Every once in a few years, places such as Louisiana and Florida are faced with a hurricane that lashes out with win speeds in excess of 150 mph. These wind speeds and storm tides can batter houses and buildings. Civil engineers have been experimenting with designs that can absorb or deflect the energies of these furious winds. A building designed to withstand category four and five hurricanes can provide shelter to people who may not have had the time to reach higher ground.
Considerations when building a hurricane-proof house include resistance to storm surges, resistance to wind, shape of the house, location of the house, building components, materials used.
If fifteen to eighteen feet high storm surges reach the ground or first floor of a building, they can quickly batter the building down and if the foundation is shallow or on sandy ground, the building will collapse. Walls made of materials such as sheetrock will disintegrate quickly. Ideally the building should be elevated on steel or concrete beams and should be attached to solid rock.
Winds attacking the roof of a building can take off with the roof if it is not firmly attached to the foundation through the walls. If the roofing goes, the entire building can fail very quickly. Hurricane harness strapping should be applied to the roof during the storm season and removed afterwards.
An underground cave or a bunker is the best way to wait out a hurricane if you are on high ground away from the storm surge.
A geodesic roof made of wood or concrete offers better resistance to hurricane winds as compared to a square roof. Hurricane shutters play an important role in keeping the winds out. Doors and windows are the usual failure points that succumb to the winds. If the winds enter the house then they can blow the roof off inside a minute. Use appropriate shutters to keep the doors and windows secure.
Hurricane-proof buildings should comply with building codes for the area. See if you can get the doors to be retro-fitted for extra bracing power. An important thing to remember is that doors and windows should open outwards. The windows should have shatter-proof glass or plastic panes. Use aluminum shutters to protect the panes.
If wood can be protected from insects and rot then its flexibility is an advantage in hurricane–prone areas. Reinforced concrete can take a lot of battering and offer safety against high winds and even the waves.
Alan R. - February 2017 - Montague, Michigan Michael, this is Alan from Michigan we ordered 3 Rolling Shutters from you late last year. We just installed them and the customer is very happy. Thank you, the quality of your shutters and ease of install made it enjoyable to use your product.
Bob O. - January 2017 - North Fort Myers, Florida I received the Accordion Shutter delivery this evening.... No damage... How could there be any damage!!!!!? You packed the units so professionally!!!!!!! It is a shame other companies do not pack their stuff as well. Well done to the staff..... Wishing you all the best.
John C. - December 2016 - Port St. Lucie, Florida The Accordion Shutters went in so easy. OUrTown inspector passed them. No problems. The installation was a breeze. We love our new shutters and you can use us as a reference.Best regards.. John
Dan F. - November 2016 - Scituate, Massachusetts The Accordion Shutter is up and great. Very easy to install. I love it! Thank you.
Ray W. - October 2016 - La Porte, California I just wanted to thank you. We installed the five shutters this weekend and LOVE them! The quality is better than I had expected and the fit and Finish was perfect. You will be hearing from more cabin owners here in the LaPorte CA area once they see these. I have attached a photo of one of the windows, the two tone was a nice touch. Again thank you!
Victor B. - September 2016 - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida The Accordion Shutters turned out great, passed inspection with compliments from the building inspector and the homeowner. Thank you.
Gary S. - August 2016 - Port St. Joe, Florida The Bahama Shutters arrived safely Tuesday and they’re all ready installed. Thank you and I’m looking forward to working with you in the future for the new home I plan to build on some new property I just purchased. Thanks again.
Joel P. - July 2016 - Cedar Key, Florida
The Bahama Shutters look great. I was concerned that they would be diffucult to put up but it was easy. Your product is high quality and beautiful! People in my neighborhood are asking me where to get them. I will gladly be recommending your company to them and placing an order for the rest of my house soon. Thanks for a wonderful product!!
Michael M. - June 2016 - Merritt Island, Florida Good Afternoon. I just wanted to show you photos of my back service door shutter on my garage that I just finished installing. Because my job requires me traveling, I will not be able to do the (3) front windows for a little while later.Also without bothering him again, I wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU to Bill for his help & knowledge in guiding & educating me through this installation. I did as he told me to do and the results came out as he said that they would. Yessssssssssss Thank you again
Thaddeus S. - April 2016 - Nassau, Bahamas You all did an excellent job on my accordion shutters. They went together like a simple puzzle. I will be recommending you to my family members!
Doreen J – March 2016 – Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Hello I love my hurricane shutters and I also sent a picture. I will give other people your address as well.Thanks for everything. Jessica H. – February 2016 – Jacksonville Beach, Florida We looooooooooooooooooooooooove our shutters! I am so grateful you helped me with the measurements! They look amazing! Thanks again!
Fred M. – January 2016 – Corpus Christi, Texas Good morning. We got the rolling shutters and everything went well with the installation. I'd like to add them to my web page and market these. I was wondering if you could send me something, like a link and whatever i could use to link to my webpage? Anything would help.
Tom W. - December - 2015 - Coos Bay, Oregon I just wanted to let you know that your Rolling Shutters are fantastic. So far they have held up well against a very punishing Oregon coast weather that our beach gets hammered with in the winter. There is so much sand shifting that we actually have to own a Bobcat to move sand all winter long. If you want atestimonialjust ask a few of us that have your shutters.
Louis E. - October - 2015 - Alliquippa, Pennsylvania "I have installed the shutters on my OLD house in Pennsylvania, And I was very impressed with the quality of the Bahama Shutters,,Heavy Aluminum Powder coated finish...I won't have to get up there and every Paint these again.. Also I can leave the window open during a rain and not have to worry about the rain getting the house.. And the best thing the house stays nice and cool with out The Air Conditioner running.. I Love them.."
Brian M. - September - 2015 - Gulf Shores, Alabama Michael, I wanted to thank you for all the time and information you gave me on the phone today regarding hurricane shutters for this project on the Gulf coast. Your expertise was evident and customer service excellent! As a licensed contractor myself, it is a pleasure doing business with a company such as yours. Keep up the great job!
Bill C. - August - 2015 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Thank you for very good service. It is much appreciated!
David C. - July - 2015 - Maui, Hawaii The Bahama Shutters have been received; just in time for our first storm.... Thanks to you, I am READY!!!
Mahalo & Aloha
Gary F. - April - 2015 - San Clemente, California Just a note to thank all at Hurricane Shutters for a wonderful job. From start to finish your team was there to help guide me and delivered what you promised.
Soams S. - February - 2015 - Orange Park, Florida Wow!! My Bahama Shutters are very nice looking. I really like the shutter contrast color with my house!Thanks to all your crew for all the hard work on my behalf. Your assistance and product are outstanding. I love the shutters.Thanks again for your great product support. I will send pictures soon. Please feel free to use me as a reference.
Patrick R. - January - 2015 - Long Island, New York I Just had my Rolling Shutters installed (on 5 sliders) yesterday on our oceanfront beach house in New York where they will provide protection from Noreasters' and hurricanes. In addidtion, they will provide a solid measure of security! Thank you all at Empire for a job well done!