HURRICANE PROTECTION FAQS
In order to be approved by the Florida Building Code, an independent testing center will test each hurricane shielding product the same way that Andrew did: a 7 long 2×4 weighing 9.5 pounds is repeatedly fired from an air cannon into the material being tested. In order to pass, the 2×4 must not penetrate or rip the material being tested. This simulates the pictured real world “Andrew tree test”. Although the pictured tree failed, all of our products passed this test.
This tree failed the real life Hurricane Andrew large missile test – click on image for a closer view.
The total cost of securing your Florida home with our tested Hurricane products is often just a fraction of your out-of-pocket insurance deductible. Hurricane insurance deductibles generally run about 2% of home’s value. Newspapers report that the average Florida home value is about $350,000. The average hazard insurance deductible will therefore run about $7,000. Remember, you cannot finance an insurance deductible. It must be paid in full before you gain access to the insurance company’s money.
The total cost of securing your Florida home with our tested Hurricane products is often just a fraction of your out-of-pocket insurance deductible. Hurricane insurance deductibles generally run about 2% of home’s value. Newspapers report that the average Florida home value is about $350,000. The average hazard insurance deductible will therefore run about $7,000.
Many insurance companies will actually give you a discount on your policy because you have installed hurricane protection on all of your openings. A further savings … every year.
On Sept 20,2005, Max Mayfield (director of the National Hurricane Center) testified in front of Congress that we have now entered a new weather cycle and can expect to see more frequent and stronger hurricanes for the next 10-20 years. He also indicated that this is not a result of global warming but rather just part of earth’s natural cycle.
As a result, Hurricanes such as Katrina and Rita are expected to be seen more often. The entire hurricane weather pattern has changed from a few years ago. In the past potential hurricanes were tracked as they left the western coast of Africa. This gave us up to two weeks to prepare. Today, however, hurricanes like Katrina and Rita just suddenly grow into a hurricane from a small tropical disturbance in the Gulf Stream … just a relatively few miles off our Florida coast.
The net result is that you will have far less time to prepare and the ultimate hurricanes will be of a greater magnitude. Mandatory evacuations will become more common.
Both flying debris that is propelled at hurricane wind speeds and high internal home pressure caused by the wind blowing through a wall opening.
Some sources: tree items (limbs, coconuts, fronds, etc.), gravel from flat roofs, cement roof tiles, any unsecured item left outdoors, your neighbor’s damaged homes and their contents (furniture, appliances, personal items), shingles, construction materials, street signs. In short… anything and everything. All of this debris is movingat hurricane wind speeds (over 75 mph for a category 1). That’s why cardboard and even plywood is not effective at protecting your home’s openings. Remember the tree with the 2×4 driven through it. A opening protected with 5/8″ plywood doesn’t stand a chance from a direct hit.
If is allowed to blow into your home you risk having your walls blown out and/or the roof torn off. It’s really that easy.
For the same reasons that airplanes fly and sailboats sail (pressure on one side of a surface and a vacuum on the other side) your roof and walls will be literally blown away from your home. Here’s why…
If wind is allowed to enter your home it will create a powerful positive outward pressure that will push on all interior surfaces in an outward direction (walls, windows, roof, doors). At the same time, outside wind continues to rush past all exterior surfaces of your home creating a powerful negative pressure (suction) on your roof and on the lea side of your home. The lea side is the side opposite side from the direction that the wind is currently blowing from. During a hurricane, the wind constantly shifts directions so at some point in time, all sides of your home will experience both direct positive and negative pressures. This deadly combination of simultaneous positive pressure built up inside your home and the negative suction outside your home will cause your walls and roof to literally explode from your house.
ALL OF THEM and don’t forget the largest and weakest opening… the garage door.
There is only one way to protect your home and your loved ones that live in this area and that is to make your survival plans WELL BEFORE they are needed.