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Hurricane Protections for you South Florida Home

Most South Florida residents have already begun to create lists and prepare for the annual hurricane season, that seems to be arriving earlier each year. The first named tropical storm of 2021 formed on May 22, a full week before the traditional beginning of hurricane season on June 1. There are a number of actions that individuals can take to help protect their homes and businesses, including the following.

Impact Windows

Unlike traditional window glass, impact windows are hurricane-rated. They’re impact-resistant and won’t break when an impact occurs. The glass is constructed in much the same way as auto safety glass. If a strong enough impact occurs, the glass will splinter, but it won’t fall out of the frame. That means secondary damage caused by rain entering a home or business won’t occur.

You don’t have to worry about storing shutters or plywood, or trying to hire someone long distance to put up protection if you’re traveling. The windows utilize energy-saving technology, use eco-friendly materials, and casements can withstand corrosive saltwater.

Impact Doors

You can choose from impact doors constructed of vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum, each with its own level of protection. The doors can be equipped with impact window glass. You can select from standard door configurations and sliders to French doors. Specialty doors are also available such as those that pivot.

Superior Protection

Impact windows and doors are available in multiple shapes, sizes and styles. They represent the best protection available against hurricanes and even “ordinary” coastal storms that can spring up suddenly and transition into much stronger flareups. The products have been extensively tested and meet the most stringent building code requirements for coastal areas.

Another benefit of installing impact windows and doors as hurricane protection is that they can also net you savings on your insurance premiums. Many insurance companies will provide discounts on policy premiums if you’ve installed the windows and doors.

As Palm Beach County’s Premier Impact Window and Door Supplier, we’ve been providing Commercial and Residential impact windows and doors to South Florida’s business owners and residents for years.  Our impact windows and doors are designed and tested to meet the most stringent of building codes (coastal). Our impact windows and doors come in multiple styles and design flexibility options while continually maintaining your home’s structural integrity. That’s the MPACT Windows and Doors Difference!
 

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Hurricane Prep is not all About the Windows

The time to prepare for a hurricane is before one of the storms is imminent. Most people automatically think of boarding up their windows or putting up storm shutters. However, there’s a variety of actions that should be taken to minimize the potential for destruction and they’re tasks most people don’t even consider.

Healthy Plantings

Keeping trees and bushes trimmed and in good condition lessens the chances of broken limbs that can become missiles in high winds. It also reduces the potential for uprooted trees that can damage homes, businesses, fences and vehicles.

Yard Debris

Cleanup in preparation for hurricane season is essential and that means removing any limbs, branches and leaf piles. When a hurricane is going to make landfall, remove any fruit from trees.

Trim Coconuts

Coconut palms are a common tree in Florida and falling fruits can be dangerous. It’s a good idea to have professionals routinely remove coconuts to prevent the possibility of injuring people or pets. Doing so as part of regular maintenance will prepare the trees for hurricane season, keep fruits from blowing off trees, and turning them into high-speed projectiles in the wind.

Roofs & Gutters

Check the roof for damaged roof tiles and those that need to be replaced in the Spring. Waiting until a hurricane is due to make landfall is too late and there won’t be time to have the roof repaired. The same is true for cleaning gutters. A DIY attempt can result in injuries. Clean gutters will ensure water flows freely and doesn’t back up under roofing tiles.

Toys & Furniture

Children’s outdoor toys, lawn furniture, trash cans and any other item that can be blown about in the strong winds of a hurricane should be moved into a garage or outbuilding that can be locked. Vehicles should be placed in the garage or a secure location.

As Palm Beach County’s Premier Impact Window and Door Supplier, we’ve been providing Commercial and Residential impact windows and doors to South Florida’s business owners and residents for years.  Our impact windows and doors are designed and tested to meet the most stringent of building codes (coastal). Our impact windows and doors come in multiple styles and design flexibility options while continually maintaining your home’s structural integrity. That’s the MPACT Windows and Doors Difference!
 

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7 Ways to Prepare your Home for Hurricane Season

Hurricanes present a significant risk for Florida residents. When one of the powerful storms is coming your way, it’s imperative that you take appropriate precautions to mitigate the potential for damage as much as possible. You’ll also need to prepare in the event that you must evacuate or shelter in place.

Planning

Create a plan for every contingency to provide you with a check list of actions to take. Decide on a meeting place for every family member and ensure that everyone has pertinent numbers in their phone. If you have pets, don’t forget to plan for their evacuation if you must leave your home – they’re family, too.

Preserving Valuables

Have a copy of relevant documents and/or photos of artwork, weapons, collections and other valuables in a waterproof container if you must evacuate. Documents can be scanned and placed on a USB flash drive for convenience.

Power Play

Fill your vehicle’s gas tank, charge your phone, and unplug appliances. Test generators to ensure its working and you have fuel. Move vehicles to higher ground or park them in a garage. Never park vehicles under powerlines, trees or in low-lying areas.

Secure the Property

Even small objects can become destructive missiles in the winds of a hurricane. Make sure toys, kiddie pools, garden sculptures, grills and lawn furniture are stored in a garage or outbuilding that can be securely latched. Install impact windows, storm shutters, or cover windows with plywood. If it’s not possible to surround the house with sandbags, at least try to place them around doors and other openings.

Keep Plantings Groomed

Make sure your plantings are prepared. Have dead, damaged or diseased limbs removed. If you have palm trees, have a professional tree service remove any applicable fronds or fruit.

Sheltering in Place

If you must shelter in place, choose a room on the first floor located in the center of the house. Avoid doors and unprotected windows. Be sure to bring your pets into the safe room with you. If you must stay in your home for several days until the storm passes, make sure you have a supply of water and non-perishable food items. Don’t forget a can opener, eating utensils and pet dishes.

Emergency Kit

Keep a fully-stocked emergency kit – including flashlights – for home use or to take with you if you must evacuate. Keeping one in your vehicles is also advisable. Accidents and injuries are a common occurrence during a hurricane.

As Palm Beach County’s Premier Impact Window and Door Supplier, we’ve been providing Commercial and Residential impact windows and doors to South Florida’s business owners and residents for years.  Our impact windows and doors are designed and tested to meet the most stringent of building codes (coastal). Our impact windows and doors come in multiple styles and design flexibility options while continually maintaining your home’s structural integrity. That’s the MPACT Windows and Doors Difference!
 

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Necessary Hurricane Protections for your Home

The first reaction for many people is panic when they discover a hurricane is coming and they go into a frenzy of activity trying to prepare their home. There are some precautions and preparations you can make to make the process easier and protect your home, even if you have to evacuate.

Windows and Doors

The glass in windows and doors will be the first to be damaged in high winds. Storm shutters should be put up or plywood nailed in place. Another option is the installation of impact resistant glass that resists breakage during impacts. It’s a good idea to keep the appropriate pieces of plywood on hand as a precaution. When a hurricane is imminent, plywood may be in short supply as people converge on stores to purchase it.

Sandbags

Flooding is a major issue during a hurricane due to torrential rains and storm surges. Sandbag stations are typically set up throughout communities and the filled bags should be placed around doors and the perimeter of your home if you have enough to do so. Doors and basement windows will be a primary entryway for stormwater that enters the home.

Secure the Yard

Any item left unsecured in a yard can turn into a dangerous projectile in a hurricane’s high winds. Place children’s toys, lawn furniture, trash containers and other moveable items in a garage or other structure that can be securely closed.

Vegetation Management

Don’t wait until a hurricane is on the horizon to take care of lawn maintenance. That includes trimming dead or damaged limbs and branches, removing dead trees, and having any fruits removed from palm trees. Dead or diseased branches can break off and do a considerable amount of damage to your home and the abodes of others.

Monitoring Systems

From security systems to carbon monoxide detectors, homes are equipped with a variety of monitoring systems. If you have to evacuate, it’s a good idea to notify the appropriate parties so they know the reason if an alarm goes off. Conversely, power loss will result in the system being inoperative. Carbon monoxide monitors are especially important if you’re sheltering in place and using a generator to power systems.

Inventories and Documents

Everyone should keep an inventory of their valuables in the event of an emergency. That can include jewelry, paintings, electronics and even weapons. Photograph valuables, scan pertinent documents such as insurance policies and vehicle registrations and save it all on a flash drive in a waterproof container. If you need to evacuate, you’ll still have the valuable documents and inventories, even if the originals are destroyed.

As Palm Beach County’s Premier Impact Window and Door Supplier, we’ve been providing Commercial and Residential impact windows and doors to South Florida’s business owners and residents for years.  Our impact windows and doors are designed and tested to meet the most stringent of building codes (coastal). Our impact windows and doors come in multiple styles and design flexibility options while continually maintaining your home’s structural integrity. That’s the MPACT Windows and Doors Difference!
 

Hurricane Protection, Beauty, and Integrity…

Call Us Today For a Free Estimate 561-909-8055