04 Mar Weathering the Storm Made Simple: Storm-Ready Coastal Impact Windows
With the hurricane season close on the heels of winter’s end, the turn of the weather doesn’t signal only the necessity for spring cleaning, but for storm readiness and preparation.
In particular, it’s of the utmost importance to protect your windows, which are rendered more vulnerable in the wake of wind-borne debris, heavy rain, and other such external forces.
Here’s what to keep in mind:
Storm Fact or Fiction?
When it comes to storm preparation one of the best ways to get ready is simply to educate yourself. Namely, it’s imperative that you tell fact from fiction with regard to safety strategies.
For example, a common window-related myth is that, by applying film and/or masking tape to your windows, you can further prevent storm-related damage. However, this is actually a dangerous myth.
“It’s dangerous to apply masking tape, duct tape and/or window film on windows or glass doors in preparation for a hurricane because it can create larger and deadlier shards of glass when broken,” as explained by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®.
Other dangerous myths include:
- Cracking windows during the onslaught of a tropical system to even out the indoor air pressure
- Only boarding up windows that face bodies of water
- And more
The Products Built for Preparation
So, if the aforementioned all specify what not to do, that only begs the question: What actions should you actually take?
“Cover up windows and doors,” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends. “Use storm shutters or nail pieces of plywood to the outside window frames to protect your windows. This can help keep you safe from pieces of shattered glass.”
Additionally, be sure to check the quality of the storm-ready products you buy. Be diligent in your research and ensure they pass hurricane standards, the Florida Building Code criteria, and more.
“The best way to protect yourself is to consider either constructing a safe room that meets FEMA criteria or a storm shelter that meets ICC 500 criteria,” according to ready.gov.
Invested and Impact-Ready
If you’re looking for resilient windows that stand up to the wind and surpass critical criteria, Renewal by Andersen® of Florida has what you need: Coastal Impact Windows.
Tested thoroughly and certified through the Florida Product Approval program for High Velocity Hurricane Zones (HVHZ), these windows have been engineered to perform as your state-of-the-art storm-ready window(s) of choice!
What’s more, they are resistant to warping and damage caused by temperature fluctuations, as well as resistant to saltwater exposure, water intrusion, and more. In short, you can equip your home with the best of safety, functionality, and energy efficiency with Coastal Impact Windows.
To learn more about our storm-ready products and durable Fibrex® framing materials, all you have to do is reach out to our team! Open the windows to new possibilities today when you call (855) 830-2420.