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Hurricane Preparation And Safety Guide

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 31, 2013

Hurricane Preparation And Safety Guide

Mayor’s Message

Hurricane Warning WatchThe 2013 hurricane season is right around the corner, and runs from June 1st through November 30th. We’ve been fortunate to have several quiet hurricane seasons in recent years, but future hurricanes are inevitable.
And while Miami-Dade County has a world-class Emergency Operations Center to help us through all types of emergency situations, it is up to each and every resident to be prepared for the possibility of a hurricane.
Making a hurricane plan ahead of time and stocking up on vital supplies will go a long way to helping you and your loved ones stay safe in the event of a storm. It will save you time, money and worry, too.

Please make sure that you and your family are prepared for the 2013 hurricane season.

Gearing Up On a Budget

Residents spend hundreds of dollars every year purchasing hurricane supplies such as bottled water, gasoline and nonperishable food items. In many cases, people wait until a storm threatens South Florida to make a last-minute rush to local stores to purchase supplies, usually resulting in a large expenditure.
Remember, it’s more cost-efficient to build your kits little by little, using what you already have at home whenever possible.

  • Purchase an extra can or box of non-perishable food or other supplies for your hurricane kit during each trip to the grocery store, making use of coupons and sales when available.
  • Combine resources with family, friends and neighbors to save money buying in bulk, then divide the items up.
  • Fill containers 2/3 full with tap water and keep them in your freezer for ice after a storm.
  • Make bed rolls from your existing comforters and blankets. Source
Why is Protecting Windows So Important?

Once a window is broken, the wind blows inside to not only wreck the interior, but also to apply upward pressure on the roof, which might be enough to sent if flying. If this happens, the walls collapse and your house is done for.
Protection can include impact-resistant glass or other permanent materials that have passed the state of Florida or Miami-Dade County (Fla.) impact standards tests, sturdy shutters, or pieces of marine plywood, marked and cut to fit each window and glass door.

Cat 5 Shutters InstallationHurricane shutters are a great investment to those families that live in hurricane-prone areas or just want the added safety benefit of having them. Hurricane shutters can be the difference of having a safe home to come home to instead of a home that has been obliterated from a catastrophic hurricane. Hurricane shutters are available as:

Don’t get caught with a malfunctioning shutter during a hurricane!

Cat 5 hurricane shutters covering windows and doors are a first line of defense for between the outside elements and indoor contents. Cat 5 hurricane shutters protect windows from high winds and flying projectiles. Once broken, windows will allow wind, rain, and debris to enter the house or building. Broken windows may also cause intense pressure on the roof and interior walls. A collapsed roof exposes all contents and possessions inside the house to the tropical storm or hurricane. Mother Nature has an incredibly powerful and potentially devastating way of presenting herself. Hurricanes and tropical storms are perhaps some of the most fierce. The importance of properly preparing for a hurricane with exterior Cat 5 hurricane shutters can not be stressed enough. While family members, pets, and small valuables can be evacuated, houses, businesses, and other properties must be strong enough to endure the storm. Protect your home with hurricane shutters. Contact Cat 5 Shutters to get advise and
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Before the Storm

Properly pruning trees and shrubs before a hurricane approaches can reduce the debris that may become airborne during a storm. Proper pruning also increases the likelihood that a tree can weather a storm. Make sure to consult or hire a certified and licensed arborist prior to doing any tree pruning.

Miami-Dade Solid Waste customers can dispose of small trash items with twice-weekly garbage collection service. If you receive automated service, all waste must fit in the waste cart and the lid must close.
If you receive manual collection service, small trash items may be set out in bags, cans or bundles with your household garbage. Items should be no more than 50 pounds each and bundles should measure no more than 4 feet in length.
Do not begin any pruning or cleanup activities or place trash on the curb during a Hurricane Watch or Warning.

During a Hurricane

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

  • Monitor your radio or television for weather updates and instructions from public safety officials.
  • Stay indoors, preferably in a room with few or no windows.
  • Take your emergency kit and disaster supplies with you if you move from room to room.
  • If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
  • If you lose power, turn off all major appliances.
  • Use flashlights, not candles or kerosene lamps, as your light source.
  • Avoid using the phone and do not take a bath or shower during the storm.
  • Fight the temptation to go outside during the “eye of the storm”. There’s only a brief period of calm before hurricane force winds return.
  • Keep children informed about what’s happening and watch for signs of stress.
  • Keep animals in their carriers.

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The United States Hurricane Problem

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 29, 2013

The United States Hurricane ProblemThe United States has a significant hurricane problem. Our shorelines attract large numbers of people. From Maine to Texas, our coastline is filled with new homes, condominium towers, and cities built on sand waiting for the next storm to threaten its residents and their dreams.

There are now some 45 million permanent residents along the hurricane-prone coastline, and the population is still growing. The most rapid growth has been in the sunbelt from Texas through the Carolinas. Florida, where hurricanes are most frequent, leads the Nation in new residents. In addition to the permanent residents, the holiday, weekend, and vacation populations swell in some coastal areas 10- to 100-fold.

A large portion of the coastal areas with high population densities are subject to the inundation from the hurricane’s storm surge that historically has caused the greatest loss of life and extreme property damage.

Perception of Risk

Over the past several years, the warning system has provided adequate time for people on the barrier islands and the immediate coastline to move inland when hurricanes have threatened. However, it is becoming more difficult to evacuate people from the barrier islands and other coastal areas because roads have not kept pace with the rapid population growth. The problem is further compounded by the fact that 80 to 9O percent of the population now living in hurricane-prone areas have never experienced the core of a “major” hurricane. Many of these people have been through weaker storms. The result is a false impression of a hurricane’s damage potential. This often leads to complacency and delayed actions which could result in the loss of many lives.

All hurricanes are dangerous, but some are more so than others. The way storm surge, wind, and other factors combine determines the hurricanes destructive power. To make comparisons easier and to make the predicted hazards of approaching hurricane clearer to emergency forces-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s hurricane forecasters use a disaster-potential scale which assigns storms to five categories. Category 1 is a minimum hurricane; category 5 is the worst case. Source

Hurricane Protection With Storm Shutters

Most conventional windows do an adequate job of protecting inhabitants from the elements, but very few are engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions. During storms and other severe weather events, standard windows may be struck by flying debris, or allow pelting rain or cold air to penetrate living areas. One early solution to this problem was the addition of wooden shutters, but a more modern solution is the installation of storm windows.

Installing exterior storm windows is not a job for beginners. Consider hiring a hurricane installation company for all your hurricane protection needs.

Hurricane Shutters in Monroe County
Cat 5 Shutters, LLC.
Serving Locations Throughout Florida

Installing “Peace of Mind”

Cat 5 Shutters LLC offer the finest and strongest hurricane shutters and storm protection on the market. All of our hurricane shutters are tested and approved by Miami-Dade County and the Florida building code (High velocity Hurricane Zone) which will guarantee the purchaser the highest level of “Peace of Mind” during a hurricane disaster. We manufacture a wide variety of hurricane shutters; Accordion Hurricane Shutters, Bahamas Hurricane Shutters, Colonial Hurricane Shutters, Roll Down Hurricane Shutters, Storm Hurricane Panels, Stainless Steel Hurricane Screens, and Roll Down Screens. Keeping Floridians safe against hurricanes, storms, intruders and the suns rays

Bahama Shutters in Key WestWe have installed Hurricane Shutters, Storm Shutters, Window Shutters, Bahama Shutters, Accordion Shutters, Shutters for Windows, Storm Protection and Hurricane Protection products in Monroe County Florida. Listed below are some of our Hurricane Shutters Installation Projects in Monroe County.

  • Hudson 402 Luguna Ave Key Largo, FL
  • Foti 65700 Overseas Hwy Long Key, FL 33001
  • Grainger 156 Biscayne Blvd Islamorada, FL 33036
  • Huntington 240 Costa Brava Dr Islamorada, FL 33036
  • Martin 260 Costa Brava Dr Islamorada, FL 33036
  • Stine 252 Costa Bravo Dr Islamorada FL 33036
  • Field 131 West Plaza Granada Islamorada, FL 33036
  • Ocasio 178 Gulfview Dr Islamorada, FL 33036
  • Vanetten 182 Gulfview Dr Islamorada, FL 33036
  • USCG Station 183 Palermo Dr Islamorada, FL 33036
  • Beachwood Condo Association 75811 Overseas Hwy Islamorada, FL 33036
  • Ramsey 16 Hibiscus Dr Key Largo, FL 33037
  • Ellis 612 White St Key West, FL 33040

CAT 5 Shutters has clients in the following cities in Monroe County, Florida: Islamorada, Key Largo, Ocean Reef, Tavernier, Marathon, Long Key, Cudjoe Key, Big Pine Key and Key West.

Contact Cat 5 Shutters
Palm Beach County 561-333-CAT5 (2285), Monroe County 305-852-CAT5 (2285)
or email us for a quote.

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Hurricane Garage Doors

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 28, 2013

Hurricane Garage DoorsAll hurricanes are dangerous, but some are more so than others. The way storm surge, wind, and other factors combined determines the hurricane’s destructive power.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1-5 rating based on the hurricane’s present intensity. This is used to give an estimate of the potential property damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall. Wind speed is the determining factor in the scale, as storm surge values are highly dependent on the slope of the continental shelf in the landfall region. Note that all winds are using the U.S. 1-minute average.

CAT 5 Hurricane Categories
  1. Winds 74-95 mph (64-82 kt or 119-153 kph). Storm surge generally 4-5 feet above normal. No real damage to building structures. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Some damage to poorly constructed signs. Also, some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.
  2. Winds 96-110 mph (83-95 kt or 154-177 kph). Storm surge generally 6-8 feet above normal. Some roofing material, door, and window damage of buildings. Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some trees blown down. Considerable damage to mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings.
  3. Winds 111-130 mph (96-113 kt or 178-209 kph). Storm surge generally 9-12 feet above normal. Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtain wall failures. Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off trees and large tress blown down. Mobile homes and poorly constructed signs are destroyed. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by battering of floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than 5 feet above mean sea level may be flooded inland 8 miles (13 km) or more. Evacuation of low-lying residences with several blocks of the shoreline may be required.
  4. Winds 131-155 mph (114-135 kt or 210-249 kph). Storm surge generally 13-18 feet above normal. More extensive curtain wall failures with some complete roof structure failures on small residences. Shrubs, trees, and all signs are blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Extensive damage to doors and windows. Low-lying escape routes may be cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. Terrain lower than 10 ft above sea level may be flooded requiring massive evacuation of residential areas as far inland as 6 miles (10 km). Hurricane Luis of 1995 was a Category Four hurricane while moving over the Leeward Islands.
  5. Winds greater than 155 mph (135 kt or 249 kph). Storm surge generally greater than 18 feet above normal. Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. All shrubs, trees, and signs blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Severe and extensive window and door damage. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 feet above sea level and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas on low ground within 5-10 miles (8-16 km) of the shoreline may be required. Source

The garage door is potentially the weakest point of your home during a hurricane. The door has a large surface area and the attachments on most garage doors are minimal – namely the track and wheels. Hurricane force winds can blow your garage door in or suck it out. Once hurricane force winds have entered the house, you are much more likely to lead to a buildup of internal pressure resulting in a loss of the roof or walls. According to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes about 80 percent of residential hurricane wind damage starts with wind entry through garage doors, so protecting the garage doors is important.

You can check your current garage door for a sticker that gives the Miami-Dade seal, wind speed rating or pressure rating. Some older doors are rated to 100 mph winds, newer doors that are Miami-Dade County approved are rated to 150-165 mph.

For an existing home there are several options available to improve the durability of your garage: strengthening your current garage door or replacing it with a new model.

Prior to 1993 many garage doors were rated only to 50 mph. After 1993, many may be rated only to 100 mph.

Secure Garage Door Braces Installation By Cat 5 Shutters

Even with Hurricane Shutters, if your garage door fails, the full force of the hurricane will enter your home and possibly blow off your roof and seriously damage or destroy your home.

The garage door brace is made of high quality Aircraft Grade Aluminum that is lightweight (14 lbs) yet incredibly strong. The telescoping design enables the brace to fit almost all garage doors up to 8′ tall. The product is a vertical bracing system made from high quality aircraft-grade aluminum that attaches to the inside of the garage door. Secure Door® hurricane garage door protection strengthens the door and provides support for the door in addition to the garage door tracks. The brace is anchored into the wall above the garage door, into the garage floor, and to each hinge. After initial set-up, it installs in less than 5 minutes per brace when a hurricane is approaching.

Cat 5 Shutters LLC is a supplier and installer of Secure Door Garage Braces. You can install braces yourself or we can install the braces for you. A regular garage door needs one brace and larger doors over 8′ wide need two.

Garage Door BraceSecure Door® Garage Door Braces are an extremely effective, Florida Building Code approved (FL6420), highly affordable solution that provides wind protection for garage doors in the event of a major hurricane. Secure Door® is a patented hurricane garage door brace that converts most existing garage doors to a hurricane-resistant garage door. While no garage door can be considered a hurricane proof garage door, Secure Door’s exceptional performance capabilities have been proven through independent laboratory tests and may be as close to that goal as possible.

Contact Cat 5 Shutters for all of your hurricane protection needs.

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How To Find A Licensed and Insured Contractor In South Florida

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 24, 2013

How To Find A Licensed and Insured Contractor In South FloridaWhether you’re planning an addition for a growing family or simply getting new storm windows, finding a competent and reliable contractor is the first step to a successful and satisfying home improvement project.

Home Improvement Professionals

Depending on the size and complexity of your project, you may choose to work with a number of different professionals:

  • General Contractors manage all aspects of your project, including hiring and supervising subcontractors, getting building permits, and scheduling inspections. They also work with architects and designers.
  • Specialty Contractors install particular products, such as cabinets and bathroom fixtures.
  • Architects design homes, additions, and major renovations. If your project includes structural changes, you may want to hire an architect who specializes in home remodeling.
  • Designers have expertise in specific areas of the home, such as kitchens and baths.
  • Design/Build Contractors provide one-stop service. They see your project through from start to finish. Some firms have architects on staff; others use certified designers.

Whether you are looking to have your home windows replaced, new siding installed on your garage or a pool built for the summer months ahead, it’s always important to find a home contractor that you can trust. Better Business Bureau recommends following this smart shopper checklist before choosing a contractor for your home.

In 2011, BBB received more than 6,000 complaints against general contractors, which was up 11% from the previous year. While there are many trustworthy and reliable contractors out there, there are always those unscrupulous few that end up charging too much and doing too little…or nothing at all.

“You want a home contractor you can trust, so watch out for red flags from those just looking to make a quick buck,” said Katherine Hutt, spokesperson for the Council of Better Business Bureaus. “Be especially wary of doing business with a contractor who solicits business door-to-door. This could mean that the contractor is not from a local, established business and is instead just passing through and trying to scam innocent consumers.”

BBB advises consumers to follow this smart shopper checklist before choosing a home contractor:

  • Be picky and have lots of options. Seek at least three bids from prospective contractors based on the same specifications, materials and labor needed to complete the project. Homeowners should discuss bids in detail with each contractor and ask questions about variations in pricing. The lowest-priced contractor may not be the best.
  • Make sure they are certified and insured. Consumers should ask whether the company is insured against claims covering workers’ compensation, property damage and personal liability in case of accidents. Consumers should obtain the name of the insurance carrier and call to verify coverage. Ask whether the contractor meets licensing and bonding requirements set by the state, county or city. Check with local authorities to find out whether permits are needed before proceeding with the work. The contractor also should be aware of any required permits.
  • Get everything in writing. Ask whether the contractor will provide a lien waiver upon completion of the job. A lien waiver is a statement by the contractor that all suppliers and subcontractors have been paid for their work. Read and understand the contract before signing. Get all verbal promises in writing. Include start and completion dates in the contract.
  • Remember the rule of thirds and follow it. Pay one third at the start of the project, one third when work is 50 percent completed and one third after completion. Source

Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is the agency charged with licensing and regulating businesses and professionals in the State of Florida. The DBPR Online Services website provides information about applicants and licensed individuals for those professions and businesses that are regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Check or Verify Contractor License.

Cat 5 Shutters, LLC – Serving Palm Beach and Monroe Counties
License #CGC1517869

When it comes to securing the safety of your family, home and business during severe weather, only the finest storm protection will do. That’s why so many businesses and residents trust Cat 5 Shutters LLC, the world’s leading producer of hurricane shutters based out of West Palm Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County) to help protect the people and property they care about most during Hurricane Season… and throughout the year. Cat 5 Shutters has achieved a A ratings with the Better Business Bureau.

Cat 5 Shutters LLC is especially proud to introduce the most advanced Hurricane Protection systems on the market today. Our hurricane shutters are available in a wide array of designer styles, colors and will add value to your property and make it easier to secure your entire home than ever before!

Cat 5 Shutters LLC offer the finest and strongest hurricane shutters and storm protection on the market. All of our hurricane shutters are tested and approved by Miami-Dade County and the Florida building code (High velocity Hurricane Zone) which will guarantee the purchaser the highest level of “Peace of Mind” during a hurricane disaster. We manufacture a wide varity of hurricane shutters; Accordion Hurricane Shutters, Bahamas Hurricane Shutters, Colonial Hurricane Shutters, Roll Down Hurricane Shutters, Storm Hurricane Panels, Stainless Steel Hurricane Screens, and Roll Down Screens. Keeping Floridians safe against hurricanes, storms, intruders and the suns rays based out of West Palm Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County).

Please review our Hurricane Shutters Installation Projects and Testimonials.

We invite you to contact us today for more information, and discover the secret to enjoying unprecedented storm protection and “peace-of-mind” for many years to come!

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High Velocity Hurricane Zone And Hurricane Protection in South Florida

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 22, 2013

High Velocity Hurricane Zone And Hurricane Protection in South FloridaThe HVHZ, High Velocity Hurricane Zone, designates a geographic area incorporating all of Miami/Dade and Broward Counties and Coastal Palm Beach County. Garage doors installed in this area must meet the most stringent requirements in the entire United States and must be impact rated.

If you live in Miami-Dade or Broward counties (High Velocity Hurricane Zone, (HVHZ)) your new shutters, windows, or doors have to meet Miami Date building code standards. This is what the building department will check when you or your contractor applies for a building permit prior to installation and what a building inspector will verify was installed. The building inspector will also inspect to ensure that the product was installed in compliance with the requirements of the product approval (the manufacturer’s installation requirements) when he inspects after installation. Specifics of installation requirements may well vary according to the wind zone and exposure category that are dependent on the geographical location of your house.

Shutter and Awning systems have been in use for over 200 years. They can be designed to provide protection from wind and water, increase security, block solar heat from the sun, increase privacy, and some are designed for purely decorative use. Here we focus on their impact resistance and the test standards that have been developed in the last 20 years to assess their ability to provide protection from windborne debris. Shutter systems may also provide some additional protection from water damage. However, this is not their primary purpose nor are they tested in any way to determine a specific level of water penetration protection. Impact resistant shutter systems are designed to protect the openings in a house from the type of failure that will lead to a huge increase in internal pressure in the house and reduce the likelihood of hurricane propelled flying debris from entering through the openings.

Because of the high frequency of hurricanes in Florida, it’s common practice to equip windows and glazed surfaces with strong protective shutters. While there aren’t any state building codes to regulate the general use of decorative or functional shutters, all specially designed hurricane shutters must comply with the Florida building code.
Homeowners should only use storm shutters designed and manufactured by qualified engineers and bearing their manufacturer’s seal on all components. While temporary, homemade emergency shutters, such as simple sheets of plywood, may limit hurricane damage, they do not comply with Florida Code.

Whether purchasing or producing your own shutters, ensure they adequately cover and protect glazed surfaces. Shutters shouldn’t attach to glass windows directly, but should fit over them with a gap of 1 inch of space or more. This minimum space should hold at the point of greatest deflection, when the shutters are withstanding maximum strength winds. The shutter should ideally be flush with the wall, with a maximum gap between them of 1/4 inches.
When it comes to securing the safety of your family, home and business during severe weather, only the finest storm protection will do.

Roll Up Hurricane ShuttersCat 5 Shutters LLC offer the finest and strongest hurricane shutters and storm protection on the market. All of our hurricane shutters are tested and approved by Miami-Dade County and the Florida building code (High velocity Hurricane Zone) which will guarantee the purchaser the highest level of “Peace of Mind” during a hurricane disaster. We manufacture a wide varity of hurricane shutters; Accordion Hurricane Shutters, Bahamas Hurricane Shutters, Colonial Hurricane Shutters, Roll Down Hurricane Shutters, Storm Hurricane Panels, Stainless Steel Hurricane Screens, and Roll Down Screens. Keeping Floridians safe against hurricanes, storms, intruders and the suns rays based out of West Palm Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County).

Don’t get caught with a malfunctioning shutter during a hurricane!

Price should not be the only determining factor when choosing a company for your Hurricane Shutter needs. Make a wise choice and consider the following:

  1. Licensed and Insured Contractor
  2. Top rating by the Better Business Bureau
  3. Established company that will be around for many years for service work
  4. Ask for Testimonials from previous customers and for referrals in your area
  5. Not all Shutters are created equal. There are many cheap alternatives out there. Make sure you are getting a Miami Dade hurricane rating and then compare price

We invite you to review our hurricane shutters portfolio in Palm Beach and Monroe counties and contact us today for more information. Discover the secret to enjoying unprecedented storm protection and “peace-of-mind” for many years to come!

1-877-CAT-FIVE

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How to Choose Hurricane Shutters For Your Home

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 20, 2013

How to Choose Hurricane Shutters For Your Home

Protect Your Windows and Doors

Whether with impact-resistant glass or shutters, protecting doors and windows against high winds and flying debris is imperative. Hurricane-force winds can hurl objects that act like bullets.

Consider installing shutters or providing a system, such as a track, to easily install shutters in case of an approaching storm. Although the shutter wouldn’t be a permanent fixture on the exterior of your home, the track or other fastening hardware would be. So make sure the hardware is integrated with any other exterior improvements you plan to make.

Three major types of shutters are known alternatively as panel systems. They are usually made of plywood, metal (aluminium or steel), or polycarbonate plastic. Panels must be attached to the structure via screws in a direct mount or on tracks. When not in use, storm panels are stored in an easy to reach location. Newly constructed homes sometimes have an assigned area for storage of storm panels.

Hurricane shutters are a great investment to those families that live in hurricane-prone areas or just want the added safety benefit of having them. Hurricane shutters can be the difference of having a safe home to come home to instead of a home that has been obliterated from a catastrophic hurricane. Hurricane shutters are available as: storm panel hurricane shutters, accordion hurricane shutters, colonial hurricane shutters, Bahama hurricane shutters, and roll – down hurricane shutters.

Storm panel hurricane shutters are the most popular hurricane shutters out of all of the shutters that are available. For homeowners that choose to install storm panel hurricane shutters, they will need to also install metal tracts that will hold the sheets of steel or corrugated aluminum in place along the window. The storm panel hurricane shutters are created in a corrugated style so that the pieces can overlap one another, creating an even stronger resistance to the hurricane-force winds. Since there are different storm pane hurricane shutters that are available for installation, it is up to the home owner on which style they would prefer.

Hurricane shutters are available in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors and can be matched to your home and your preference.

Roll-down shutters are an immediate protection system that offers total ease of operation just by pushing a button. It rolls up neatly into its own header box at the top of the opening. At anytime you can lower these shutters to block out severe storms or to shade part of your home.

Colonial shutters are side swing-mounted and meet and close in the middle. They cover the entire opening with two shutters of equal size. It’s a very popular style, especially in the South.

Accordion shutters are an inexpensive approach to home and business protection. There is no storage involved, and with just a pull from each side to the center, you are locked and protected. Because of their cost-effectiveness, accordion shutters have become a very popular approach to providing protection to homes.

Bahama shutters are the perfect decorative and fully functional hurricane shutter. With island style and flair, they are very popular in tropical areas, and look great on any style home. They also provide ventilation, as they are louvered, and fastened at the top of windows. All are available in a variety of colors to match or contrast your home’s exterior.

Hurricane Shutters By Cat 5 Shutters

When it comes to securing the safety of your family, home and business during severe weather, only the finest storm protection will do. That’s why so many businesses and residents trust Cat 5 Shutters LLC, the world’s leading producer of hurricane shutters based out of West Palm Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County) to help protect the people and property they care about most during Hurricane Season. Cat 5 Shutters has achieved a A ratings with the Better Business Bureau.

Cat 5 Shutters LLC is especially proud to offer the most advanced Hurricane Protection systems on the market today. Available in a wide array of designer styles, colors our easy to use hurricane shutters will add value to your property!

Accordion Hurricane Shutters

Our Accordion Shutter system is one of the strongest in the industry, the blades in the open position only take up one inch per foot including uni-mate. We are the Manufacturer & Installer!

Bahama Hurricane Shutters

Bahama shutters provide storm protection as well as sun protection. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.

Colonial Hurricane Shutters

Provide storm protection as well as cosmetic enhancement. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.

Roll Down Hurricane Shutters

Are the most convenient and easiest system to operate. Roll down shutters will reduce your Air Conditioning costs and lower noise by up to 70% They also will protect your furniture’s exposure to direct sunlight. Available in Clear, White, Ivory Beige and Bronze.

Storm Panel Hurricane Shutters

Inexpensive hurricane protection. These steel or aluminum shutters attach to the walls around windows and doors on bolts or tracks. Storm panels are corrugated, and each piece overlaps the next for maximum strength. There are several styles of storm panels to choose from.

Roll Down Hurricane Screens

Fabric Based Hurricane Protection With Storm Catcher Roll Down Screen. Enjoy incredibly effective hurricane protection and the convenience of an electronically controlled or manually operated rolling hurricane screen system.
Stainless Steel Screen

Energy Savings and protection. Fort Security Storm & Door Systems will save you money on your electric bill on the window exposed to the sun. You may also be entitled to a discount from your insurance company. We are the first in the industry to pass the tough Dade County hurricane protocol. Offering 24/7 protection, no more worries for the last minute installation rush of cumbersome, heavy sharp edged or clear hurricane storm panels as the hurricane approaches.

Garage Door Braces

High quality aircraft grade aluminum. Lightweight (14 lbs). Incredibly strong. Telescoping design. Fits garage doors up to 8′ tall. 5 minute install. Even with shutters, if your garage door fails, the full force of the hurricane will enter your home and could possibly blow off your roof or otherwise seriously damage your home.

We invite you to review our hurricane shutters portfolio in Palm Beach and Monroe Counties and  contact us today for more information, and discover the secret to enjoying unprecedented storm protection and “peace-of-mind” for many years to come!

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Hurricane Protection in Monroe County

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 17, 2013

Hurricane Protection in Monroe CountyMonroe County is the southernmost county in Florida and the United States. It is made up of the Florida Keys and portions of the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. These parks are mostly uninhabited mainland areas. Most known are the Florida Keys with its string of islands connected by U.S. Highway 1, which ends in Key West, 150 miles southwest of Miami.

In total area, Monroe County is comprised of 3,737 square miles1, mostly of water, 73%. The Florida Keys proper are an elongated, curved bow like chain of low lying islands over 220 miles in length. They extend from the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula to the Dry Tortugas and lie between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Key West is the largest of the islands in the chain with a natural deep water harbor. The keys are islands of rock and sandy beaches are not common. Just miles offshore on the Atlantic side of the keys is the only living coral reef in the continental United States. No point, in the keys, is more than four miles from water.

When you live and play in paradise, Mother Nature occasionally likes to remind you that the same forces that created the comfortable climate and lush landscape can damage them, as well.

In California or Japan the reminder might be an earthquake; in Indonesia, a tsunami; in Hawaii, a volcanic eruption.
In the Florida Keys, the same forces that create balmy breezes and warm waves also can bring high winds, heavy rain and tidal surges.

Because they are on the northern fringe of the Caribbean, the Florida Keys occasionally are threatened by tropical cyclones, a generic name for a low-pressure weather system with organized thunderstorm activity and circular winds. When the wind speed of a tropical cyclone reaches a sustained 74 mph, it is classified a hurricane.
In the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean tropical cyclones can present a threat to most Caribbean countries, eastern Mexico, and North American coastal areas from Texas through Nova Scotia.

Fortunately, unlike with earthquakes and tsunamis, modern-day tropical weather forecasting provides ample time for preparation to protect lives and property. Source

Preparing for Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season formally begins June 1 and ends November 30. Historically, the chances of hurricane activity are greater between August 15 and October 1. During the past 100 years, the historical average frequency of a hurricane impacting somewhere in the state of Florida is once every two years. In the Keys, the historical 100-year average frequency of a hurricane of any category impacting is one in every 4.5 years.
Hurricane Season 2013 is around the corner. History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

Hurricane Shutters Is the Most Economical Protection

Roll Up Hurricane Shutters in IslamoradaProperty owners along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean should strongly consider installing hurricane shutters. Category 5 hurricanes can result in structural damages in excess of 15 miles from the shore. Cat 5 hurricane shutters are recommended for all regions close to the shore.

Factors that influence the best hurricane shutter for the application include cost, quality, building codes, and availability. Standard exterior shutters may not be able to endure the extreme punishment necessary to protect the building. The most common styles of hurricane shutters include roll-down hurricane shutters, accordion hurricane shutters, storm panels, colonial hurricane shutters, and Bahamas hurricane shutters. Each of these styles of exterior hurricane shutter is constructed from various materials including aluminum metal and fabric. Some remain affixed to the building at all times, and others are removed and stored until needed.

Cats 5 Shutters has installed Hurricane Shutters, Storm Shutters, Roll-up and down shutters, Windows Shutters, Bahama Shutters, Accordion Shutters, Shutters for Windows and Hurricane Protection throughout multiple counties in South Florida.                                      Roll Up Hurricane Shutters by Cat 5 Shutters

We invite you to contact us today for more information, and discover the secret to enjoying unprecedented storm protection and “peace-of-mind” for many years to come!

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Why Consider Stainless Steel Storm Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 15, 2013

Why Consider Stainless Steel Storm ShuttersIf you live in a hurricane prone area, such as South Florida, hurricane protection with hurricane shutters is a must. Shutters are frequently constructed from steel or aluminum, but homeowners sometimes use the low-cost alternative of plywood. The shutters are affixed to the outside of the building with screws or hurricane clips.

What makes stainless screens unique? 3 Main Benefits
  1. Hurricane Protection
  2. Security Device
  3. U.S. Department of Energy Certified Device to Block UV rays and heat gain.
Stainless Steel Storm Shutters

Offer a pleasing exterior look as well as protection. Stainless mesh on operable doors provides more security than steel security doors, but allows gentle breezes to pass through.

  • Turn your regular windows into security windows without adding security bars or window security bars. Stainless mesh is just slightly heavier looking than regular bug mesh, but has the strength of rolling steel security doors.
  • Operable patio door and window mesh available
  • Meets the large missile impact test for Category 5 hurricanes
  • Prevents glass breakage from flying debris
  • Shields windows from gale force winds and hail
  • The mesh surface tension allows light breezes to pass through
  • Roll-a-way stainless steel mesh is aesthetically subtle compared to security bars, adding steel security doors, or converting to thick glass security windows.
What Else Should You Know?

Cat 5 stainless steel hurricane protection will save you money on your electric bill on the window exposed to the sun. You may also be entitled to a discount from your insurance company. We are the first in the industry to pass the tough Dade County hurricane protocol. Offering 24/7 protection, no more worries for the last minute installation rush of cumbersome, heavy sharp edged or clear hurricane storm panels as the hurricane approaches. Think green!

Energy savings is another huge benefit of this super green screen system. Green because it provides sun protection that can reduce the transmitted heat on your interior furnishings by 25% and reduce transmitted harmful UV Rays on interior surfaces by 95%. This could also save you money on your utility cost. These green screens won’t darken and compromise your view. The Florida Energy Office has awarded Cat 5 shutters the Energy Star Award Certificate for providing energy efficient products. These green products are unlike any other out there.

How to Select Approved Shutters

One way to pre-screen manufacturers and products is to check their membership in the International Hurricane Protection Association (IHPA). IHPA LogoManufacturer who are members of the IHPA, a not-for-profit trade association, have all submitted products for independent testing and engineering. Member manufacturers produce products that have the necessary Texas Department of Insurance, Miami-Dade and/or FBC approvals for use in Florida and Texas. This is important because buying an unapproved system means you will not be eligible for windstorm insurance annual premium discounts, and the strength or reliability of the system is unknown. It is possible to waste your investment in a protection system or on a product that may provide poor protection or is virtually worthless or will not qualify for insurance premium discounts. If you look for the IHPA logo at dealers and manufacturer’s websites this will help identify systems that are compliant with the Florida Building Code and the International Building Code.

In order to verify that shutters are approved for use in Miami-Dade or Broward counties you can visit the Miami-Dade Building Code Compliance Office website, or, for all other Florida counties visit the Florida Building Code Product Approval website.

Find the manufacturers name, then you can look up the type of shutter and select from the drop down menus or approval numbers listed for a manufacturer.

If the manufacturer’s name is not on the list, then you may be purchasing a product that is not tested or approved. If the manufacturers name comes up but there are no products listed then they could be just starting the approval process. In this case you should wait until the shutters are approved. Many times shutters are improved or modified during the testing and approval process. If you buy before the system is approved you may be getting a prototype that will differ from the final approved product.

One of the greatest risk for poor shutter performance is the installation.

CAT 5 Shutters Advantages of Stainless Steel Screen Shutters

Cat 5 Shutters offers, energy savings which could mean utility and insurance discounts, top of the line hurricane protection, security, aesthetic appeal and a nearly maintenance free system. Our product is made with stainless steel screen mesh with corrosion protection. Limited lifetime warranty on the frame construction. Clear visibility through our screens. They are built to last storm after storm, year after year. Stainless Steel Screen Shutters

  • “The Super Screen System”
  • “Toughest screen & door in world!”
  • Maximum Security With Aesthetic Appeal!
  • Long-term Durability!
  • Superior (award winning) Energy Savings!
  • Beautiful Designer Appearance!
  • Custom Built To Almost Any Shape!
  • Lifetime Construction Warranty!
  • Eliminates The Need For Bars!
  • Egress Option Is Available On All Screens!
  • Polyester Powder Coat Finish!
  • You Don’t Have To Sacrifice Your Safety Or Your View!
  • Easy Installation!
  • Approved Hurricane Shutter!

We invite you to review our hurricane shutters portfolio in Palm Beach and Monroe County .
Contact Cat 5 Shutters for a quote today.

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Bahama Hurricane Shutters For Your Islamorada Home

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 13, 2013

Bahama Hurricane Shutters For Your Islamorada HomeHurricane shutters are are designed to protect windows and doors during a hurricane. The design includes strong fixtures which will prevent the wind from ripping the shutter off, along with a sturdy construction which will resist flying debris and prevent crushing or breaching of the shutter. In areas where hurricanes are common, such as Florida Keys, public safety agencies and local governments usually strongly recommend that homeowners install hurricane shutters to safety, and to minimize costly damages caused by hurricanes and strong storms.

Hurricane shutters remain the most economical solution for most homeowners to protect window openings in a storm, although hurricane-proof glass is increasingly popular. Prepare ahead of time, say experts, particularly with panels and plywood protection. Make sure the right tools and hardward are on hand before the storm nears.
There are several types of hurricane shutters available that can prevent or minimize such damage. There are the Storm Panels, Accordion Shutters, Bahamas, Colonials and Roll-Up shutters. Generally rated for 140 MPH winds, any one, or a combination of these types can make a huge difference in a home’s ability to withstand hurricane force winds. All shutters are designed for a specific opening. The type of window or door may dictate the type of hurricane shutter that can be used. Today, we will cover Bahama Hurricane Shutters. Bahama Hurricane Shutters

Bahama Hurricane Shutters

The Bahama Shutters type is one of the most unique styled shutters on the market today. Made popular in coastal and tropical climates, the Bahama Shutter is a great addition to many homes. The Caribbean styling allows air to flow, while protecting the interior of your home from sun damage. Bahama Shutters keep the sun’s hot rays from ever hitting the glass in your windows, keeping the heat away from the interior of your home. Easy adjustment of the angle of the shutter provides privacy.

Bahama hurricane shutters are pre-installed & used as a shade when they are not required. However, they are available in various different prices but opting for a cheaper Bahama shutter may not make any sense since they might not ensure utmost protection against flying debris. Awning Shutters bear striking resemblance with Bahama shutters but the major conspicuous difference is that, it is awning which offers a shade in place of louvered shade in Awning shutters. In terms of prices also, Awning shutters are akin to Bahama shutters. The cost of these shutters may vary between $15-$20/square foot.

All Bahama shutters are extruded aluminum with a baked-on powder coat finish. Standard Bahama shutters colors are white, ivory, beige and black. Bahama Shutters attach with a top hinge and are supported with mill finish arms that telescope to allow for adjustment of shutter projection. Hurricane rated Bahama Shutters come with lock-down hardware.

These one-piece louvered shutters attach directly above the windows and prop open to provide shade for the window. Bahama shutters are storm-ready when lowered and secured to the wall.

PROS

Permanently affixed beside the windows and don’t require any extra storage space.
Can easily be made storm-ready by one person.
Provide permanent shade and privacy, even in the open position.

CONS

Have traditionally been weaker than other systems, but the newest models protect well.
Some people complain that they block too much light.
Design limits their use. They can’t be used to protect doors.

Choosing Hurricane Installation Company in Florida Keys

Look for hurricane installation company in your Florida Keys area the same way you go about choosing any company that performs a service. Make sure they are licensed, get references, and then check the references. Ask your neighbors and friends about who installed their shutters and if they had any complaints or recommendations. Check out a company with the Better Business Bureau, your local licensing authority, or contractor association.

Cat 5 Shutters, LLC.

Serving Locations Throughout Florida

Installing “Peace of Mind”

When it comes to securing the safety of your family, home and business during severe weather, only the finest storm protection will do. That’s why so many businesses and residents trust Cat 5 Shutters LLC, the world’s leading producer of hurricane shutters based out of West Palm Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County) to help protect the people and property they care about most during Hurricane Season… and throughout the year. Cat 5 Shutters has achieved a A ratings with the Better Business Bureau.

Cat 5 Shutters LLC is especially proud to introduce the most advanced Hurricane Protection systems on the market today. Our hurricane shutters are available in a wide array of designer styles, colors and will add value to your property and make it easier to secure your entire home than ever before!

Cat 5 Shutters LLC offer the finest and strongest hurricane shutters and storm protection on the market. All of our hurricane shutters are tested and approved by Miami-Dade County and the Florida building code (High velocity Hurricane Zone) which will guarantee the purchaser the highest level of “Peace of Mind” during a hurricane disaster. We manufacture a wide variety of hurricane shutters; Accordion Hurricane Shutters, Bahamas Hurricane Shutters, Colonial Hurricane Shutters, Roll Down Hurricane Shutters, Storm Hurricane Panels, Stainless Steel Hurricane Screens, and Roll Down Screens. Keeping Floridians safe against hurricanes, storms, intruders and the suns rays based out of West Palm Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County).

Listed below are some of the projects we have completed in Islamorada. Please review our hurricane shutters portfolio in Monroe County.

  1. Grainger 156 Biscayne Blvd Islamorada, FL 33036
  2. Huntington 240 Costa Brava Dr Islamorada, FL 33036
  3. Martin 260 Costa Brava Dr Islamorada, FL 33036
  4. Stine 252 Costa Bravo Dr Islamorada FL 33036
  5. Field 131 West Plaza Granada Islamorada, FL 33036
  6. Ocasio 178 Gulfview Dr Islamorada, FL 33036
  7. Vanetten 182 Gulfview Dr Islamorada, FL 33036
  8. USCG Station 183 Palermo Dr Islamorada, FL 33036
  9. Beachwood Condo Association 75811 Overseas Hwy Islamorada, FL 33036

We invite you to contact us today for more information, and discover the secret to enjoying unprecedented storm protection and “peace-of-mind” for many years to come!

Don’t get caught with a malfunctioning shutter during a hurricane!

When only the best will do, ask for Cat 5 Shutters, LLC. hurricane protection products.

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