Is your home hurricane-proof? Hurricane season occurs between June 1 and November 30, when hurricane activity is most intense and frequent in the State of Florida. If you own a home in this state, you’ll want to ensure that it is ready for the next big storm.
However, just because Florida has a dedicated season to hurricanes does not mean other times of the year are storm-free. Florida experiences more hurricanes than nearly any other state. If you live in Florida and are concerned about hurricane-proofing your home, here are some essential features that you won’t want to miss out on.
Upgrade Your Windows to Hurricane Impact Windows
Hurricane impact windows are the best option for keeping your home safe and secure. They are easy to install, look good, and provide additional home security. They are a great way to protect your home from hurricanes and other severe weather.
Typically, these windows are made from vinyl or aluminum frames, tempered exterior glass, and durable interior glass. The glass is tested to ensure that it resists water, air infiltration, and structural load stresses during large missile impact testing.
Hurricane windows are installed in the same way as regular windows. If you are interested in upgrading your current windows to impact windows, the first thing you should do is get an estimate and consultation from an experienced company.
Experienced service technicians will assess your home and let you know what kind of work will be required for the installation. Then, they will measure the opening for each window that needs to be replaced in preparation for the installation.
If your local homeowner’s association requires you to have HOA approval before installing hurricane windows, then ensure you’ve obtained it before moving forward with this project. You may also need building department permitting or licensing depending on where you live and what work needs to be done.
Once installation day arrives, the service techs will remove your old windows and install the new ones. Afterward, they will inspect everything thoroughly before leaving your property—and then? You get some great new hurricane-proof windows!
Depending on the style of your home and your taste, many styles of windows are available, including double-hung windows, casement windows, single-hung windows, and horizontal sliding windows. Awning and picture windows are also available for those who do not want to sacrifice their beautiful views.
Don’t Forget Impact-Resistant Doors
Hurricane impact-resistant doors are another important part of any home security system. If you are looking for an investment in your home that will pay off many times over, a hurricane impact-resistant door is it.
These doors can withstand winds up to 130 miles per hour and offer excellent protection against intruders and burglars. A door with this quality is a valuable investment in your family’s safety and peace of mind.
Cap Off Your Hurricane Proof Housing Efforts with Hurricane-Rated Roofing
A hurricane-proof roof is the final piece of the puzzle regarding protecting your home during a storm. With a hurricane-rated roof, you can rest assured that your home protection is in good hands. Here are some of the top features that come with a new roof:
Permanently Secured to the Home
Hurricane-rated roofs are designed to withstand intense wind forces, so they’re permanently secured to the home with steel fasteners or concrete anchors. This means no preparation before a storm—the roof will be ready when you need it most.
No Setup or Teardown Required
Hurricane-rated roofs do not need to be removed before storms because they are designed to resist heavy debris impacts and protect against water intrusion even during high winds and rain.
Designed to Withstand Intense Wind Forces
In addition to being securely attached, hurricane-rated roofs have an extra layer of protection from wind damage thanks to their design. The materials used in these roofs are specifically chosen for their ability.
Choosing a roof for your home is an important decision. It’s the first line of defense against extreme weather, so it’s important to ensure you have the right one.
The roof should be able to withstand winds up to 200 mph, and it should be able to withstand heavy impact from debris and falling trees. It should also provide:
- Improved fire protection (to help your home withstand fires caused by lightning).
- Algae resistance (so algae doesn’t grow on your roof).
- Tighter seals around shingles (to prevent leaks).
- Stormwind resistance (to keep the wind from blowing off the roof).
You’ll also want to look at how many color options are available in the shingle style you choose—for example, if you’re looking at metal roofs, there may only be one or two colors available. You should also consider how long the warranty lasts and whether or not financing options are available.
Hurricane Proof Your Home with Paradise Exteriors
If you’re looking for hurricane-proof housing, you must ensure that your windows are up to the task. There’s no better option than Paradise Exteriors. We are an exclusive installer of Paradise Platinum Windows: the only hurricane impact windows to win multiple Energy Star Awards and receive an endorsement from the National Crime Prevention Council.
Beyond storm protection, we also provide superior energy efficiency – saving as much as 31% on electricity costs. We’re a GAF Roofing Systems Master Elite Contractor – only 2% of roofing companies in the world hold this distinction.
To learn more about our superior hurricane protection solutions and generous financing and warranty options, contact us today for a free estimate.