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Save Money on Insurance Premiums and Protect Your Home Against Hurricanes

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 28, 2013

Save Money on Insurance Premiums and Protect Your Home Against HurricanesFloridians trying to save money on their home insurance premiums can guard against hurricanes at the same time.
What are the home improvements that can score consumers the most bang for their buck and are most likely to qualify for insurance discounts? Local inspectors and insurance agents offer the following advice:

To qualify for insurance discounts, it’s critical that improvements meet the most recent state and county building codes and requirements specified on the Office of Insurance Regulation’s inspection form to verify discounts.
Some consumers have reported not qualifying for discounts because the inspection form is unclear, and regulators are working to revise it. Homeowners with questions should provide detailed information in writing about the proposed upgrade to their agent and insurance company and request a written response about whether it qualifies.

Consumers with questions also can call the Department of Financial Services’ insurance consumer helpline at 877-693-5236.

With those caveats, most local inspectors and insurance agents listed these five upgrades:

1. Protect your windows. Protections such as shutters or hurricane-impact glass can cost a few hundred dollars to more than $10,000 and prevent your home from being destroyed by hurricane-force winds.

Dulce Suarez-Resnick, an insurance agent in Miramar, said shutters installed before 1996 are getting little or no discounts.”The biggest misconception is that you need to get accordion or impact glass windows to get the best discount and that is not the case. You can…install brand new panel shutters, as long as they are the current code,” she wrote in an email.

2. Storm PanelsCover all openings in the home, not just the windows. Doors, garage doors and skylights should also be protected with hurricane-resistant panels and materials. “There is a much bigger discount for all openings,” said Gerard Barra, of RCI Home and Mold Inspections Inc. in Boca Raton.

3. Replace the roof if it’s very old. Getting a new roof can be an expensive proposition, costing $5,000 to $50,000 depending on the size of a home and the roofing materials used. Still, it could pay off big-time in discounts and protection from hurricanes, especially if you’re replacing a shingle roof close to 25 years old or a tile roof close to 50 years old, said Suarez-Resnick.

Peggy Waite, a State Farm agent in Hollywood, added: “The absolute biggest discount above all others is a new roof.”

4. Get other protective features for the roof if you’re replacing it, such as single- or double-wrap roof-to-wall connections, said Ted Nelson, president of SkyeTec, a Jacksonville-based building inspections and consulting firm.
The connections add 10 percent to 30 percent to the cost of a new roof, said Steven Bates, project manager of Paul Bange in Davie. Whether hurricane discounts cover the cost depends on how long the homeowner stays in the house, he said.

Just before the roof is replaced – while the roof deck is exposed – the contractor can check for other features that might qualify for discounts, such as the nailing pattern.

Brand new homes should be built with hip roofs and reinforced masonry construction which should help score additional discounts, added Nelson, of SkyeTec.

5. Install another layer on your roof when you’re redoing it. It’s called a “secondary water barrier,” and it “does not add much cost to the re-roofing project but helps water from penetrating through the roof deck,” said Nelson.
Barra recommends consumers keep detailed records of home improvements, including photos, receipts, permits and correspondence with their insurance company, agents and inspectors regarding the upgrades and what qualifies for a discount.

“It is the responsibility of the homeowner to clearly show documentation to the insurance company for work [that has] been done,” he said, adding that the documents will help the consumer challenge a decision revoking legitimate discounts.

Don’t forget to take photos of the roof every year, Bates add. “The single biggest [reason] many insurance companies denied claims after Hurricane Wilma was because they said the roof damage was a pre-existing condition,” he said. “Have it inspected and documented by a licensed roofer before the hurricane, and most will do it at no charge.”

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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.

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Why Invest In Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 26, 2013

Why Invest In Hurricane ShuttersIf you live in an area at risk from hurricanes, one of the important safeguards you must have for your home is hurricane shutters. These shutters protect fragile windows from shattering due to high winds and debris common during hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends that people living in coastal counties from Maine down to Texas install hurricane shutters to protect glass areas on homes from breakage. Not only will glass breakage damage homes, but flying glass can also be deadly.

Hurricane shutters is the most economical way to protect your windows, your family, and your house during a storm. They also increase the value of your home, especially as buyers notice the increase of hurricanes in Florida and into Alabama. Safeguard your family and protect your investment by installing attractive and affordable hurricane shutters.

Benefits of Hurricane Shutters

When you live in coastal areas that may experience severe winds and raging weather, hurricane shutters can provide many benefits.

  • Eliminate Glass Breakage – With hurricane shutters in place over your glass doors and windows, you won’t have to worry about storms breaking the glass on your home.
  • Prevent Injury – Flying glass can cause serious injuries and even death to people in the path of the glass.
  • Installation – By installing hurricane shutters prior to the hurricane season, you won’t have to scramble to install them when a storm is approaching. Many types of hurricane shutters have simple designs that enable one person to maneuver them into place.
  • Resale Factor – When your home features hurricane shutters, you improve its value when selling. Prospective buyers will appreciate the fact that your home has hurricane shutters.
Hurricane Shutters Installation FAQ
What is a fair price for Hurricane Shutter Installation?

Costs vary with project size, job quality and time of year. For typical Hurricane Shutter Installation expect to pay between $3.05 to $3.81 per square foot. Additional fees are typically charged for small projects or rush jobs.

Is a permit needed for Hurricane Shutter Installation work?

Design approval and/or permits from your local building authority are usually required for Hurricane Shutter Installation. Verify requirements with your local building department before any Hurricane Shutter Installation work begins.

Is it worth using a professional to perform Hurricane Shutter Installation work?

The appearance, functionality and useful life of the hurrican shutter may be compromised by poor installation. Hire the service provider carefully and tie payment milestones to appropriate quality checks

Is Hurricane Shutter Installation something that I can do myself?

The typical Hurricane Shutter Installation project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Hurricane Shutter Installation requires considerable experience, skill and attention to detail. Do it yourself mistakes are noticeable, may be difficulty to remedy and may actually reduce the market value of the project and your home.

How many days are typically required to complete the Hurricane Shutter Installation work?

This work can be completed in 1 to 2 days.
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Cat 5 ShuttersWhen 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!

Hurricane Shutters Installation Projects in Palm Beach County

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Hurricane Shutters Cost Calculation in Your Area

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 24, 2013

Hurricane Shutters Cost Calculation in Your AreaHurricane 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, 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.

There are a number of different styles of hurricane shutters on the market, including roll down, accordion n, colonial, and Bahama shutters, along with storm panels. Many hardware and home supply stores carry these shutters and the installation equipment, and it is also possible to order them directly from manufacturers and suppliers.

The Homewyse Hurricane Shutter cost estimator provides up to date pricing information for your area. Enter your zip code, the size of your project below and click “Update”. The table below summarizes the average 2013 cost to install Hurricane Shutters in your area for good, better and custom quality work.

Visit the source to calculate your Hurricane Shutters cost in your area.

  • To avoid costly problems and get quality work at a fair price, have Hurricane Shutter installation completed by a licensed and bonded Deck Builder. Use the free Homewyse checklist for proven advice in finding, hiring and managing a trustworthy Deck Builder.
  • You may be able to save on Hurricane Shutter installation costs by hiring a Landscaping Contractor. Make sure that any prospective Landscaping Contractor has relevant Hurricane Shutter experience, that you verify past work, and that you follow the homewyse checklist.
  • Avoid costly warranty and maintenance problems for your Hurricane Shutter project. Use the homewyse Hurricane Shutter Installation checklists to make sure your project is completed with proper installation techniques and materials.
Hurricane Shutters – Pricing and Installation Cost Notes
  • Hurricane Shutter installation cost estimates typically require an onsite inspection – in most cases estimates are free, but will be accompanied by a strong sales pitch.
  • The homewyse cost estimates includes all typical costs for mounting hardware and shutter installation.
  • The homewyse installation cost estimate does not include costs for modifications to or reinforcement of exterior surfaces or building structure.
  • Higher priced Hurricane Shutters may include features such as sturdier and more durable shutters.
  • Cost ranges account for variations in contractor skill, job location and seasonal contractor wage rates.
  • Hurricane Shutter installation costs will approach the high end of the range in or near major metropolitan areas.
  • Save money on installation costs by being flexible on project scheduling – schedule your project during slow periods for the installer.
  • Save money on the total project by having multiple vendors bid on the same, complete description of Hurricane Shutter work for your project.
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When only the best will do, ask for Cat 5 Shutters LLC hurricane protection products.

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:

  • Licensed and Insured Contractor
  • Top rating by the Better Business Bureau
  • Established company that will be around for many years for service work
  • Ask for Testimonials from previous customers and for referrals in your area
  • 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.

Contact Cat 5 Shutters today for a free quote.

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How To Measure Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 21, 2013

How To Measure Hurricane ShuttersInstalling hurricane shutters may be necessary to protect your home and property from damages that can occur from strong winds during a hurricane. If hurricanes cause your doors or windows to shatter and break, high wind pressure may cause extensive damage to the inside of your home and in some cases, cause your roof to blow off. To select hurricane shutters that are best designed to protect your home, you must know how to measure your windows properly so you can choose the right shutter size. This blog talks about how to best measure your doors, windows, and other openings for hurricane shutters.

  1. Make a list of every location or opening in your home that will allow wind into your home if broken.Openings you should include on the list are doors, windows, vents, or sky lights. Designate columns for width and height on the paper to help you keep track of proper measurements and dimensions.
  2. Measure your windows and doors from outside of your house.This method will provide you with accurate measurements since you need to protect the inside of your home from outside winds. Place the beginning of your tape measure on the outside of the window or door’s rough opening. For example, if there is space between the window itself and the outside frame or exterior wall, include the length of the outside frame or exterior wall so you can cover the entire window opening area and not just the window itself. Stretch the tape measure across the width of the window or door to its opposite side to determine the correct length. Write the width of the opening into your notebook or paper under the appropriate column for that specific opening. Repeat the measuring steps to determine the height of the same opening and write the measurement in the corresponding column for height.
  3. Visit each opening in your home and repeat the measuring and documentation process.If you have windows with shapes other than squares or rectangles, measure each corner angle and side and write it down in your notebook. You may want to add up to 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) to each width and height measurement to provide an overlap of 4 inches (10.16 centimeters) on each side for extra security and protection. If you are ordering hurricane shutters from an online or local business, you may want to check with them before providing dimensions to see if they plan on adding extra length for overlap protection.
  4. Test the fit of your hurricane shutters.The plywood or material you use for your hurricane shutters should fit snugly within the inset of the outside opening of your door or window to provide the best protection.Source
Professional Installation of Hurricane Shutters

Professional installation relieves you of the burden of designing the shutter system and the physical task of installing them. It does not relieve you of the burden of selecting a reputable and competent installation company that is capable of designing shutter systems and then getting them installed.

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

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!

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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Hurricane Protection With Roll Down Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 19, 2013

Hurricane Protection With Roll Down Hurricane ShuttersThere are several types of products that qualify as “shutter” protection for your home. Each option meets current Florida Building Code standards, and will also satisfy insurance requirements. They fall into one of the following categories:

  • Manually Installed Aluminum Hurricane Panels
  • Manually Installed Clear Polycarbonate Hurricane Panels
  • Accordion Hurricane Shutters
  • Bahama Hurricane Shutters
  • Colonial Hurricane Shutters
  • Electric or Motorized Roll-Down Hurricane Shutters
  • Manual and Electric Roll-Down Hurricane Screens
  • Hurricane Fabric
  • Impact Resistant Hurricane Windows and Doors

Because each application has Florida Building Code approval, your choice should be based on your lifestyle and which product best fits the specific opening. You should consult with a professional licensed building contractor to determine what the best option is for an opening. Each application needs to be installed according to Florida Building Code specifications to meet the requirements of protection, which will satisfy local building codes and your insurance company. In this blog, we will cover Roll Down Hurricane Shutters.

Electric or Motorized Roll-Down Hurricane Shutters

Electric or motorized roll-down hurricane shutters might very well be considered to be the most convenient shutter option. Just a flip of a switch and your protection is in place. In some cases, you can also operate the shutter manually if there is a loss of power.

Electric or motorized roll-down shutters are a popular solution for lanai area of a home. They can be installed to easily enclose the entire lanai. Some people like the ability to leave patio furniture in place during a storm, which is easy to do with this shutter option. They also come in handy for everyday use by adding noise reduction, security and privacy when they are down.

They are always in place, affixed to the top of the opening and contained in a small box. This may be a deterrent to homeowners who don’t want to have this housing visible, especially on the front of the home. Another feature of Roll Down Shutters are how easy they are to deploy! You can choose a manual crank or add a motor for “flip a switch” convenience. If you aren’t going to be home for a day or gone for a year, secure your home before you leave and enjoy the security of knowing your home is protected.

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. Protecting you, your family and your home even when you are not there, this highly innovative and advanced design is like having a bulletproof vest for the vulnerable openings of your home. Additionally, the Storm Catcher Rolling Screen can cover large openings while the cutting-edge mesh structure filters in light, allowing you to see out.

  • Always in place, ready for use
  • Withstands hurricane force winds and impact from flying debris
  • Operates from inside or outside the home
  • Can easily be deployed manually or electronically with optional remote control
  • Provides privacy and keeps the lanais clean of rain, dust and debris
  • Reduces sun glare
  • Increases the resale value of your home
  • filters light in, allowing you to see outside.
  • blocks 97 percent of all wind and rain, protecting the envelope of your home.
  • meets stringent Florida Building Codes.
  • eliminates that cave-like feeling produced by aluminum and steel shutters.
  • peace of mind during storms. Source
Hurricane Shutters Installation Company In South Florida

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! 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! 1-877-CAT-FIVE

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:

  • Licensed and Insured Contractor
  • Top rating by the Better Business Bureau
  • Established company that will be around for many years for service work
  • Ask for Testimonials from previous customers and for referrals in your area

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

Palm Beach County
Monroe County

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Hurricane Shutters Buyers Guide

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 17, 2013

Hurricane Shutters Buyers GuideProperty 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.

“Hurricane season” refers to the months of each year that have been historically accompanied by hurricanes or tropical storms. The recognized hurricane season is from June through November each year. The peak season occurs between August to October, with mid-September as the pinnacle. Each period is unpredictable, delivering mild tropical storms with moderate rains and winds or Category 5 hurricanes resulting in extensive damages.
We are currently in hurricane season. If you are a Florida resident and looking into hurricane preparations tips, the guide below will help you make an informed decision.

There are a host qualified hurricane protection products for your home. Each of the listed options below meets current Florida Building Code (FBC) standards, and can also satisfy insurance requirements. FBC is in most aspects similar to the International Building Code (IBC) with respect to the testing and approval of hurricane shutters.

Furthermore, the Miami-Dade County norms, often considered the most stringent requirements for hurricane shutters, rely on self-developed testing methods referred to as TAS.

Passing the tests prescribed by the TAS norms is required only for shutters approved for use in the Florida HVHZ (High Velocity Hurricane Zone). FBC will accept testing performed by TAS methods for inclusion in the FBC Database of approved building products. Both Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida maintain web-searchable databases of products approved for use as hurricane protection.

Aluminum Hurricane Panels

Hurricane panels secure to the outside of a house using bolts or tracks. They deliver excellent protection for doors and windows without changing the look of your house.

The panels are measured and cut to cover the opening, and can be affixed to the house with a track or secured directly to the structure. The window will be completely covered when installed, and you can’t see out of the window once they are in place.

This is generally the least expensive type of shutter protection. The panels are lightweight, making them easy to carry, but can be awkward when installing over large openings. When not in use, storm panels should be stored in an easy to reach location.

  • Inexpensive
  • Removable
  • Simple to Store
  • Easy to Install
Clear Polycarbonate Hurricane Panels

Also known as Lexan panels, polycarbonate hurricane panels are transparent allowing light through the opening. The panels are heat-formed into a corrugated shape to further increase impact resistance.

Like aluminum hurricane panels, they are lightweight and strong and can be installed vertically or horizontally to meet the needs of the opening. These panels are put up when there is threat of a storm, and taken down after.

The panels are measured and cut to cover the opening, and can be affixed to the house with a track or secured directly to the structure. The window will be completely covered when installed, and you will be able to see out of the window once they are in place.

The panels are lightweight, making them easy to carry, but can be awkward when installing over large openings. You will also need a place to store the panels when they are not in use.

  • Lightweight
  • Removable
  • Simple to Store
  • Easy to Install
Accordion Hurricane Shutters

Accordion ShuttersAccordion shutters unfold easily to cover and protect during a storm. When not in use, they remain permanently affixed to your window, which eliminates the need for storage.

They are made from a lightweight aluminum and installed into tracks on the top and bottom that guide the movement of the shutters as well as hold them in place. The top track holds a wheel carriage that adds to ease of movement. These are manually operated.

Accordion hurricane shutters need to be maintained by lubricating and cleaning annually. You won’t need to worry about storage as they are left in place retracted when not in use.

  • Can double as a security measure.
  • Easy to deploy by one person.
  • Eliminate the need for storage.
Bahama Hurricane Shutters

Bahama ShuttersBahama hurricane shutters resemble decorative shutters that typify the look and feel of a tropical home.

These one-piece hurricane shutters attach directly above your windows. Prop them open to shade the window and lower and secure them the wall for quick storm-ready protection.

  • Minimum maintenance.
  • Easily operated by one person.
  • Aligns with architecture of your home.
  • No storage necessary.
Colonial Hurricane Shutters

Colonial ShuttersColonial hurricane shutters are also permanently affixed to the structure, and considered “decorative”. Like Bahama hurricane shutters, when they are made of material strong enough to withstand hurricane force winds, and installed to meet current building code standards, they serve as viable protection for your home. They can also be easily closed in the event of a storm.

  • Minimum maintenance.
  • Can be automatically deployed.
  • Easily operated by one person.
  • Aligns with architecture of your home.
  • No storage necessary.
Manual or Electric Roll-Down Hurricane Shutters

Roll Down ShuttersProperly installed rolling shutters have minimum impact on the architectural integrity of your property. When not in use, they are stored in an enclosed box above your window. When needed for storm protection, you can manually lower them with crank handles from inside or outside the building or, automatically lower them with a motor, in which case manual overrides are included.

Electric or motorized roll-down shutters are a popular solution for lanai area of a home. They can be installed to easily enclose the entire lanai. In addition to storm protection, rolling shutters function for security, light and sound control and insulation.

  • Can be automatically deployed.
  • Easily operated by one person.
  • Aligns with architecture of your home.
  • No storage necessary.
  • Excellent theft deterrent.

Impact Resistant Hurricane Windows and Doors

Impact resistant hurricane windows and doors are not considered “shutters”. They are an alternative to shutters that offer full-time protection against the elements, intruders, UV rays and noise. This is generally going to be the most expensive option in hurricane protection.

The benefit of total home replacement of windows and doors with impact resistant products is that you never have to think about it again. Once installed by a qualified, licensed professional your protection is in place 24-7-365.

If your windows and doors need to be replaced, you might give serious consideration to replacing them with impact resistant hurricane windows and doors. The cost of replacing a window or door with a non-impact product and then adding a shutter to meet current codes is very close to replacing the opening with an impact product.

  • Always deployed.
  • No maintenance.
  • Least obtrusive of all protection systems.
  • No storage necessary.
Final Considerations

Typically the least expensive option will be the most labor intensive and conversely, the most expensive options will be the most worry-free. Keep in mind that the front of your home has the highest aesthetical priority. You want protection in place that doesn’t detract from the architecture.

The back of your home will take the next level of priority, and typically will be the most expensive area to protect due to the fact that you generally see the most glass in the back. You can generally save a great deal on the back of the home with shutters vs. impact-resistant doors and windows.

The sides of your home usually are the last priority. Although they can’t be seen, it is still vital to protect the openings as they are vulnerable.

Since each application has Florida Building Code approval, your choice should be based on your lifestyle and which product best fits the specific opening. You should consult with a professional licensed building contractor to determine what the best option is for an opening. Each application needs to be installed according to Florida Building Code specifications to meet the requirements of protection, which should satisfy your insurance company as well. Source

Hurricane Shutters Company Serving Palm Beach and Monroe Counties

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).

Palm Beach County
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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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Interior and Exterior Window Shutters for Your Home

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 14, 2013

Interior and Exterior Window Shutters for Your HomeFlorida is the hurricane capital of the United States and no matter where you live in the Sunshine State, you are vulnerable to the effects of a hurricane. History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Pre-season forecasts can estimate how many storms may develop within a given season, but they cannot tell where storms will make landfall.

If you have not already made preparation for hurricane season 2013, now is the time to make preparations so that you can protect yourself, your home and your business in the event that tropical system threatens your area.

Hurricane shutters remain the most economical solution for most homeowners to protect window openings in a storm, although hurricane-proof glass is increasingly popular.

There are two types of window shutters: internal and external.

Exterior Window Shutters

Colonial Hurricane ShuttersExternal window shutters are installed on the exterior of a home and come in two types:

  1. Protective: Some shutters are used to provide protection from extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes, tornados, or storms. They’re attached to the exterior of your home with hinges, so you can close them over the windows to prepare for storms.
  2. Decorative: Some shutters are non-operating and used for decorative purposes only and simply placed on either side of your outside windows. They can add greatly to the exterior look of a home.

Exterior shutters can be made out of wood, vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass, plastic, or steel depending on the type of shutter you want.

Wood exterior shutters are usually sold unfinished, and you’ll need to paint them yourself. Vinyl shutters typically offer the greatest variety of color choices and can match almost any desired color scheme.

There are more economical alternatives to wooden shutters. Non-operating vinyl shutters are fast becoming the most popular type of shutter because they’re easy to install, highly durable, long lasting, and cheaper than shutters made of other materials. Although vinyl shutters aren’t the best choice for protective exterior needs, they’re ideal for decorative additions. Vinyl shutters also require very little maintenance after they’re installed and are very easy to install by do-it-yourself enthusiasts. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, installing exterior, non-operational vinyl shutters might be a perfect home project.

Interior Window Shutters

Internal window shutters are used primarily for privacy and security. Unlike draperies, internal shutters allow you to control the amount of light that is filtered into a room.

Interior shutters are typically made of wood composite or plastic. They can be either solid panels with hinges which open and close, or they may have horizontal slats that can be opened or closed, either just a little or a lot, to let in desired amounts of light and privacy. They’re installed in the home and are attached to the inside of your windows. The solid shutter panels also usually have accordion-style vertical folds that can be closed over a window or folded back and open to allow maximum light into a room. Newer interior shutters with movable horizontal slats, known as louvered interior shutters, are highly customizable and allow you to adjust how much light you want to let into your home. With louvered shutters, you can also adjust privacy levels so you decide how much someone outside can see into your home. All interior shutters are usually made to custom-fit your windows and come in a great variety of styles and colors. Source

Hurricane Shutters Installation

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

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 Shutters, Bahamas Shutters, Colonial Shutters, Roll Down Shutters, Storm Panels, Stainless Steel 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).

Hurricane Shutters in South Florida

Palm Beach County
Monroe County

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!

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

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Maintaining Your Hurricane Shutters To Ensure Proper Function

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 12, 2013

Maintaining Your Hurricane Shutters To Ensure Proper FunctionMany people use hurricane shutters for protection against strong winds of 75 miles per hour and more, as they serve the only line of defense from flying debris and rain from a hurricane. It is important to continue bi-yearly maintenance on your hurricane shutters.

A few steps which can be completed to make sure your shutters are ready for hurricane season are:

  1. Open and close the hurricane shutters at least once every 6 months, agitating all moving parts.
  2. Apply a light lubricant like L.C. Wax from Protexall, to the vertical slats and all moving parts.
  3. Remove excessive dirt, and debris which can cause build up in the track system and not allow your hurricane shutters to function properly.

Contact a hurricane shutter company in your area to get a knowledgeable feedback and advise to make sure all your hurricane shutters are properly functioning.

You paid to have storm shutters for your home, but would you know what to do to install them quickly and efficiently if a storm were approaching?

South Florida shutter experts recommend doing a run through on at least a few of the windows in your home if you have the kind of shutters you attach by screws so you’ll be sure you can install them when the time comes. Source

You should have shutter panels stored in a dry space, have them marked so you know which go with each window and door opening, and have screws and nuts protected in a plastic bag. Make sure you have screwdrivers or drills capable of tightening bolts charged and ready to go, and always consider recruiting a neighbor or friend to help.

Purchasing shutters and having them professionally installed is only the first step. Planning, practice and a willingness to ask for help can go a long way, says Thomas Johnston, president of the International Hurricane Protection Association, a nonprofit that educates the public and government agencies about hurricane and windstorm protection products and policies.

“I am astounded that homeowners do not take hurricane preparedness and protection more seriously,” said Johnston, who also is director of research and development for Town & Country Industries, a wholesale distributor of aluminum and building products, including hurricane protection products. “Consumers often do not perform trial runs so they know how much time to allocate to installing their shutters. This takes longer to install than you think, but a lot of people think, ‘We’ll just slide them in and screw them. That should only take a few minutes per opening.’ Wrong.”

Key tips to keep in mind before the next major storm arrives:

Safety is rule No. 1: Shutter slats are deceptively dangerous. Most are made of aluminum and have sharp edges. Wear heavy gloves, closed-toe shoes and long pants to reduce the possibility of the metal cutting your skin. And never carry more than one panel at a time. The panels have ridges and it is tempting to stack a few together and try to carry them all at once. “But one could slip out and fall, cutting your leg or foot badly,” Johnston said. When Hurricane Frances struck in 2004, doctors in Palm Beach and Broward counties said the most common injuries were cuts and bruises sustained by people trying to put up hurricane shutters and plywood.

Panels may vary from one manufacturer to another. Sometimes one flange (where the holes are for the screws or wingnuts) is wider than another. The narrower flange goes on the left if you go left to right. Some panels will have an arrow or the word “Up” printed in them. Make sure they all go on the same way. Read any instructions that came with the shutters carefully. If lost, contact the manufacturer or dealer. Many shutters have 12-inch hole patterns for the screws, but you also may see holes spaced six inches apart so that you can overlap them at the end if that fits your opening better. When installed properly, all panels should overlap. Lubricate all hardware with a wax or similar products found at your

Make time to do the job right: Every homeowner should do a dry run every year or two, ideally installing shutters panels on each window and door opening to make sure you know how long the job takes and that you have the right accessories (bolts, screws, drill bits). A number of things typically happen. Anchors that are not lubricated and maintained can freeze up.

Do not panic: Stress reduces common sense. Johnston says he can’t count the stories he’s heard of owners who have two-story homes but no ladder to reach second-floor windows. Purchase a ladder now, or make arrangements with a neighbor or friend to borrow one at time of need. Avoid improvising (standing on tables or stacked chairs, for instance).

Get a hurricane buddy. If you team up with one or two other homeowners, you can help each other install panels at each home until the jobs are done. You’ll get done faster and can share tools and tips. If you run out of time, stay at the home that is shuttered completely until the storm passes.

Hurricane Protection From Cat 5 Shutters

Cat 5 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).

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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Problems With Plywood Used As Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 10, 2013

Problems With Plywood Used As ShuttersVery often plywood is used for shuttering, but for heavier-duty applications and exceptionally large concrete structures, steel shuttering may be a more appropriate material. Plywood is often used because it is lightweight and inexpensive, and while steel can be more costly, heavier, and more difficult to transport and store, it is a much stronger material that will withstand heavier amounts of weight from concrete in its liquid and solid forms. Large construction projects are likely to feature steel shuttering structures, especially if the steel will remain as part of the concrete structure once the concrete has set.

Plywood is very durable, but the application requires strong, able-bodied people. In addition, property damage is incurred in both the application process and the removal process.

There is no argument plywood is a very effective material when applied as hurricane proofing on windows or used as a deterrent against looting during riots on storefront windows. However a few problems arise (source):

Cost

Purchasing plywood to hurricane proof windows is expensive and reserved for a small percentage of the population who can afford it. This does not include costs of fasteners (nails), tools, transportation and installation (see Time & Labor) of materials.

Time and Labor

Depending on the size of project, an entire day or more is required to install plywood. In some cases, depending on the consumer (seniors, disabled, maternal), hiring a handyman at hourly rates is required. More time and labor is expended during plywood removal.

Availability

In the days leading up to a major storm, suppliers often run out of stock as suppliers have limited retail space in which to store plywood. Consumers also tend to horde the less expensive grades of wood.

Storability

The challenges of where to store the wood when its usefulness has past. Trying to keep large amounts of plywood dry and rot free requires a lot of storage space.

Damage

Incurred during installation and removal of plywood. Holes, scratches, and other damage is left behind from screws, nails, and power tools.

Injury

Risk of injury to consumer in his or her attempts to install and remove plywood, especially in dealing with tall buildings.

Visibility

Plywood will reject sunlight, rendering the interior of the house in blackout during possible power failure. It will also hamper rescue efforts if rescuers are unable to visually determine if the property is occupied.

Safety

Although applying plywood to windows does provide storm protection, a direct impact by a foreign object will transmit energy through the plywood causing the glass to shatter, exposing the occupants to possible injury. Source

Steel Material for Your Window Shutters

Steel shuttering refers to steel panels or structures that are put in place ahead of the pouring of concrete. The panels are held in place with rods or connecting pins known as false work. Steel shuttering is used to create a mold in which concrete can be poured and set to create a concrete structure. The panels are often temporary supports that are removed after the concrete has set, though in some instances, the steel panels are kept in place as a permanent part of the structure.

There are various types of steel shuttering available. Some of it can be exceptionally lightweight but rigid, featuring ridges that allow better adhesion to the concrete. Such ridges or corrugation also allows for a certain amount of flex in the concrete as it expands or contracts depending on the temperature and the amount of moisture. Corrugated steel is often used as shuttering if the steel will be left in place as a permanent feature of the structure. Thicker steel without corrugation will generally be used as a temporary mold that will be removed once the concrete has set.

Storm Panel Hurricane Shutters From Cat 5 Shutters

Storm Panel Aluminum ShuttersThese 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.

Pros
  • Most inexpensive of the permanent shutter systems
  • Removable, so they don’t change the look of the house when not in use
  • Strong, and can provide excellent protection for both doors and windows

Cons
  • Require storage, but usually stack together tightly and take up little space
  • Can be difficult to handle; hanging can require more than one person
  • Sometimes don’t line up properly
  • Have sharp edges

There are several styles of storm panels to choose from.

  1. The first style incorporates both tracks and bolts. The top of the panel is slipped into a track above the window, and the bottom of the panel is secured to bolts that are permanently attached beneath the window.
  2. The second style uses a set of C-shaped tracks above and below the windows and doors. Bolts slide into the tracks from either side and must be manually aligned with the holes on the panels.
  3. The third style uses only bolts permanently set into the wall beside the windows and doors. They can be loosened as the panel is hung horizontally, and screwed down to secure it.

NOTE: The biggest problem with storm panels is that homeowners often don’t check them when they buy a home. Many discover later that panels are missing or were cut improperly, or are too heavy to install themselves.

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

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 Shutters, Bahamas Shutters, Colonial Shutters, Roll Down Shutters, Storm Panels, Stainless Steel 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).

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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Materials, Standards and Functionality of Commercial Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 7, 2013

Materials, Standards and Functionality of Commercial Hurricane ShuttersIf your home isn’t secured with a shutter system, now is the time to move this item to the top of your to-do list. Shutters are important not only to protect your windows from flying debris but also to prevent your home from being breached with hurricane-force winds if a window breaks. When the wind gets in your home, it places intense pressure on interior walls and can lead to a roof collapse.

Hurricane shutters are the most important protection and 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. Here’s the lowdown on hurricane shutters and window protection.

Commercial hurricane shutters can be made of many different materials, from wood to aluminum. Each option provides a different amount of protection and functionality and costs a different price. Shutters should meet certain standards according to the severity and frequency of hurricanes where the shutters are installed.
Miami-Dade and Broward counties are both considered high-wind-velocity areas, and have the most stringent standards in the state, said Jaime Gascon, Miami-Dade product control section supervisor.

When shopping for shutter systems, make sure the products say Miami-Dade approved — which meets all standards in the state.

Hurricane Shutters Materials

The cheapest material an effective shutter can be made from is plywood. Many people who cannot afford commercial shutters buy and construct their own temporary shutters from plywood using simple brackets. Shutters can also be made from any type of wood that is thicker and tougher than plywood, as well as aluminum or heavy steel, each offering successively more protection.

Thickness of Hurricane Shutters

Commercial hurricane shutters have a minimum thickness suggestion of 5/8 inch. Flying debris may break through wood shutters thinner than 5/8 inch during a hurricane. The thickness of the shutter is also important regardless of the material the shutter is made from. If fast flying debris hits the shutter with enough force, the shutter itself could slam against and break glass windows or doors.

Functionality of Hurricane Shutters

Shutters can be either manual or automatic. When deciding on which type of shutter to purchase, consider your needs and lifestyle. An elderly person might require an automatic accordion shutter that closes at the touch of a button. However, convenience is more expensive, and those who do not need this function may prefer a cheaper, hardwood shutter that must be closed manually. All automatic shutters should have a manual backup system in case power is lost during a hurricane.

Considerations for Huricane Shutters

Choosing a company to make and install your commercial shutters is an important decision. While many companies offer this service, make sure the company you choose is licensed, has good references and provides the proper material and protection for the price. Call the references given by the company for reviews of the product. Contact the Better Business Bureau to make sure the company you buy from is listed with a positive standing.

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 Shutters, Bahamas Shutters, Colonial Shutters, Roll Down Shutters, Storm Panels, Stainless Steel 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).

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!

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

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