Retrofitting Your Home for Hurricane Protection – part one
The key to hurricane protection is to block all entry points for the hurricane wind into your house. Also the exterior of your house should be strengthened so that the hurricane winds and wind debris do not create cracks in the exterior. This means that you may have to retrofit and strengthen the roof, windows, doors, and garage doors.
You should factor retrofitting your home for hurricanes anytime you are getting a home-improvement job done. Ensure that whatever additions you have in mind conform to the local building code. Compliance with codes is essential as they mean that your house is up-to-date with the latest safety measures that experts have come up with from past experience.
Any construction on an open ground or within 2000 feet of an open expanse of water is at greater risk from hurricane winds and the subsequent damage. Tree limbs, pebbles, dirt, parts from mobile homes, carports, awnings, etc can create openings that can let in wind and water into your house. These and similar items can become wind borne and damage your roof and windows.
The first step to retrofitting a house for hurricane protection is to check what retrofitting, if at all, is required. Get an architect or civil engineer to run a check on your house to find out any potentially weak spots that need to be reinforced. See what is required, do you need hardware to strengthen the doors or do you need to secure the patio. Is the garage door sturdy enough to withstand hurricane winds? Get roofing professional to determine any repairs that may be required. Do tiles need replacing? Are the roofing boards secured to the trusses?
Get in touch with your local building department for maximum understanding on how to best go about a retrofitting project. They may also be able to guide you to contractors who have a reputation for retrofitting at reasonable rates. The local building authorities will also help you get a building permit should one be required for carrying out a retrofitting project.
Sooner or later your roofing will give way; patchwork and temporary repairs may help you for a season or two but ultimately you may have to consider replacing the roof. Check your roof for leaks, light creeping through cracks, discolored paint, peeling wallpaper, cracks in the gypsum boards. These are signs that the roof needs repairs. Asphalt shingles need to be replaced after around 15 years; you may have to replace them early if you live in a region with high winds and hot sun.
Just want to say I'm very pleased with the shutters I installed just a week before hurricane Irma and they performed very well. All the parts were cut just right and all the hardware that was included was enough for the job.
James F. - September - 2017 - Nassau, Bahamas
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John C. - July 2017 - Hampstead, North Carolina I want to thank you for the excellent service and high quality of the shutters that I received last year.
They more than met my expectations. Especially, their fit, ease of installation, and beauty were exceptional.
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Steve R. - April 2017 - Wellington, Florida Thanks for delivering the Storm Panels on Friday. The shutters work great and were very easy to install!
Mark M. - March 2017 - Stuart, Floirida
I am very happy with quality, design, function and especially the staff. Made the project go perfectly. My son and I hung all three Saturday morning in about two hours. He’s a glazier with Last Chance Glass and he said he thought it was excellent workmanship.
Thank you so much.
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.
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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!