This is the start of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which means it’s time to take a “top down” look at your home.
Even those homeowners not living directly on the coast should be prepared for hurricane conditions. The dynamic Hurricane Sandy in 2012 affected 24 states with strong winds, flying debris and massive flooding.
“Now is the time to carefully evaluate your home’s exterior,” says Mark Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and a professional contractor. “Never assume that the roof, windows, doors or garage doors that held up well during previous storms will again be able to handle severe weather conditions.
“Repeated exposure to strong weather can take a toll on the home. Always review and evaluate the effectiveness of the entire home ‘envelope’ each year at the beginning of the hurricane season.
“Start at the top of your home and evaluate the condition of your roof, then work down to your windows, entry doors and garage doors. These are the four most critical areas of the home during hurricane season because if any one of these areas is compromised, then wind and pressure can enter the home with devastating results.”
Clement suggests homeowners get impact-resistant glass packages in windows for homes both in direct coastal locations and further inland.
“Impact-resistant glass packages do so much more than protect a home from severe weather,” says Clement. “Impact-resistant glass --- like that found in Simonton StormBreaker Plus® windows and in the Simonton ProFinish® Brickmould 600 SafePoint™ glass package --- helps reduce outside noise from entering the home, are extremely energy efficient and also help prevent intruders from breaking the glass and entering the home.”*
Constructed of remarkably sturdy reinforced vinyl profiles, Simonton products with impact-resistant glass help withstand high winds and flying debris without the need for plywood or shutters. Approved to the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) certification standards through the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Florida Building Commission (FBC) StormBreaker Plus windows and doors are tested in compliance with the windborne debris standards adopted in the International Residential Building Code, and the Florida Building code.
This ensures that they can be used in all regions of the country that have building code requirements for impact-resistant products. This includes the Florida coast, the Gulf of Mexico coast and the east coast, and is recognized by the Texas Department of Insurance windstorm inspection program. Products with SafePoint glass have passed ASTM E1886-05/1996-09 at the Missile “C” level and can withstand repeated blows by a heavy object.
“If you’ve been through severe weather in the last 12 months, make sure to check the seals on your windows and doors along with the frames,” says Clement. “While these products may have held up well previously, you want to make certain that frames are not cracked or the units are not compromised in any way before we launch into the 2013 Hurricane Season.”
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*SafePoint laminated glass has an impact-resistant interlayer that can withstand repeated blows by a heavy object. SafePoint glass complements alarm systems and deadbolts for even greater security. With a Sound Transmission Rating (STC) of 32 – 36, SafePoint glass dramatically reduces unwanted noise infiltration.