Live In An Area That Gets Hurricanes? Two Ways To Batten Down The Hatches

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If you live in an area that is prone to getting hurricanes, you need to do everything you can to protect your home, your family, and your belongings. This is especially true if you live anywhere near the ocean. Below are two ways you can do this to help you get started.

Get Impact Resistant Doors

Impact resistant doors are made of high grade reinforced wood, aluminum, or steel. When choosing a door, make sure you ask the salesperson how much wind it can withstand. For example, some doors may hold up well to 25 mph winds while others may hold up to 75 mph winds. The framing is much more secure and the door is much thicker than a standard door for the higher resistance ones.

Impact resistant doors also offer other benefits, such as securing your home from intruders, reducing noise that enters your home, and saving on your utility bills as cold or warm air cannot escape through or into the door. Check with your insurance company, as they may give you a discount if you install these doors.

No matter what material you choose, the doors can be stylish so they do not take away from the aesthetics of your home.

Get Impact Resistant Windows

Along with an impact door, you should install windows with impact resistant, glazed glass for your homes. These windows are made to resist high winds as well as to protect your home from rain and debris. They do not completely protect a window from breaking, but when it does break it shatters into tiny pieces of glass instead of large shards of glass that can easily injure someone.

Impact resistant glass is made of two layers of tempered or annealed glass that is bonded to a shatter-proof membrane. The membrane is generally made of a plastic film that varies in thicknesses, depending on how much wind protection you want from the windows. The windows must be fastened to a heavy-duty aluminum frame to provide you with the most protection. This is the same type of glass that you will find on automobiles.

As with impact resistant doors, these windows provide your home with extra security, and they are sealed much tighter so less air escapes out of them to make your home more energy efficient.

Talk with an impact resistant door and window contractor to learn much more about them. Because these doors and windows are for protection, you should have a professional install them for you.

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3 March 2017

inspecting the roof on your home

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