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Hurricane Shutters For The Political Wind

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on February 26, 2014

Hurricane Shutters For The Political WindWe are inviting you to read a wonderful post written by Dave Berry:

I figured out what the Florida primary reminds me of: A hurricane.

Think about it: When a hurricane forms, at first you don’t pay much attention, because it’s far away and you don’t think it’s going to affect you. But then, as it comes closer and excitable local TV weather people start tracking it on radar, you become increasingly nervous. Finally you go to Publix and join the hordes of alarmed Floridians buying vital emergency supplies such as canned meat to replace the unused canned meat you bought during the previous hurricane.

Likewise, last year, when candidates started campaigning for the Iowa caucuses, you didn’t pay attention, because (a) Iowa is a distant place that you are always confusing with other flat soybean-infested states such as Kansas, and (b) nobody understands how the Iowa caucuses work anyway. Apparently even the Iowans don’t really understand them; they’re still trying to figure out who won this time around, with the current front-runner being Gerald Ford.

But then, after Iowa, the candidates moved to New Hampshire, which is a little closer to Florida. Then they moved to South Carolina, and suddenly the horrible truth hit you: They’re coming HERE.

This is where my hurricane analogy breaks down. Because when we know a hurricane is coming, we wisely prepare for it. But when a major political campaign is coming — even when we have plenty of warning — we sit around like morons and let it slam directly into us.

How can you protect yourself from a presidential primary? I’ll tell you. As soon as you know that a campaign is going to hit Florida, you should go to Home Depot and buy sheets of plywood three-quarters of an inch thick. You should take these home, cut them to size, and then, using a hammer and nails, fasten them firmly to every TV screen in your house. You should also fill your bathtub with water, add about a cup of bleach, and drop in all your radios.

These simple steps will protect you and your family from the toxic spew of political attack ads that run nonstop on all media outlets, so that no matter what channel you change to, you hear sneering announcers telling you one appalling thing after another:

“…can we really trust Mitt Romney, a Massachusetts liberal who…”

“…bloat-faced beltway insider Newt Gingrich drank champagne while thousands of Florida homeowners lost their…”

“…a Massachusetts socialist who…”

“…raked in millions from lobbyists while Florida homeowners were selling their kidneys to pay for…”

“…apparently wears some kind of secret cult underwear…”

“…CLAIMS he never performed a human sacrifice on behalf of Fannie Mae, but can we really…”

“…a Massachusetts communist who fought for Fidel and…”

“…CLAIMS he never bludgeoned any of his wives to death with a hatchet, but can we really…”

And so on. I think you’ll agree that the destruction of your household electronics is a small price to pay for reducing your family’s exposure to these ads. Another option is to call FPL and ask them to send out a crew to cut off the power to your house.

The main thing is, you need to have a plan, because it’s only a matter of time before we get nailed again. Finally, we should remember that even though this primary campaign is leaving Florida, millions of innocent Americans still lie directly in its path. We should do what we can to help them. I for one am willing to donate a large quantity of canned meat.

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Florida Keys Storm Panels and Hurricane Shutters @ CAT 5 Hurricane Shutters Florida

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on February 25, 2014

Florida Keys Storm Panels and Hurricane Shutters @ CAT 5 Hurricane Shutters FloridaAt Cat 5 Hurricane Shutters of the Florida Keys we design, manufacture and install hurricane shutters, window shutters, storm shutters accordion hurricane shutters according to the Florida Building Code.

If you would like the best hurricane shutters Islamorada has available, then have a look at CAT5 Shutters and choose from the many styles of inexpensive exterior shutters we carry. Keep your home and your family protected, and install the finest Islamorada hurricane shutters and rest easy in your new storm shelter. When it comes to installing storm windows, don’t procrastinate so that even in the middle of hurricane season, you can feel safe knowing that your home is protected with the ultimate Islamorada CAT 5 Shutters. If you want to protect your home with hurricane shutters Islamorada pounding weather will have a losing battle against, then jump into action and order your custom-made storm panels at Cat 5 Shutters, LLC. Hurricane shutters also work well as tornado storm windows, so preserve the investment you have made on your residence by purchasing the most dependable hurricane shutters Islamorada can produce. Storm windows also defend your business against the storm, so make sure that your office has the best Islamorada CAT 5 hurricane shutters installed right away. When it comes to window security, be proactive, and have your windows and doors fitted with storm windows and be prepared for the storm when it hits with trusted Islamorada CAT 5 hurricane shutters. The simple act of installing storm windows or protective exterior shutters to your home can alleviate much stress and worry that is often experienced by people during a hurricane, so don’t wait to install hurricane shutters Islamorada believes are truly the best. CAT 5 Hurricane Shutters http://www.cat5shutters.net supplies the best quality and code compliant storm windows and panels, so you can rest assured that you are receiving the ultimate Islamorada CAT 5 hurricane shutters out there. www.cat5shutters.net  puts your home’s well-being in the hands of the top professionals in Islamorada, and our great staff who are well trained in all matters of exterior shutters will be glad to be of assistance. When a hurricane hits, Cat 5 hurricane shutters can shield your family from various situations, such as intruders or flying debris, so when you are home is at its most vulnerable and you need hurricane protection, you can trust us. If you want to know exactly how much your Islamorada Cat 5 hurricane shutters for your home will cost, just choose the storm windows that best suit you and check out our price page with your required measurements. No matter what your budget is, we have the largest selection of exterior shutters, both permanent and removable, so no matter what type of hurricane shutters you are looking for, we’ve got them.

We are licensed and insured (CGC1517869).Contact us to schedule a free estimate at 305-852-2285 or visit us online at http://www.cat5shutters.net.

We Specialize In:
South Florida Hurricane Wind & Storm Damage Prevention: High Impact Windows and Doors, Accordion Shutters, Roll Away Shutters, Storm Panels, Roofing, Roof Repair, and Remodeling from low rise Residential Homes and Condos to Commercial or Office Buildings.
Protecting South Florida, including Palm Beach County, and the Florida Keys since 2003:
Upper keys
Keys in Monroe County,
Key Largo
Plantation Key
Windley Key
Upper Matecumbe Key
Lignumvitae Key
Lower Matecumbe Key
Middle keys
Craig Key
Fiesta Key
Long Key (formerly known as Rattlesnake Key)
Conch Key
Duck Key
Grassy Key
Crawl Key
Long Point Key
Fat Deer Key
Key Vaca
Boot Key
Knight’s Key
Pigeon Key

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Top 5 U.S. Hurricane Wake-Up Calls

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on February 24, 2014

Top 5 U.S. Hurricane Wake-Up Calls“I didn’t think it could happen here.”

“I’ve lived here for decades and never expected anything like this.”

“We were caught off guard.”

The words of people caught in the aftermath of a hurricane – especially a particularly strong or large one – often reflect the fact that at any one location, a damaging and deadly hurricane is a fairly rare occurrence. While it is obviously a good thing that they don’t strike more often, there is a hidden danger there: we are often lulled into complacency and the belief that the chances are so small that we don’t really need to make the serious preparations we often hear we should.

There’s another, related curveball that hurricanes of the past throw at us. If we experience any part of a hurricane, even the outer fringes, we sometimes think we “went through it”.

Consider that back in 1983, I “went through” Hurricane Alicia in the Houston, Texas area. It was one of the scariest nights of my life. Fact is, though, that I directly experienced only winds of tropical storm force on the comparatively weaker side of the circulation in the western suburbs.

Many people probably remember certain hurricanes that hit their general area, while the brunt of the storm hit a few miles away and spared them the worst. Nearby areas surrounding those that were devastated might not be as fortunate next time.

So, combining all of the above, the ultimate wake-up call is a devastating hurricane that is the first that has hit an area in a long time but spares particular cities or neighborhoods. All of the hurricanes on this year’s list have both historical attributes.

People who ahead of time had an evacuation plan, enough insurance, sufficient supplies, and window coverings that are tested, approved, and properly installed, usually fared much better after a hurricane than those who didn’t. So, there is a need to do everything possible to convince ourselves we are hurricane-vulnerable – to the point we make these preparations, even if we’ve not been hit by a hurricane in a long time, or even if the worst parts of nearby hurricanes appear to keep missing us.

CAT 5 Hurricane Shutters is located in West Palm Beach, Florida, Palm Beach County. We design, manufacture and install hurricane shutters according to the 2010 FL bldg. codes. We are licensed CGC # 1517869.

We service Palm Beach County, Broward County as well as the upper and middle Florida Keys in Florida. We are licensed and insured. CGC# 157869.

We service Palm Beach County, includes cities such as Atlantic, Boca Raton, DelRay Beach, Boynton Beach, Greenacres, Hypoluxo, Jupiter, Lake Clarke Shore, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lantana, North Palm beach, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, West Palm Beach and Wellington. In Broward County we have worked in cities such as City of Coral Springs, City of Deerfield Beach, City of North Lauderdale, Lauderdale by the Sea, North Lauderdale, Lighthouse Pointe, Miramar, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pompano Beach, Plantation, as well as the upper and middle Florida Keys in Florida. We are licensed and insured.
Contact us for a free estimate at (561) 333-2285 or http://www.cat5shutters.net

No 5 Wake-up Call – Irene (2011) – Northeast

Irene was the first significant hurricane threat to the northeastern U.S. in 20 years, since Bob in 1991. While it was ultimately a tropical storm when it made final landfall in the region, it produced historic inland flooding in portions of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, New York and the New England states.
In addition, due to Irene’s large size, storm surge caused significant damage in places such as coastal Connecticut and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and extensive power outages resulted from strong winds. Overall, however, the region – especially the largest cities – avoided devastating wind and storm surge impacts, which could have occurred had Irene been a hurricane or especially a major hurricane.

No 4 Wake-up Call – Ike (2008) – Gulf Coast
While Ike was not a major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale) at landfall in Texas, it was large in size and certainly produced major impacts, especially from the destructive storm surge.
As bad as it was, a stronger hurricane coming ashore a little farther southwest along the coast would have been even worse for Galveston and Houston. No major hurricane has made landfall on the Upper Texas Coast since Alicia in 1983, but Ike serves as a reminder of the long history of southeast Texas major hurricanes, and that the next one has the potential to more seriously impact some places than did Ike.

NO 3 Wake-up Call – Isabel (2003) – Mid-Atlantic
Isabel was arguably the most significant tropical cyclone to affect eastern Virginia in almost 50 years. Although the center of the Category 2 hurricane came ashore in North Carolina, it produced hurricane conditions in southeastern Virginia. In addition, its large circulation pushed a significant amount of ocean water into and up the Chesapeake Bay, leading to storm surges of 4-6 feet along the Virginia coast.

Isabel would have been much more impactful in Virginia, however, had Isabel’s winds been stronger there, and future hurricane impacts could be far more significant than either Isabel or last year’s Irene.

No 2 Wake-up CALL – Charley (2004) – Florida
When the 2004 hurricane season began, it had been 44 years since a major hurricane made landfall along the west coast of the Florida peninsula (excluding the panhandle).
Charley then came ashore in Charlotte County in August 2004, and at Category 4 it was the strongest U.S. hurricane at landfall since Andrew (1992).

Although it caused about $15 billion in damage and claimed 10 lives in the U. S., the scope of the damages and suffering would likely have been even worse if the hurricane had been larger, since a broader area would have experienced hurricane-force winds, and it would have been able to produce a much higher storm surge.
In addition, most of the largest metro areas on Florida’s west coast, including Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota, and Tampa Bay, were overall spared from devastating damages. Charley showed everyone in these areas how plausible it is to have a major hurricane impact them in the future.

No 1 Wake-up Call – Hugo (1989) – Southeast
Hurricane Hugo approaches the South Carolina coast in September 1989.
Hugo was the first major hurricane to make landfall in South Carolina in 30 years and the first Category 4+ landfall in the U.S. in 20 years, and at the time it was the costliest hurricane in U. S. history with about $7 billion in damage.

Hugo, however, was not a worst-case, square-on direct hit at Charleston. To be sure, many downtown buildings were significantly damaged, but with landfall of the center of the eye occurring just up the coast to the northeast of the city, and with strongest winds north of there, Charleston escaped what would have been far more devastating storm surge flooding.

Nearly another quarter century has passed without a landfalling major hurricane in South Carolina. Hopefully, the lessons of Hugo are enough to help motivate people to prepare for the next one, including evacuating Charleston for the potential of deadly and damaging storm surge.

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Maintaining Your Accordion Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on February 17, 2014

Maintaining Your Accordion ShuttersInstructions

1 Maintain the tracks at the top and bottom of the window. Clean them of any debris using water and a rag. When dry, apply a thin layer of white or aluminum lubricant along the inside of both tracks.

2 Open and close the accordion shutters several times to thoroughly lubricate the tracks and wheels. Make sure to do this while the lubricant is still moist.

3 Leave the shutter open in order to clean the slats. For light dirt, use a cloth rag dampened with water. If accordion shutter dirt is hard to remove, use an all-purpose cleaner suited to the shutter acrylic or laminated slats. For wooden slats, use a wood cleaner.

4 Clean the other side of the accordion shutters by opening the window and taking out the screen. This will give you access to the inside of the shutter when it is open and extended across the window. Use the same cleaning techniques as you used on the front side.

5 Test your shutters regularly. Open and close them, keeping an eye on the tracks and other movable parts. Examine the mounting fasteners to make sure that none are broken. Consider keeping a stockpile of extra fasteners in case of emergency as these may break during a storm.

CAT 5 Shutters, LLC services all types of shutters. Give us a call today. Toll Free at 1-877-CAT-FIVE or visit us on the web at  www.cat5shutters.net

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The 11 Worst Hurricanes

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on February 14, 2014

The 11 Worst Hurricanes

The 11 Worst Hurricanes:

For many South Floridians, the big question during hurricane season is: What’s it like? Every storm is different, but one way to answer that question is to explore hurricane history. Here you’ll find profiles of storms that South Florida will never forget. For each storm, we’ve gathered storm data, photos and the front page of the Fort Lauderdale News or Sun-Sentinel, from which we’ve reproduced a news article on the storm.

1919 – Key WestKey West was hit by the most powerful hurricane in its history on Sept. 10, 1919. It was the only hurricane to form in the Atlantic that year. The storm killed more than 800 people before it was done — the exact total will never be known.

September 19, 1993
1926 Miami: The blow that broke the boomThe 1926 storm was described by the U.S. Weather Bureau in Miami as “probably the most destructive hurricane ever to strike the United States.” It hit Fort Lauderdale, Dania, Hollywood, Hallandale and Miami. The death toll is estimated to be from 325 to perhaps as many as 800. No storm in previous history had done as much property damage.

September 11, 1988
HURRICANE
1928 – OkeechobeeWhen the hurricane roared ashore at Palm Beach September 16, 1928, many coastal residents were prepared. But inland, along Lake Okeechobee, few conceived the disaster that was brewing. The storm struck first in Puerto Rico, killing 1,000 people, then hit Florida with 125 mph winds. Forty miles west of the coast, rain filled Lake Okeechobee to the brim and the dikes crumbled. Water rushed onto the swampy farmland, and homes and people were swept away. Almost 2,000 people perished.

1935 – The Florida KeysThe Labor Day storm was a category 5 hurricane that killed 408 people in the Florida Keys. People caught in the open were blasted by sand with such force that it stripped away their clothing.

1960 – Hurricane DonnaAfter swiping the Florida Keys and striking land near Fort Myers on Sept. 10, ‘Deadly Donna’ did not travel along the usual path that storms of her magnitude usually take.

1964 – Hurricane CleoHurricane Cleo blasted Key Biscayne and then moved north along the state’s coastline, following State Road 7 and passing over Miami, Opa-locka, West Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale.

1965 – Hurricane BetsyHurricane Betsy was building strength; it looked like it was aiming for South Carolina, posing no threat to South Florida. But on Saturday, Sept. 4, the storm whirled to a stop, about 350 miles east of Jacksonville. When Betsy started moving again on Sunday, she had changed directions. The storm plowed through the Bahamas Monday night, then mauled South Florida a day later.

1992 – Hurricane AndrewFor 27 years, South Florida had been spared a severe hurricane. Then Andrew arrived, the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history. Andrew wrecked more property than Hugo, Agnes and Betsy combined, with damages estimated at $25 billion. Twenty-three died.

2004 – Hurricane FrancesHurricane Frances, a sluggish and super-sized storm, may leave as its legacy a singular image: The entire state of Florida, 435 miles from Tallahassee to Key West, enveloped in rain and wind.

2004 – Hurricane JeanneHurricane Jeanne pushed across Florida, launching leftover storm debris, tearing apart weakened buildings, cutting power for millions, and leaving the nation’s fourth most populous state dazed by relentless pounding from four hurricanes in six weeks. At least six people died during and after the storm.

2005 – Hurricane WilmaHurricane Wilma clobbered South Florida on Monday, October 24, 2005, with surprising strength, leaving the entire region damaged, dark and startled by the ferocity of a storm that many hadn’t taken seriously enough.

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Ice storm wallops Southeast, stranding drivers, cutting power.

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on February 13, 2014

Ice storm wallops Southeast, stranding drivers, cutting power.Calling ice the biggest enemy, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency. School districts canceled classes and government offices were shuttered in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the traffic paralysis caused by a storm last month.
Up to three-quarters of an inch of ice was expected to accumulate in Atlanta and up to 10 inches of snow and sleet were expected in Raleigh and Charlotte, making travel treacherous.
Also in the storm’s path were Virginia and Washington, with much of the Northeast to follow.
All federal offices in the nation’s capital were ordered closed, and thousands of employees were being told to stay home.

‘Stay home, if you can’

While most of the major thoroughfares in and out of the city of Atlanta were reportedly devoid of traffic, a different scene was playing out to the northeast where the storm appeared to take people by surprise despite days of warnings.
“Stay home, if you can,” North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety said in posts on Twitter. “Quickly deteriorating road conditions, numerous car accidents in Durham/Franklin/Johnston/Wake counties.”
Gridlock gripped portions of the state, including Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte, as cars and trucks got stuck on snow- and ice-covered roads.
“We saw so many people … cars piled up and left on the side of the road, and wrecks,” said Christina Martinson, who was stuck in the snow-bound traffic with her husband and son for hours in Durham.
“It’s really, really bad, and it got so bad so quickly that people just weren’t ready. Even though we were warned, it just happened more quickly than you would think possible.”
For some, there just wasn’t enough time.
Michael Crosswhite, 44, planned on leaving work in Raleigh, in Wake County, by midafternoon, well ahead of when forecasters initially predicted a snow and ice storm to hit the area.
But by noon, the snow and icy rain was coming down.
‘Nothing you can do but hope you don’t get stuck’
“We just passed an 18-wheeler that spun out into a ditch,” he said by telephone more than two hours into his journey home to Durham, a trip that typically takes less than 30 minutes.
School’s out: That’s a rap
Moments later, a car ahead of him spun out in front of him.
“It’s kind of slushy, and there are just icy spots that there is nothing you can do but hope you don’t get stuck,” Crosswhite said.
The images out of Raleigh and Charlotte recalled a similar scenario in Atlanta, a city shut down by 2.6 inches of snow two weeks ago when thousands of commuters were stuck on highways. Some drivers spent up to 20 hours in their cars.
“Right now we’ve got people traveling up and down the highways in special four-wheel vehicles to make any rescues that we need to make, and more than anything else we’re just encouraging people to be smart, and don’t put their stupid hat on during the next 48 hours,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is urging people not to abandon their vehicles.

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Severe Weather Moving Through South Florida Tonight

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on February 12, 2014

Severe Weather Moving Through South Florida TonightSEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 8 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 11 PM EST THIS
EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN FLORIDA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 5 COUNTIES

IN SOUTH FLORIDA

BROWARD COLLIER GLADES
HENDRY PALM BEACH

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…CLEWISTON…FORT LAUDERDALE…
LA BELLE…MOORE HAVEN…NAPLES AND WEST PALM BEACH.

THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 70 MPH…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN
THESE AREAS.

REMEMBER…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS
IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS
AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

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Does your roof have straps?

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on February 11, 2014

Does your roof have straps?Ever since Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida in 1992, the state has been making building codes tougher. That effort has been generally successful, with homes built to the new codes faring much better in subsequent storms than pre-Andrew structures. Most of the new code requirements had applied to new construction only, but that began to change in 2006 when the Florida state legislature turned its attention to existing homes. Laws now require a variety of upgrades to homes built before the tougher codes took effect — measures that must be taken when certain parts of the home are remodeled. I’ve already described one of those requirements, gable-end bracing and reinforcing, in a previous article (“Gable-End Retrofits,” May 2008). In this article I will look at another new requirement: the need to reinforce the connections between the roof and wall framing.

This new requirement is triggered whenever a qualifying house gets a roof covering replacement. I say “qualifying” because the upgrade doesn’t apply to all houses. It’s only required for detached single-family structures valued at $300,000 or more that are in the “wind-borne debris region,” where design wind speeds exceed 120 miles per hour, a zone that extends about 5 miles inland in most of northern Florida, but includes almost half of the southern tip of the state.

If the house qualifies, the connections that tie rafters or trusses to the top of the wall plate must be inspected by a licensed engineer and, if necessary, reinforced by installing new hardware or adding nails to the existing hardware. The reinforced attachments must then be inspected by the local building official. Recognizing the financial burden this requirement could place on homeowners, the legislature put a cost cap on it. Homeowners don’t have to spend more than 15% of the total cost of a reroof job on upgrading roof-wall connections. Because the outside roof corners get the most stress during high winds, the code requires those locations to be addressed first.

For example, on a $10,000 reroof, if you can’t tie down all the trusses for $1,500 or less, you have to tie down the corner trusses first, then keep tying down additional trusses until you have spent the entire $1,500.Of course, while reinforcing the roof-wall connection is a step in the right direction, it doesn’t address the connections between the wall plate and studs or between the wall and the foundation.
Unfortunately, these extra steps would be cost prohibitive in most cases. The good news is that just tying roof framing to the wall plate will fix a weak point and make the house better able to survive a hurricane. The downside of this new code requirement is the expense it creates for the roofing contractor and homeowner. In Florida, roofers aren’t licensed to do structural work, so they have to farm out the structural repairs to a contractor who has a license to do general construction. And because there’s no way to know if a roof will require these structural upgrades before it’s inspected, the contractor may not be able to give the customer a firm price until the job is already under way.

As chairman of the Florida Homebuilders Association’s Codes and Standards Committee, I have been following hurricane-related structural issues for years and have helped to develop some of the language in the new code. Realizing the problems involved for roofers and their customers, I have also devised some techniques and tricks that can reduce the financial and time burden for everyone involved.
What follows are some ideas that will make it easier to determine whether a roof needs fixing, to estimate the work, and to get the work done.

INSPECTING THE STRUCTURE.

The first task is to find out whether the existing connections are already strong enough. The code assumes that if enough fasteners have been driven into the truss, enough have also been driven into the plate, even if you can’t see them. A hurricane strap or clip with four nails into the truss or rafter will meet code minimums, and you won’t have to expose the wall plate. If, on the other hand, there are not enough nails holding the clip to the truss, it’s up to the engineer to decide whether the wall plate must be exposed.
Sometimes it’s easy to inspect these connections, as when they’re exposed in an unfinished garage or attic. If that’s not the case, then you have to go through the roof or soffit.
The feasibility of inspecting the connections through the soffit depends on soffit construction. Even with a closed soffit, you can sometimes see through the soffit vents with the aid of a good flashlight. And if you can remove the soffit vents without damaging them, you may be able to get an excellent view.

Make sure your home is protected. Contact CAT 5 Shutters LLC on the web at www.cat5shutters.net or call us toll free at 1-877-CAT-FIVE.

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Whats a Hurricane?

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on February 6, 2014

Whats a Hurricane?Hurricanes are giant, spiraling tropical storms that can pack wind speeds of over 160 miles (257 kilometers) an hour and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons (9 trillion liters) of rain a day. These same tropical storms are known as cyclones in the northern Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, and as typhoons in the western Pacific Ocean.
The Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane season peaks from mid-August to late October and averages five to six hurricanes per year.
Hurricanes begin as tropical disturbances in warm ocean waters with surface temperatures of at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.5 degrees Celsius). These low pressure systems are fed by energy from the warm seas. If a storm achieves wind speeds of 38 miles (61 kilometers) an hour, it becomes known as a tropical depression. A tropical depression becomes a tropical storm, and is given a name, when its sustained wind speeds top 39 miles (63 kilometers) an hour. When a storm’s sustained wind speeds reach 74 miles (119 kilometers) an hour it becomes a hurricane and earns a category rating of 1 to 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
Hurricanes are enormous heat engines that generate energy on a staggering scale. They draw heat from warm, moist ocean air and release it through condensation of water vapor in thunderstorms.
Hurricanes spin around a low-pressure center known as the “eye.” Sinking air makes this 20- to 30-mile-wide (32- to 48-kilometer-wide) area notoriously calm. But the eye is surrounded by a circular “eye wall” that hosts the storm’s strongest winds and rain.
These storms bring destruction ashore in many different ways. When a hurricane makes landfall it often produces a devastating storm surge that can reach 20 feet (6 meters) high and extend nearly 100 miles (161 kilometers). Ninety percent of all hurricane deaths result from storm surges.
A hurricane’s high winds are also destructive and may spawn tornadoes. Torrential rains cause further damage by spawning floods and landslides, which may occur many miles inland.
The best defense against a hurricane is an accurate forecast that gives people time to get out of its way. The National Hurricane Center issues hurricane watches for storms that may endanger communities, and hurricane warnings for storms that will make landfall within 24 hours.

Don’t delay and make sure your home is protected. Contact CAT 5 Shutters, LLC. We offer free estimates. Toll Free 1-877-CAT-FIVE or visit us on the web at www.cat5shutters.net

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Roll-Down Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on February 5, 2014

Roll-Down Hurricane ShuttersRoll-down hurricane shutters are incredibly handy without being bulky or unsightly. They work in much the same way as the metal cages that roll down over store-front entrances. When not needed, they stay out of sight, but most often they are inconspicuous, and when rolled down they can be made to blend right in with the decor. Other than usually being made of aluminum and sometimes being equipped with storm bars, roll-down hurricane shutters look like any other kind of shutter. The only exception is that they are stronger and can withstand pressure and impact from the most vicious storms. Because they are designed to be extremely strong and durable, they are virtually maintenance-free and can last a long time. Though still affordable, they are usually custom made, meaning that they can be installed outside a window, on a balcony opening, or sheltered within the wall itself in order to be less obvious. While controls are often motorized and used from a central location, many can also be manipulated manually from within.

Roll-down hurricane shutters are efficient and versatile, providing not only protection from high winds and flying debris, but a variety of other potential problems as well. Made to withstand any assault from the outside, they also provide automatic protection from intruders and burglars. While locks are easy to pick and glass windows are easy to break, roll-down hurricane shutters can’t be manipulated. They are only rolled up or adjusted with the use of controls that are installed inside the house. Burglar alarms don’t become quite as necessary when the house is impenetrable.

Roll-down hurricane shutters are obviously designed to completely lock down and protect a house, but that is only their function in extreme weather. They can also function as normal shutters and be adjusted to the desired degree. By keeping them closed, the house can more easily remain cool in sunny summer days and warm in the winter. It removes the need for cranked thermostats or expensive air conditioning and therefore reduces a household’s overall energy bill. Adjusting to another mode can also allow for different amounts of light and noise throughout the house. Opened in the morning, the shutters can let in sunlight and birdsong. Closed at night, they can shut out the irritating sound of traffic and the blinding glare of headlights.

Features and BenefitsUltimate hurricane protection Instant security Maintenance free Most convenient type of shutter Ideal for hurricane protection, security, privacy and noise control Helps with temperature control and reduces heating and cooling costs Operated either manually or motorizedProviding protection against hurricanes and storms is the main function of roll-down hurricane shutters, and they do their jobs well. However, with all the added benefits of intrusion prevention, privacy and light, heat and noise control, roll-down shutters offer a variety of features to help any house. It’s the perfect product for keeping a family safe and comfortable while still looking good.

There are a few types of roll down shutters available on the market. One type of roll down shutter is made for security. Security roll down shutters offer theft and intrusion deterrents, energy savings, lighting control, reduce outside noise, increase fire control, eliminates the need for security bars which create the look of a prison, protect the glass from flying objects such as golf balls and baseballs and improves the appearance of the exterior of your home.

Rolling security shutters can be put into a wall or inside the window frame of new construction or can be attached to the exterior of existing structures. In addition to providing the additional security by deterring intruders, roll down shutters also increase security during severe storms, protecting the windows from flying debris and thus protecting the interior of your home from water damage, wind damage and other damage caused by storms.
In some states, roll down shutters also improve the fire protection of a home. Because the heat generated by fires usually breaks the glass of windows, the roll down shutters protect the glass and keep it cooler, making it easier to control the possibility of fire from outside sources.

Most roll down shutters are custom fit to be used on a specific opening. Generally when they are installed in new construction they are installed right into the wall or window frame. Some are powered with electric while others require manual rolling up and down. There are many uses for roll down shutters. Also known as hurricane shutters, rolling shutters, and security shutters, they are multi-tasking shutters that perform a lot of different jobs, not just one.

Commonly used in Florida and California, the roll down shutters provide added protection from high winds and storms of hurricanes and other severe weather. Because of the added temperatures in these states, the roll down shutters also commonly provide additional cooling ability to the homes by blocking out the heat of the day and decreasing energy costs because of the lower use of air conditioning units.

Constructed of high grade aluminum, roll down shutters are manufactured to provide maximum strength and protection against sun, storm, heat, outside noise, and weather extremes. Also because of their construction they are high impact resistant and very durable.

Roll down shutters are available in several colors to attractively accent your home. Because of the low profile design, there is a minimal visual impact to the exterior of your home while increasing the value of your property and protecting your valuables inside from theft as well as the damaging rays of the sun.

For all your hurricane shutter needs, professional advise and installation in South Florida, contact Cat 5 Shutters.

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