Residents of Florida are drawn here because of our state’s picturesque landscape, close proximity to the water and temperate climate. And while living in a tropical paradise is enjoyable most of the time, one thing that Florida residents do have to worry about is hurricanes, which can cause terrible damage to properties that have not been adequately hurricane-proofed. This month, we thought we’d provide you with a list of the 3 most hurricane-prone cities in the state of Florida, based on data from NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division:
1) Miami, FL: Each year, the city of Miami runs a 16% chance that it will be hit by a large hurricane. With the Atlantic Ocean located directly to its east and a maximum elevation of only 42 feet above sea-level, the geographic location of the city of Miami opens it up to severe weather damage. This is not helped by the fact that the majority of Miami’s dense population lives within 20 miles of the coastline. In fact, Miami is due for a major hurricane; this is something that residents should be aware of when renovating or building their homes.
2) Key West, FL: Many of the qualities that make Key West such an appealingly remote place to live also make it a target for major hurricanes, which can either brush past the city or hit it head-on. Like Miami, Key West is 16% likely to be struck by a hurricane each year, but since its maximum elevation is a mere 18 feet, Key West is also at a very high risk for heavy flooding and powerful storm surges, both of which are extremely dangerous situations. Additionally, Key West’s remote location makes evacuating its residents difficult, so any visitors to Key West should educate themselves about how to get off the island in case of weather-related emergency.
3) Tampa, FL: Last on our list is another big city in Florida: Tampa. In any given year, there is an 11% statistical likelihood that Tampa will be hit by a major hurricane, which is still a substantial number. Like Miami, Tampa is very densely populated, and a significant portion of its residents live by the coast. The fact that the city of Tampa is located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico means that the city is exposed to two different potential sources of hurricanes. Furthermore, the shallow depth of Tampa Bay increases the chance that an extreme weather event, like a hurricane, will cause massive flooding, resulting in tremendous damages to any non-reinforced property in the flood’s path.
Of course, there are pros and cons to living anywhere, and with proper hurricane-proofing, you can protect your house from the water damage and damage caused by flying debris that hurricanes are known to cause (especially in the 3 cities we just talked about). Please reach out to Paradise Exteriors if you’re interested in hurricane-proofing your home – trust us, you’ll be glad you did!
The Best Way to Hurricane Proof Your Home? Upgrading Your Windows, Doors, and Roofing System
Hurricane Impact Windows
Hurricane impact windows, as the name suggests, are specifically designed to withstand the forceful winds and flying debris that accompany hurricanes. These specialized windows are constructed using layers of laminated glass, held together with a strong and transparent interlayer material. This composition not only enhances the structural integrity of the windows but also provides numerous benefits to homeowners who choose to invest in this upgrade.
One of the primary advantages of installing hurricane impact windows in a home is the improved protection against severe weather. These windows are built to endure the high-velocity winds, pelting rain, and airborne debris that hurricanes bring, effectively reducing the risk of damage to the property. By maintaining their integrity during such extreme conditions, these windows help to preserve the home’s structural stability and prevent potentially devastating breaches.
In addition to their exceptional durability, hurricane impact windows also offer enhanced energy efficiency. The insulating properties of the laminated glass help to reduce heat transfer, leading to a more comfortable living environment and lower energy bills. Homeowners can enjoy a pleasant indoor climate all year round while contributing to a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.
Safety is another key benefit of these windows, as the robust construction and laminated glass make them highly resistant to break-ins and forced entry attempts. This added layer of security provides homeowners with peace of mind, knowing that their loved ones and valuables are well-protected.
Noise reduction is yet another advantage of installing hurricane impact windows. Thanks to the thick, laminated glass and airtight seals, these windows effectively minimize external noise, creating a quieter and more serene living space. This can be especially beneficial for homes situated near busy streets or other sources of noise pollution.
Finally, and not something to be overlooked in Florida, these windows can be custom-sized and styled to your home’s existing openings. Whether you want to maintain the original look of your home or need to comply with local HOA guidelines, you can do without any new construction or extensive renovation.
Hurricane Impact Doors
Hurricane impact doors, much like their window counterparts, are specifically engineered to withstand the harsh conditions that accompany hurricanes and severe storms. These robust doors are constructed using reinforced materials, such as laminated glass or high-impact fiberglass, combined with a sturdy frame. The installation of hurricane impact doors offers homeowners a multitude of benefits, making them a valuable addition to any property.
Hurricane-Rated Roofing Systems
GAF, a leading manufacturer of roofing materials, offers hurricane-rated roofing systems that are specifically engineered to withstand the rigors of hurricanes and severe storms. These high-quality roofing systems are constructed using durable materials, innovative design, and advanced installation techniques.
Durability is a key feature of GAF’s hurricane-rated roofing systems. Manufactured with high-quality materials and designed for long-lasting performance, these systems are built to endure the test of time. This resilience translates to reduced maintenance costs and a longer lifespan for the roof, providing homeowners with a cost-effective solution for their roofing needs.
Get Complete Protection for Your South Florida Home
At Paradise Exteriors, we proudly serve South Florida as both a GAF Master Elite Contractor and the exclusive installer of Paradise Platinum hurricane impact windows. We help you ensure that your home remains constantly protected in its most vulnerable areas through any and all weather conditions.
To learn more, contact us today to schedule your Free Quote.