Hurrican Shutters

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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!


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