How hurricane impact windows work.

High-performance impact-resistant windows are built very differently when compared to normal windows. They consist of several layers of glass and/or plexiglass or other synthetic materials that make shattering or penetration through them extremely difficult. These layers are sealed together with a security-rated PVB interlayer that will hold the window together should the glass be broken. In testing, the windows are hit with a large missile (a nine-pound wood 2x4) calibrated to travel at 50 feet per second upon release. After passing this test, they are then subjected to a variety of other stress-related surface changes that may occur due to high heat and humidity.

Safety and efficiency.

Homeowners can expect several other benefits when installing high-performance impact windows in their homes — in addition to hurricane window protection. One perk is the energy efficiency that is added to your home. The superior seal and strength of hurricane impact windows helps to save more on your monthly heating and cooling costs.

The synthetic layer that seals the window together also acts as a UV ray filter, blocking up to 99 percent of the rays. During the summer, the windows filter out the sun’s long wave radiation, blocking and reducing the heat gained from the sunlight. In the winter, the glass allows warm solar rays into the home, while insulating and keeping the warmth generated from your heating unit inside.

Another added benefit is that hurricane windows absorb sound instead of transmitting it. If you’ve ever been woken up early on a weekend by someone in the neighborhood doing yard work, this is a feature you can definitely appreciate.

Taking measures to stormproof your home could save you from a potential disaster. When the storms start rolling in, it is nice to have peace of mind and know you and your home are ready.

 

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