Hurricane Windows and Protection
With the imminent threat of Hurricane Irene up and down the East Coast, as homeowners, we may want to look at how well protected our homes are for a hurricane threat. Hurricane protection is the ‘norm’ in the Gulf States and Florida. But because there hasn’t been a hurricane threat along the eastern seaboard for decades, hurricane codes are loose and largely go unenforced. This hurricane season is about to change all of this.
Unfortunately, we are not even to the ‘peak’ of the hurricane season so we may have more threats. Different questions abound about hurricane windows, shutters, and even plywood. For many states, tacking up plywood does not meet the code for hurricane protection, but when you are faced with having nothing, plywood is just that ‘better than nothing.’ Hurricane shutters offer protection against hurricanes, but the aesthetics, the cost, and sometimes the storage, just doesn’t make sense for many of us.
Hurricane Windows have really proven to be the best alternative for many different reasons. Some of the benefits are:
1) Lets natural light in 2) Easy exit if necessary 3) Hurricane Ready all of the time 4) No extra help needed to shutter or board up 5) Energy Efficiency 6) Safety and Security at all time
Why is natural light important? One of the first things to go out in a hurricane is the electricity. If you are all boarded or shuttered up, you can’t see. But if you have hurricane windows, that natural light is allowed to come in. Also, with hurricane windows and doors, you can easily exit your home if needed. On top of this, there is nothing special you need to do to activate your hurricane protection when you have hurricane windows. The protection is always on and always ready. This also means you don’t need to use storm shutters or plywood for protection. Many hurricane windows are Energy Star qualified as well. And finally, many hurricane windows offer increased safety and security. Check out this link, www.hurricane-window.com for more information.
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