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Tampa Hurricane Shutters – Because Your Property Needs Protection

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Hurricane Shutters Florida provides homes and commercial properties in the Tampa Bay area with hurricane protection. We stock shutter solutions that will not only protect life and property but also ensure that your insurance terms are not voided.

Fortify your Tampa properties with rolling shutters, accordion shutters, storm panels, clear panels, Bahama shutters, or colonial shutters. Choose cost effective solutions from our online store, compare prices, and avail the best deals. The shutters are guaranteed to meet or exceed the shutter codes of your county.

Storm panels are the most inexpensive shutter type that you can hope for, unless you plan on knocking plywood boards over the windows but that’s no guarantee of safety against storm winds and flying debris. It’s a shortcut you want to avoid. Storm panels are made of either steel or aluminum. Corrugated and overlapping, these shutters are very robust. They are also removable so that if you want your beautiful windows and walls with trim to be seen, then these shutters are a great choice. As with all shutters, these are best installed during the construction of a house. You need more than one person to put up these shutters.

If you want to avoid the hassle of removing and reinstalling shutters then opt for accordion shutters. Once put, they stay put. These shutters can also be locked with a key and thereby provide an additional level of deterrence to thieves. Aesthetics may not be a strong point with accordion shutters, but they score in terms of easy installation and maintenance. You can get your house storm-ready in less than 30 minutes.

Want something decorative to protect Tampa Bay commercial properties from hurricanes? Then consider Colonial shutters. They look good and do the job. Hurricane Shutters Florida is the most respected online shop for quality hurricane shutters. Check out our store and compare quotes using our free quotes tool.

Jacksonville Hurricane Shutters for Storm Safety

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Residents and businesses in Jacksonville are vulnerable to hurricanes and the devastation they bring. Hurricane Matthew brought home the message in no uncertain terms. Even though the storm did not turn into a category 4 storm, it caused enough damage in Duval County to remind people that there is no alternative to hurricane shutters.

Rolling shutters are an excellent choice for Jacksonville residents because they can be rolled up and down quickly, are easy to use, and are available in different slat sizes.

Rolling shutters are made from high quality aluminum and can withstand the impact of high winds and debris that would otherwise damage doors and windows. Jacksonville hurricane shutters shutters can be operated with a manual crank for easy working or can be worked with an electric motor for years to come. These shutters are durable and will offer service with minimal servicing.

Rolling shutters that you will get through Hurricane Shutters Florida are your best bet for protection that extends beyond storm weather protection. These shutters afford excellent privacy and also protect from wind, sun, and heat. They are housed in a discreet, small box and will blend into your construction’s architecture. A battery-operated system ensures that your Jacksonville property remains safe even in the event of a power outage.

Get a free quote right now for roll down shutters that are proudly manufactured in the United States of America.

Miami Accordion Shutters – The Best Choice for Easy Use and Durability

Monday, October 10th, 2016

While Miami and counties close by may have escaped the fury of Hurricane Matthew, the event brought to light the poor state of preparedness of many residents with respect to hurricanes. If you’re a resident of Miami city or surrounding areas, you cannot ignore the warnings that nature is sending your way. You have a responsibility to the lives of your loved ones and to protect the property that you have painstakingly created.

Miami accordion shutters that you can find on Hurricane Shutters Florida are easy to operate and provide exemplary protection from hurricanes and theft. They are a cost-effective alternative and are made from aluminum, steel, or Lexan.

Miami accordion shutters use nylon rollers and can be secured from inside the house or outside. They close over the door or window smoothly, and when closed, they are easily stacked on the sides. If you wish to protect a large opening such as a balcony, patio, storefront, or a garage door in your Miami property, then accordion shutters are the way to go. Extruded aluminum used for the shutters is at least of 0.125-inch thickness. It is coated with an acrylic enamel to protect it from the elements and stave off pitting and corrosion.

These aluminum shutters can be easily opened and closed. They do not have any removable parts and do not require storage. They require very little space and when opened, the blades occupy around one inch space for every foot covered.

Hurricane Season Preparation in Florida – Lessons Learnt from Hermine

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Hermine was the first hurricane to hit the state of Florida in a really long time. The hurricane made landfall in the Big Bend region on 2 September. It was characterized by 80-mph winds. Communities along the coast had to evacuate and many areas had to live without power for as long as a week. Before the hurricane season begins, you must make sure that you are aware of the evacuation routes, have a hurricane shutter installed, if you already have a shutter installed then ensure that it is in proper working condition, stock yourself with supplies, have a first aid kit handy, keep a stock of batteries and flashlights, ensure that your car is running and fueled up, and have spare dry clothing.

When a watch or hurricane warning is issued, you must immediately move to higher ground. Shutter your property, and secure any objects lying outside or move them in. Once you have weathered the storm, do not venture out. There will be debris and also broken electricity cables and wires. Wait for the floodwaters to recede. Maintain hygiene.

Ensure availability of clean drinking water. Of all the precautions and steps listed here, the most important one is to have hurricane shutters installed. Hurricane shutters stand between fierce winds and rain on one hand and extensive property damage and loss of life on the other. Glass doors and windows can break easily during a storm. Hurricane shutters protect them. The same holds true for garage doors. In the past, Hurricane Andrew caused extensive damage to unprotected garage doors. Your best bet with shutters is to choose ones that are easily installed, are affordable, and provide protection.

The weight you accord to these attributes will depend on your requirement. In an area that is exposed to heavy winds and rain, you need a sturdy shutter. If you live in a multistory house or are feeble, then you need shutters that can be managed remotely. Aluminum panels are a good alternative because they are not only easy to install but also very strong. But you need to check if they satisfy the building codes of your area.

It is worth remembering that whatever the kind of shutters you choose, they will be only as good as the installation. Make sure that experienced and qualified workmen install the shutters. The best hurricane shutters are those that are a part of the structure, and the best time to install shutters is when the house is being constructed. If that’s not possible, then get the shutters installed when the hurricane season is still some months away.

You’ll find that installers have more time during off season, and will be able to do a good job at your premises. Also, it’ll cost you less. Once, hurricane season arrives, you should check your shutters to ensure that they are working smoothly and lock correctly. Paneled shutters should be checked for any signs of warping or damage that could impact the structural integrity of these shutters.

If you stay in a condominium, your condominium association cannot stop you from installing shutters. Chapter 718 of Florida Statutes of the Condominium Act (1991) permits each board of administration to adopt specifications as to color, style, etc., but all specifications “shall comply with the applicable building code”. The Florida statutes further state “… a board shall not refuse to approve the installation or replacement of hurricane shutters conforming to the specifications adopted by the board.”

Hurricane Matthew Leaves Six Dead in Florida

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Hurricane Matthew, the 13th storm of the season, has moved away from Florida, but only after battering the east coast of the state. The hurricane has resulted in six fatalities and has left behind in its wake-uprooted trees, blown transformers, and flooding in coastal areas.

However, the state can consider itself lucky that the storm actually skirted Florida and did not make a landfall here. Instead, it moved to South Carolina. Erosion caused by the storm left huge tracts of the A1A missing in Daytona Beach. St Augustine reported heavy flooding, the storm surge brought several feet of seawater inland. Flagler and Duval counties reported massive power outages. More than 700,000 residents across the state faced a power blackout.

However, advance warnings of the approach of this hurricane were taken seriously by residents, and many boarded their doors and windows and headed for higher ground. Volusia seems to be the hardest hit in the state; things get worse as you go north.

Those properties that had installed hurricane shutters fared better. Storm panel shutters, accordion shutters, and roll down shutters are popular shutter types used in cities across Florida and if you own a beach-facing property or live in a coastal area, then you need to have such shutters installed to protect life and property.

Hurricane shutters Florida can protect your residential and commercial properties from storm and wind damage, water damage, flooded basements, wet floors, and also theft and vandalism in the aftermath of a hurricane.

Matthew arrived in the U.S after wreaking havoc in Haiti. Before this one, there was Hermine in September. Florida is no stranger to storms. It can go for years without one, but when they do arrive, it is only appropriate that we be prepared for them.

Points to keep in mind points to keep in mind for post-hurricane home renovation in Florida

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Hurricanes are a reality in Florida, and so is the damage when one lands in the coastal areas of the state. Rebuilding hurricane damaged constructions requires special skill and knowledge. If your home in Florida has been recently damaged by hurricane you need to read this article and imbibe the points so that can secure your property against future damage from storms.

It all begins with selecting the right renovation or rehabilitation contractor. Ask friends about their experiences with contractors and learn more about the ones they recommend.

How long has the contractor been serving the community? This is an important metric to test the kind of trust the contractor inspires. If he can give you references, that’s great.

Check if the contractor will be willing to build all damaged portions such that they confirm to the latest Florida post-hurricane home renovation codes in Florida.

The contractor should make use of hurricane straps and clips to keep the roof connected to the walls. Each level should be leveled to the level below, make sure that the bracing and truss tie-down points are lined properly. If the construction has more than just the ground floor then light gauge steel straps can be used to moor the first floor to the foundation.

Ensure that the contractor makes use of only rated bracing material when repairing damaged walls. Look up NAHB Research Center guidelines regarding the best practices concerning the use of lasting materials. The size of nails and nailing schedule has to be correct; lower number of nails on the roof sheathing has been found as one of reasons for roofs blowing off during hurricanes. Use ring-shank nails in areas where hurricane winds blow at speeds above 110 miles per hour. Hurricane shutters are an essential element to protect constructions from wind-borne debris and heavy rain. Choose shutters that comply with the state safety codes related to hurricane shutters.

Garage doors that stand true during a hurricane serve a valuable purpose; they protect property from severe damage. If the garage door fails, it opens up the path for heavy damaging winds and rain.

Look up the latest on disaster resistant technologies, and confirm that your chosen contractor is up to date on it as well.

Hurricane Shutters – Broward County Folks Should Install Them

Friday, August 26th, 2011

For the good folk of Broward County, hurricanes are a fact of life, they may not get a biggie for years but you don’t need a big one for branches to break, electric cables to snap, and general disruption of life to occur due to rains. In order to prevent your house from getting damaged you need hurricane shutters installed. But that is not sufficient, you need to have a plan for meeting the hurricane season head on.

To begin with, you and your family need to be on the same page when it comes to conducting oneself during the hurricane season. You have to know what to do and what not to do if evacuation orders are issued. Keep in touch with your insurance company to ask them about what to do so that you are on the right side of these organizations. Have a ration kit ready, you also need supplies for your pets, medical stuff, clean water, batteries, sources of light and such things that you may need if you have to go a day or two without food.

Do mock evacuation drills with family members, each person should carry adequate cash, phone numbers of one another, and ID proof. Your pets need to be properly tagged and their vaccination has to be up-to-date. If you stay in a low-lying area, then you run the risk of getting your vehicle damaged if you leave it behind. Park it upland so that it is out of the reach of storm waters should such a situation arise.

Emily And Eugene Wane but This Looks Like a Bumper Storm Season

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Hurricane Eugene has been downgraded to the level of a tropical storm and there are no longer and watches or warnings in effect with respect to this one. It has more or less fizzled out over the Pacific and there is no threat to land from it. It is presently located 935 miles west-southwest of the southern coast of Baja California and carries winds blowing at around 65 miles per hour. The downgrade is a bit of a fall for Eugene which for a brief period saw glory as a Category Four-Five hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale; five by the way is as high as you can go on this scale.

The Southeast coast of the country will not face a threat from Emily as the hurricane has been prevented from gathering momentum by the mountains of eastern Cuba. Yet, the National Hurricane Center in Miami states that this is going to be an active hurricane season with the waters of the Atlantic offering excellent conditions for hurricane development from August to October. Be prepared for between 14-19 storms and of these at least three could achieve strengths of three or higher. The remnants of Eugene may regroup but will not pose any danger to the South Carolina coastline.

A Category-Wise Attribute Comparison of Hurricanes

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Hurricanes are categorized on the Saffir-Simpson scale and ranked from 1 to 5. Let us take a quick look at how different hurricanes compare on parameters such as wind speed, storm surges, etc. The figures mentioned here allow meteorologists to take call on the extent of evacuation necessary and infrastructure preparation to be done.

  1. Category One – Wind speeds in the range of 74-95 mph. The storm surge is around 4-5 feet above normal. In such a hurricane, coastal roads may flood and unanchored mobile homes close to the shore may suffer damage.
  2. Category Two – These hurricanes can touch wind speeds in the range of 96-110 mph. The storm surges can rise up to 8 feet above normal. These hurricanes are intense enough to cause structural damage to some buildings. Evacuate low-lying areas because these flood as much as four hours before the arrival of the hurricane centers; what’s more road signs can get knocked off and you won’t know which way to go in poor weather. Moorings can snap and small boats can drift away.
  3. Category Three – These hurricanes can whip up speeds of up to 130 mph and lead to a storm surge that is as much as 12 feet above normal. Even large trees can get blown down. Low-lying areas can get inundated as much as five hours before the actual hurricane arrives. If the land from shore onward is low-lying, it can get flooded as much as eight miles inland. Debris from damaged homes and trees can batter other constructions. Wind, door, and roof damage occurs with near total destruction of small construction near the shores can occur.
  4. Category Four – Such hurricanes are not very common but when they do happen they arrive with wind speeds in the range of 131-155 mph. The storm surge arrives with a wall of water that can be as much as 18 feet high. Trees and shrubs are uprooted. Mobile homes are completely destroyed. Low lying areas are inundated and even areas that are up to six miles inland have to be evacuated to higher ground. Houses near the shore suffer serious structural damages.
  5. Category Five – These are the severest of all hurricanes and winds can touch an astonishing 249 mph. Even areas located as high as 15 feet above the sea level and as much as 500 yards away from the shore suffer serious structural damage. If an evacuation order is issued for such hurricanes, follow it. Because when a wall of storm water more that eighteen feet high comes rushing in; you want to be totally out of its path.

Wind Damage From Hurricanes

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Although damage from storm tides is the worst; fast winds originating in the sea contribute to almost all damage. They cause the water to pile up in the ocean and rush inwards as a huge wave. And on land they rush furiously with speeds of more than 100 mph. Their ability to devastate, cause damage, and grievous injury should never be underestimated. Furious winds can propel debris at great speeds. Even a 2 pound piece of wood rushing at you at 50 mph can be a rib-breaker. Wind therefore is one of the greatest threats to your life, property, and limbs. The Wind Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University states that you are safe behind concrete walls. This means that you need take care of the exits to outside areas. Use sturdy hurricane shutters, because once the gusts of winds enter your house, not only will there be a mess with household items there is a chance the winds might blow your roof off!

Simulated hurricane conditions in a lab environment have revealed that everything including drywall, fiberglass, wood-stud walls, and lightweight steel will fall apart when assailed by debris – everything except concrete. If you are living in an area where hurricane wind speeds can go above 100 mph then you need to do all you can to protect yourself. Use storm-resistant building materials for construction. Check out the effectiveness of the shotcrete technique for building storm-resistant homes. Stay at home if there is no evacuation warning; the aftermath of a hurricane can leave the roads and surrounding areas in a mess with broken boughs, gutters overflowing, glass, nails, tin, and other sharp items hidden under debris or ankle deep water. Polluted and contaminated water is a health hazard and debris is a safety hazard. Stay stocked with essentials that will help you go through the 3-4 days of inconvenience in the aftermath of a hurricane.