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Hurricane Preparedness: Lining up your contractors

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 23, 2014

Hurricane Preparedness: Lining up your contractorsLicensed, insured, and in business

Professional licensing is a means by which the state of Florida regulates professionals who can cause harm through the malpractice and misconduct of their trades. Some of the diverse professionals regulated by professional licensing are CPAs, realtors, architects, and contractors. Many construction tradespeople are regulated because their work, if performed incorrectly, can cause fire, flood, and collapse. But, because not every construction tradesperson requires a professional license, verifying his or her compliancy with these laws is a two-step process. First, you need to determine if the contractor’s trade is regulated by licensing. Second, if licensing is required, you need to verify that the contractor’s license is current and active. This information is readily available in the database maintained by Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). To help ensure that you navigate to the state website, use the words “State of” in your search term. For example, the search terms “State of Florida DBPR” and “State of Florida contractor licensing” will prioritize DBPR as a search return. Once you navigate to DBPR’s website, you will see a link titled “Verify a License.” To determine what trades are regulated by professional licensing, click the dropdown menu under “License Type.” If a contractor requires licensing, you can then enter his or her name into the database to determine the license status. License complaints can also be viewed. Contractor insurance can also protect you from the harm that can befall you from unqualified practitioners. In construction, workers’ compensation insurance and general liability insurance are essential. A major difference between the two is that workers’ compensation covers the employees of a company while general liability covers the public affected by a company’s operation. In addition to personal injury, property damage may also be covered in a general liability policy. Because both types of claims can be costly, you must verify that a contractor has insurance and that the policy limits and terms are acceptable. Analysis of policies is best handled by your insurance agent, who will understand your business circumstances, as well as the complexities of insurance. But, you may want to perform some preliminary research before the experts step in. Using the Internet, you can verify a contractor’s workers’ compensation coverage with Florida’s Division of Workers’ Compensation. Authorized workers’ compensation exemptions can also be verified. This information is contained in a database that is readily marked and easy to use. To reach the state website, use a concise and accurate search term such as “State of Florida Worker’s Compensation.”
In contrast to workers’ compensation information that you can access through state government sources, you will need to verify the contractor’s general liability coverage with his or her insurance agent. You must request that the contractor have his or her agent mail you a certificate of insurance. This certificate contains important information about policy limits and special conditions, and it must be reviewed by your agent to ensure that you are adequately protected. For example, your agent can request that the certificate show if there are any exclusions, such as property damage, under the products/completed operations coverage form, as well as any exclusions related to uniquely hazardous construction activities, such as demolition. Your agent should explain the benefits of being listed as an “additional insured.” Although the government websites provides sound information about contractor insurance, frequent and comprehensive communication with your agent is essential.
Florida’s Secretary of State office has the important role of maintaining records. The Division of Corporations is a division with this office, and it maintains a business’s filings. The types of business entities include corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and sole proprietors doing business under an assumed, fictitious name. Because it is highly recommended that you contract with a business, in contrast to a person, you should ensure that the contractor’s company is in good standing with the state. In addition to verifying that the company is active, you can also view the date of registration to determine how long the company has been in business. Officers, directors, and registered agents are listed here.
Because owning a business and successfully running it are two separate matters, you may find the information held at the Building Departments useful. Building Departments are the state’s first line of defense against unlicensed and non-code-compliant work. Not only can the Building Department help you determine if a contractor meets the state’s requirements for licensing and insurance, it may also maintain a permit database that show the contractor’s customers and the inspection results. The Building Department may also have the blueprints and site plans used to construct your facility. If you are planning to alter your existing building, these documents may be helpful.
Qualifications and character
In addition to confirming that the contractor meets Florida’s requirements for contracting, it is also important that he or she meet certain standards of personal integrity. This is especially important when there are no state licensing and insurance regulations in place for the contractor’s trade. For example, Florida’s DBPR does not issue professional licenses to painters, flooring installers, and other tradesmen. Although referrals and references are essential (because you want an experienced contractor with a successful track record,) legal records can provide insight into a person’s possible criminal and civil offenses, such as fraud, drug abuse, and theft.
The Clerk of Court Office is the government office that performs court-related duties, such as the docketing and maintaining of civil and criminal records. Documents such as deeds, tax warrants, and claims of lien may also be recorded by the clerk’s office or at a separate office, such as the recorder’s or comptroller’s office. To get a general impression about a contractor’s legal history, you can read the docket entries, if records exist. To do a comprehensive search, look for records in the counties where the contractor works, lives, and maintains an office. You should also search using the contractor’s personal name and business name. When reviewing any legal information, strive for fairness and accuracy. Because legal information is often complex, you may want to seek counsel from an attorney.

Hope for the best, but plan for the worst
As with any undertaking, preparedness improves your chances of success. When you are prepared, you can act purposefully and in a timely manner. Without forethought, your efforts are likely to be inefficient and can waste time and money. Finding qualified contractors to repair or remodel your building is a focused process that takes time to do properly. It is not a task to undertake when an emergency is at hand. With qualified contractors ready to go and an inclusive scope of work to guide them, your projects are more likely to be done correctly, on time, and on budget, even following a disaster.

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Hurricane Protection Products

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 12, 2014

Hurricane Protection ProductsIf your house is in danger of being hit by a hurricane, protecting windows and sliding glass doors is almost always the number one thing you can do to ensure you’ll have a livable house if the worst happens. But, if you wait until a hurricane watch is posted, you are almost surely too late. The best time to prepare for the hurricane season is now. There are many readily available products that can reduce or minimize the impact and save homeowners big bucks in repairs and insurance premiums. The peace of mind that can result is priceless.

Secure Door For Your Home Garage Door

Secure Door® is an extremely effective, Florida Building Code approved (FL6420), highly affordable solution that provides wind protection for garage doors in the event of a major hurricane. The product is a vertical bracing system made from high quality aircraft-grade aluminum that attaches to the inside of the garage door. Secure Door® hurricane garage door protection strengthens the door and provides support for the door in addition to the garage door tracks. Secure Door® is a patented hurricane garage door brace that converts most existing garage doors to a hurricane-resistant garage door. While no garage door can be considered a hurricane proof garage door, Secure Door’s exceptional performance capabilities have been proven through independent laboratory tests and may be as close to that goal as possible.      
        

Garage Door Hurricane Facts

Did you know????

The garage door is potentially the largest and weakest opening of your home to a hurricane? According to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes about 80 percent of residential hurricane wind damage starts with wind entry through garage doors? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has identified the loss of the garage door as one of four major factors in homes damaged and destroyed in Hurricane Andrew? As the American Red Cross warns, if your garage door fails, the full fury of the hurricane will enter your house and in all probability blow off your roof and destroy your home?

Hurricane Shutters

When it comes to securing the safety of your family, home and business during severe weather, only the finest storm protection will do. Cat 5 Shutters LLC is South Florida’s leading producer of hurricane shutters based out of West Palm Beach, Florida.

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

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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What are you going to do with your tax return?

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 15, 2014

What are you going to do with your tax return?

Cat 5 Shutters LLC is located in the heart of Palm Beach County. We have shutters for every type of budget.  For safety during hurricane season and a peace of mind.

Our Hurricane shutters are available in a wide array of styles, colors, and will add value to your home. So the question is what are you spending you tax return money on.. why not invest in your home.

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10 home insurance questions to ponder during hurricane season

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 2, 2014

10 home insurance questions to ponder during hurricane seasonThe sixth-month Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1. But are you and your hurricane-zone home fully prepared for it? Chances are, the answer is “no.”

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration predicts six major hurricanes will occur during the 2011 season. Researchers at Colorado State University put the number of major hurricanes at five. Forecasting company Weather Services International expects two to three hurricanes to make landfall in the United States in 2011. By contrast, the 2010 hurricane season was relatively quiet in the United States.

Millions of American homeowners could be in the path of hurricanes in 2011, as at least half of U.S. residents live in coastal areas (mostly along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts). By definition, “coastal” can mean as many as 50 miles inland.

To shore up your hurricane protection, ask these 10 questions regarding your home and your home insurance.

1. What type of home insurance do I need?

Standard homeowner’s policies typically don’t cover flooding caused by a hurricane’s storm surge. Furthermore, private insurers in some high-risk states — including Florida, North Carolina and Texas — have eliminated windstorm coverage from standard homeowner’s policies.
Most flood insurance policies are sold through the National Flood Insurance Program. Only about 10 percent of American households have flood insurance.
Keep in mind that there’s typically a 30-day waiting period after you buy a flood insurance policy before the coverage kicks in.
Don’t wait until a storm forms to buy that separate windstorm policy, either: Insurers draw a “box” on the map of the Gulf and Atlantic coasts that extends well out into the ocean. Once a hurricane enters that “box,” you can’t buy a policy.

2. How much coverage do I need?

Your insurance policy can cover either the actual cash value or replacement value of your home. If your home is destroyed, actual-cash-value coverage provides an amount of money equal to the market price of your home. Replacement-value coverage provides enough money to rebuild your home. If you’ve done upgrades or additions to your home, replacement-value coverage may be the way to go.
“I don’t think that it’s necessarily important to get as much insurance as you can,” says Lori Medders, associate director of the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center at Florida State University. “The extra cost for getting as much insurance as might be available could be conceivably not worth it.”
You should read the fine print of your insurance policy, and know what it does and does not cover.
“Not being educated on policy terms and exclusions could lead to an unpleasant surprise if there’s a claim,” says Eric Shanks, senior vice president at Chartis Insurance.

3. How do I know whether the price for insuring my coastal home will rise or fall?

If you find an affordable premium, you should brace yourself for costs to double or perhaps triple down the road — even if a hurricane doesn’t come ashore, Medders warns. Why? Premiums are based on computerized catastrophe models approved by each state, so if those models predict more hurricane activity, your home insurance premiums could climb. By the same token, your premiums could drop if less hurricane activity is forecast.
“Most primary insurers select average results from at least two out of three of the main catastrophe models available for rate-filing purposes, and in some cases all three of these models are used,” says David Smith, senior vice president at Eqecat, one of the biggest producers of catastrophe models.
Once a catastrophe model is updated, it could take a year or so before that information affects your home insurance policy, Smith says.

4. What can I do if I’m having trouble getting windstorm coverage in a coastal area?

Residents of several coastal states can turn to insurers of “last resort” for windstorm coverage. While these state-backed insurers are meant to handle a limited number of policies where no other coverage options are available, many have become default carriers for coastal homeowners. After Hurricane Katrina, for instance, thousands of home insurance policies written by private insurers were canceled in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi because of the heightened financial risk.

“The closer you get to the beach, the fewer carriers you’ll find willing to write policies,” says Scott Jerome, assistant manager of the Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association, which has more than 46,000 policies in place in six coastal parishes.
A note of caution: Coverage from state-governed windstorm insurers normally costs more than such coverage from private insurers. The Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp., for example, sets its premiums about 10 percent higher than those of the highest-priced private insurer to avoid competition with the private market.

5. Does my home insurance policy have a windstorm or hurricane deductible?

Many insurers are selling home insurance policies with percentage deductibles for windstorm or hurricane damage instead of the traditional dollar deductibles, which are used for other types of losses such as fire and theft, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
With a policy that carries a $500 standard deductible, for example, the policyholder must pay the first $500 of the claim out of pocket, the Insurance Information Institute says. But percentage deductibles — typically ranging from 1 percent to 5 percent — are based on the home’s insured value. So if a house is insured for $100,000 and has a 2 percent deductible, the first $2,000 of a claim must be paid out of the policyholder’s pocket.
Hurricane deductibles are in place in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
In some states, the percentage deductibles are mandatory, according to the Insurance Information Institute. In others, they’re optional. Check with your state insurance regulator for details.

6. Are my valuables covered if they’re lost in a hurricane?

Home policies cover pricey items, up to certain dollar limits. For maximum protection, you should have jewelry, furs, silverware and other valuables appraised, then “scheduled” separately on your policy, Liberty Mutual advises.

7. How will the insurance company know which of my belongings have been lost in a hurricane?

Before a disaster strikes, take an inventory of your personal property, Liberty Mutual recommends. Document this inventory with video or photos. Store this information and other important documents in a safe deposit box.

A home inventory will help you buy enough insurance to replace your possessions, and can help speed up the claims process and prove any losses for income tax purposes, according to the Insurance Information Institute. The institute offers free web-based inventory software at KnowYourStuff.org.

8. Do I have coverage for additional living expenses?

Additional living expenses may or may not already be included in your homeowner’s policy, Allstate says. This coverage helps pay for the extra costs of living away from home — such as food and lodging — if your place is uninhabitable after a hurricane (or some other kind of disaster).

9. What can I do to prepare for a hurricane evacuation?

One of the simplest things you can do is create an evacuation kit. Nationwide says this kit should include personal IDs or documents, such as Social Security cards, insurance policies, deeds, birth certificates and wills. If you have time before you hit the road, grab vital prescription medications, a first aid kit, bottled water, a radio and extra batteries. Keep car keys and maps handy.

10. What can I do to structurally prepare my home for a hurricane?

One of the parts of your home that’s most susceptible to hurricane damage is your roof. So if you have a shingle roof, you need to check whether the shingles are starting to curl, crack or break, according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. If you have a metal roof, is the metal in good condition with no signs of rust, and is it anchored securely to the roof deck? If you have a tile roof, are any tiles broken, loose or displaced?

Julie Rochman, president and CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, says: “There is no great mystery surrounding how to better equip residential and commercial structures for an active hurricane season. However, individuals and community leaders must make structural preparedness a priority, and take action now before a hurricane strikes.”

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El Nino Climate Changes

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 27, 2014

El Nino Climate ChangesA new report from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center suggests changes could be on the way for weather patterns across the U.S. and the globe.

According to the report, the chance of an El Niño reemerging this year has increased. And, if the models from the report play out, that could mean fewer named storms in the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season and potential drought relief for parts of California later this year.

An El Niño cycle can occur every two to seven years, when weaker trade winds allow warmer water around the equator in the far eastern Pacific Ocean to emerge. That warmer water changes wind patterns and alters storm cycles around the globe.

In general, the eastern tropical Pacific ocean cycles between three phases: El Niño (warmer than average sea-surface temperatures), La Niña (cooler than average sea-surface temperatures) and a neutral phase in which sea-surface temperatures are generally near long-term averages.

Since spring 2012, the eastern Pacific ocean has been in the neutral phase, but according to the latest NOAA/CPC report, there’s now a 50 percent chance that equatorial waters in the Pacific will warm sufficiently to meet the criteria for an El Niño. As a result, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has issued an El Niño Watch for summer 2014.
(MORE: NOAA: January 2014 Was 4th Warmest on Record)

Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center, explains, “A watch simply means that conditions across the tropical Pacific are favorable for the development of El Niño during the next, roughly, three to six months.”
He noted that a watch doesn’t guarantee an El Niño will occur, but the models are leaning that way.

A plot of the model data listed in the report shows a marked warming trend in tropical Pacific waters by mid-summer. The average of all the models suggests a 0.5ºC temperature anomaly is probable around August.
According to Halpert, that would place this El Niño event on the weak end of the Climate Prediction Center’s spectrum.If El Niño Develops, It Might be Good News..
Researchers have found that instances of Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes are usually reduced during an El Niño year. Based on the current model data, it appears that El Niño could develop near the height of the Atlantic hurricane season — potentially inhibiting some tropical development.
But Halpert said even with El Niño, strong tropical cyclones are still possible. “I always like to remind people of the 1992 hurricane season, which was an El Niño year and only featured seven named storms. But the first one was Andrew.”
Also, despite development of a weak El Niño, Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne raked parts of Florida during the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season.
If El Niño develops, beneficial rains could bring much-needed relief to some drought-stricken areas, most notably California.

If you need Hurricane protection contact CAT 5 Shutters, LLC. Call us toll free at 1-877-CAT-FIVE or visit us on the web at www.cat5shutters.net

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Hurricane Hunters get new equipment

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 24, 2014

Hurricane Hunters get new equipmentKeesler Air Force Base’s 10 WC-130J aircraft, known as the Hurricane Hunters, are being equipped with commercial Iridium satellite phone systems through Lockheed Martin. Keesler chief meteorologist Lt. Col. Jon Talbot told The Sun Herald the new system will allow for direct communication with both the air traffic control and National Hurricane Center.
“The problem we were facing was when we’d do the hurricane flying, we’re out there in the middle of the ocean in places we can’t communicate with air traffic control guys and they can’t talk to us.
“We tend to fly fairly low and a lot of times we’re not in their radar coverage, so they can’t see us and they can’t talk to us because we’re too low and all this stuff is line of sight,” Talbot said.
Talbot said the Hurricane Hunters often need to clearance to venture into a specific region to ensure another aircraft isn’t near, but can’t because their communication has failed.
He said it’s not uncommon for Hurricane Hunters to relay messages to control towers through other aircraft in the area.
“We would talk to a lot of the commercial airliners, or whoever is out there flying, and their pilots would relay the information. That’s a normal thing that happens all the time. That’s the way we typically had been doing it, but some places there is no one else out there flying or we’re out there at 2 a.m.,” Talbot said.
The new system will be a backup to the traditional radio communications, but it will ensure the line of communication isn’t severed during a mission.
Talbot said Lockheed Martin equipped the first of 10 WC-130Js last fall and ran tests to assure the new system wouldn’t interfere with existing equipment. He said Lockheed workers will arrive at Keesler in April to install the system on the remaining aircraft.
Hurricane season begins June 1.

So make sure your home is ready for the upcoming hurricane season. Contact CAT 5 Shutters LLC toll free at 1-877-cat-five or visit us on the web at www.cat5shutters.net. We offer free estimates and have a wide variety of hurricane products to fit any budget.

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Materials, Standards and Functionality of Commercial Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 6, 2014

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 MaterialsThe 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 ShuttersCommercial 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 ShuttersShutters 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 ShuttersChoosing 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.

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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Materials, Standards and Functionality of Commercial Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 6, 2014

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 MaterialsThe 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 ShuttersCommercial 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 ShuttersShutters 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 ShuttersChoosing 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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Hurricane Center to issue storm surge maps this year

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on January 31, 2014

Hurricane Center to issue storm surge maps this yearAs promised, the National Hurricane Center will start using an experimental potential storm surge flooding map this season. Surge, not rain-driven flooding or high winds, often is the biggest killer in a hurricane. The problem’s far more severe in the Miami area, where Hurricane Andrew deposited sailboats in trees and freighters on top of flood gates, and especially in southwest Florida, where the sloping landscape provides the potential for standing water dozens of miles inland.
 It’s not as dramatic a factor in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, because the ocean floor drops off precipitously just off the coast and the deep water absorbs much of the energy of a storm surge. The region also benefits from several ridges. But the damage is less, not zero.
 A June study said three Palm Beach County  remain in the top 10 in South Florida in terms of potential storm surge loss because of the combination of surge and high property values. Scientists have said even in a minimal storm, water would cover most or all of barrier islands and the mainland right along the Intracoastal Waterway, and in a Category 5 storm, the ocean could rise up to 10 feet above normal in coastal Palm Beach County and up to 15 feet on the Treasure Coast. Hurricane Center director Rick Knabb said at last year’s Florida Hurricane Conference in Fort Lauderdale that his operation would begin displaying experimental graphics showing potential storm surge and start implementing storm surge watches and warnings as early as 2015.
 Watches would have their own point A and point B, independent of whatever evacuation borders counties have set. The hurricane center said Friday in a release that the maps issued this year will show where storm surge could occur and how high above ground the water could reach in those areas.

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Types of Huriccane Damage- Are you prepared?

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on January 22, 2014

Types of Huriccane Damage- Are you prepared?Hurricane Season in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico is from June 1 to November 30. During hurricane season it’s important to stay alert for hurricane updates and storm forecasts. Hurricanes can change direction suddenly so it’s important to stay tuned to local weather reports from the National Hurricane Center.

If you own a home in the South Florida area, you should seriously consider protection from a natural disaster with hurricane shutters or impact resistant windows. Don’t Wait to Hire a Hurricane Shutter Contractor.

Below we offer a list of the most common hurricane damages outlined by Hurricane Insurance.

Broken Windows:
Windows are particularly susceptible to hurricanes both because of the wind itself and the debris the wind carries. Once windows are broken, your home could become much weaker and less resistant, sustaining even greater damage.

Roof Lifting:
When the intense winds from a hurricane strike a house, one of the first things to be hit hardest is the roof. Roofs with a low slope act similarly to a airplane wing, with strong winds actually lifting the roof from the house. If your roof goes, along with the joists that hold the tops of the walls together, your house could be done for.

Basement Flooding:
If your home has a basement or crawlspace, it can flood when the soil surrounding your home becomes too saturated with water, damaging any items you have stored there and making a mess of your foundation.

Blown in Garage Door:
Garage doors, because of their large size, can often fall victim to high winds. Once the garage blows in, winds will be able to enter your home, allowing wind pressure to fill the house and possibly blow it down from the pressure inside.

Moisture Damage:
Heavy rains and rising waters, if they do get into your home, can cause more than immediate damage. Mold can develop from moisture that gets into insulation and wood. Newer homes can benefit from mold resistant materials, but owners of older homes need to take action ensure that moisture never gets inside in the first place.

Damage from Landscaping:
If you live in a hurricane prone area, you’ll want to carefully consider your landscaping options and use trees and bushes that are more resistant to storm winds. Small gravel, weak tree branches, and other easily lifted things around your yard should be taken care of before hurricane season.

Destroyed Doors:
Your doors, like windows, are important part of keeping out the winds and rains that can damage the interior of your home and its contents. Doors that aren’t sturdy or properly secured are often blown open or even off their hinges, becoming a danger to you as well as the structure of your home.

Damage from Projectiles:
Chances are good that if you live in the tropical or near tropical areas that are particularly hurricane prone you have loads of stuff sitting outside for enjoying the weather. But BBQ grills, patio furniture, lawn ornaments, air conditioners and pool equipment can become deadly and damaging if left out in the high winds.

Lost Shingles and Roofing:
During a hurricane, your roof will be under constant force from the wind, and few roofing materials can withstand this kind of assault without sustaining some sort of damage. Newer shingles are designed to resist damage from impact and high winds, but if you can’t afford a whole new roof, you can make sure the one you have is properly secured.

Loss or Destruction of Personal Items:
While there may be no way around losing your personal belongings in a powerful storm, you can do your best to protect them. Raise your items off the floor to keep them from flood waters, especially if they’re stored in a basement.

Ruined In-Ground Pool:
Since pools are usually outside, they get the full force of what any hurricane has.

Blown Off Siding:
If you have a home with aluminum siding, you’ll want to do your best to protect it from the hurricane winds that are sure to give it a run for its money.

Missing Roof Turbines:
If you live in a house with turbines on the roof, it’s not likely that they’ll survive a storm with strong winds. This might not be a problem, except that once the turbines blow away, your roof is left with a hole in it, which can allow harmful amounts of water to enter your home.

Collapsed End Gables:
During a hurricane, the side walls of your roof, also known as end gables, will be taking quite a beating from the wind and rain, and if not properly reinforced, can actually collapse. Many homes will already have properly braced gables, but if yours does not, you can give them a hand by placing two 2x4s in an X pattern on both ends of the attic. If you don’t know much about construction, it will be best to have a professional contractor do this work for you.

Knocked Down Outbuildings, Carports and Porches:
Less sturdy buildings on your property will be hit hard by a hurricane and the ensuing winds. These structures can become airborne and potentially very dangerous if they’re knocked down during a storm. Reinforce these structures whenever possible and make sure porches are securely attached to your home.

Spoiled Food:
Because power frequently goes out during large storms and often doesn’t come back on for days, food can become spoiled quickly, especially in a warm environment. You can help save some of your food by turning your refrigerator and freezer to the coolest settings in the days before the storm.

Ruined Appliances:
Your appliances can be subject to a number of threats during a hurricane. Water damage may not always be avoidable with heavy appliances, but you should give your air conditioner and other appliances a lift. You should also unplug any major appliances once a storm hits. This will prevent shorting out if water comes in as well as destruction of electronic components if there is a surge when the power returns.

Fire Damage:
Water and electricity don’t mix, and shorts caused by downed wires or water entering outlets and electrical equipment can cause fires even in the dampest of environments. Wind can spread these fires quickly, compounding the problem. You can help avoid fires by unplugging all electronic devices in your home. If you are building a new home or revamping an old one, make sure that all electrical outlets and main electric components of your home are at least a foot above the floor.

Leaky Septic Tanks:
Flooding and ground saturation can often cause septic tanks to have trouble functioning, and power outages will disable any electric powered pumps on a tank, causing sewage backup into your home. There is really no way to avoid the ground saturation caused by flooding, but you can help reduce it by placing your septic tank in a well drained area. Providing backup electricity from a generator can also help after the storm if power is out for long periods.

Lost or Damaged Boats:
For many people living near the coastline, protecting a boat is an important part of hurricane preparation. Boats stored on land are much more likely to weather a storm successfully than those stored on the water. If you have to leave your boat in the water, secure it in a snug harbor, away from rocks and other damaging elements, with as many ties as possible keeping it in place.

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