Hurricane Season and Your Windows
7/29/2014 8:42 AM
With hurricane season firmly upon us in the northern hemisphere, those that live along the U.S. East Coast must be prepared to deal with nature's worst. At Weather Shield, we take the risks associated with extreme weather very seriously. We understand that hurricanes can be devastating to your life, so we have dedicated a lot of time to engineering windows designed to protect both property and people.
Did you know, every year in the U.S. hurricanes and other tropical storm system cause more than $5 billion in damages and 20 deaths? Much of this damage is caused by the flooding rains associated with the storms, but wind damage is the second largest contributor to damage and death, much of which could be avoided with proper planning and preparation.
Simply securing your home's windows and doors will not make it impenetrable, but it can significantly reduce the risk of structural failure.
Benefits of Impact / Hurricane Windows
Are hurricane windows really necessary? Doesn't plywood or storm shutters accomplish the same thing?
These are questions that are common when people are considering hurricane windows. The answer to the questions above though are: It depends on where you live and no.
Hurricane windows are not necessary (although they are highly recommended) in many areas along the East and Gulf Coasts, but in some areas they are required by code. In much of coastal Florida, hurricane windows are required by law in any new construction project due to the frequency of tropical weather events and the extreme damage they can cause.
As for whether plywood and storm shutters accomplish the same thing, the answer is not exactly. While both storm shutters and plywood give your home added protection during storms, impact resistant hurricane windows can provide better protection. Wind can get behind storm shutters and plywood, ripping it off and exposing your property to high winds and flying debris. If this occurs, and your windows are broken, the envelope of your home is compromised, allowing for the possibility of far more significant structural damage.
Impact resistant hurricane windows on the other hand, are screwed directly into the home's structure, giving the windows added strength that most storm shutters and plywood simply cannot match.
Hurricane Windows By Weather Shield
Our hurricane impact windows, the LifeGuard® line, offer superior protection in hurricane or other high wind conditions. Our LifeGuard® windows come in many of the same styles as our traditional windows, meaning your home can maintain a traditional look with the added benefit and safety of insulated impact resistant windows.
If you live in a hurricane prone area, installing impact windows is not only a wise financial investment but also an investment in the safety of yourself, your family members or your employees. In some areas, it may even be a code requirement.
If you live along the U.S. Gulf Coast or Atlantic seaboard, consider Weather Shield LifeGuard® impact windows for your home or business. To learn more, contact us directly, or find a local Weather Shield dealer.
Impact Resistant Window Code
Our impact resistant windows meet the strictest window codes in the U.S. – found in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade Building Code requires that every exterior opening be safeguarded against debris common in high wind situations. Our impact resistant windows provide continuous protection from wind born debris. Although there are several options out there for protecting the window openings in your home, our impact resistant windows offer superior protection. Since our impact resistant hurricane windows are built into the frame of your home or business, it is much more difficult for the wind to get behind them and pull them off the structure; a common problem with shutters or plywood.
Impact / Hurricane Window Installation
If you are looking for impact window installation for your home or business or would like to learn more about window and door installation, contact us directly, or find a Weather Shield dealer near you! Our window and door dealers are fully trained and provide high-quality installation to complement and enhance our premium window and door selection.