With custom made hurricane shutters requiring weeks or months for delivery, orders and backlogs will rise when a storm approaches. The time to choose your protection if you haven't already, is now. If you plan to have shutters installed, call today.
Planning and preparation may save your life and property. Don't fall into the trap of thinking it won't happen here, that somehow that dangerous winds and rains will steer clear at the last moment. "People in South Florida thought the same thing before Hurricane Andrew: 'It can't happen to me.' That's a fact of life that indeed it is going to happen someday," said Bob Sheets, retired director of the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables. "You may be one who's not affected. But the consequences of not preparing for it can be catastrophic."
Residents of South Florida and coastal South Carolina know full well the destructive power of a hurricane after Andrew in 1992 and Hugo in 1989. Residents living on the outskirts of those areas might not fully appreciate what such massive storms can do. Preparation is the key to getting yourself and your family safely through a dangerous.
Usually, during Hurricane Watches and Warnings, frantic South Floridians are busy putting Storm Panels on their homes. Quite a few people found out that the panels did not fit or that they were short a few panels. Some people did not even know how to install the panels.
It would be advisable to check out your storm protection now, while you have time. When purchasing Accordions Shutters or Storm Panels, be sure to have the installer show you how to open and close each shutter and/or install the panels. It is also a good idea to number each panel and opening.
You can be prepared by having your home and business protected by shutters now prior to a hurricane. Or you can "shutter" later, after the storm. Often, when a hurricane heads towards your area is when you realize that you haven't made any plans to secure your home and business.
Take the necessary steps ahead of the hurricane's arrival to protect your home and its contents. That will help people get back in their homes as soon as possible. All homeowners should make individual disaster plans; steps they'd follow in the event of an impending storm, including determining if you live in an evacuation zone.
Residents must secure their homes and yards against the impending storm. The more protection you have, the faster you can return to normal conditions. If a storm comes and your windows are blown out and you have flooding, you'll now have to live somewhere else and find housing post-hurricane.
All windows and doors must be protected from breakage. Wind entering a house through a broken window or garage door will weaken the integrity of the structure. When a window blows and wind enters the house, it has no place to go but up. The goal is to keep the wind out. Garage doors are one of the most overlooked and weakest areas of a home. Then, wind that enters the home forces the roof to blow out. Proper attachment to the structure is the key to whatever hurricane protection product is used to protect your home.