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Low pressure system likely to become tropical depression or storm

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 30, 2014

Low pressure system likely to become tropical depression or storm1. Shower and thunderstorm activity remains minimal in association with
a low pressure area located about 140 miles east-northeast of
Melbourne, Florida. However, surface pressures are falling, and
environmental conditions are forecast to become more conducive for
development during the next few days. A tropical depression is
likely to form by mid-week while the system moves slowly
southwestward and thens turns northward and northeastward near the
southeastern United States coast. An Air Force Reserve
reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the low this
afternoon, if necessary.

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Hurricane Season

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 5, 2014

Hurricane SeasonIn the wake of a natural disaster, essentials such as fuel, food, ice, generators, lanterns, lumber, lodging etc may be short supply. Charging excessive prices for these and other necessities happens in awake of a storm or even afterwards.

Home repairs-

Know your contractor- Fly by Night contractors who are not do not have a licenses or insurance always offer the lowest price but also bring to the table problems.

Get at least 3 estimates. Be certain you see licenses and proof of insurance from all.

Be aware of solicitors offering services you don’t need. They may just be looking to see what is inside your home.

Avoid doing any work with a company that is requiring you to pay in just cash only. Make sure to get copies of all work done and checks that were written for your records.

At the end of the day make sure you are happy with the work that was done. Keep your records and do not be afraid of asking questions. If they don’t have the answers do not let them in.

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Emergency Municipality Numbers

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 2, 2014

Emergency Municipality Numbers

Find you Municipal  and keep the number so you will have it in case of an emergency this Hurricane season.

Atlantis- 561-965-1700
Belle Glade- 561-688-3400
Boca Raton- 561-368-6201
Boynton Beach- 561-732-8116
Briny Breezes- 561-276-7405
Cloud Lake- 561-688-3400
Delray- 561-243-7800
Glen Ridge- 561-688-3400
Golf- 561-688-3400
Greenacres- 561-642-2160
Haverhill- 561-689-0370
Highland Beach- 561-266-5800
Hypoluxo- 561-688-3400
Juno- 561-626-2100
Jupiter- 561-262-7548
Jupiter Inlet Colony- 561-746-3787
Lake Clarke Shores- 561-964-1114
Lake Park- 561-688-3400
Lake Worth- 561-688-3400
Lantana- 561-540-5700
Manalapan- 561-585-4030
Mangonia Park- 561-688-3400
North Palm Beach- 561-848-2525
Ocean Ridge- 561-732-8331
Pahokee- 561-688-3400
Palm Beach- 561-838-5454
Palm Beach Gardens- 561-799-4445
Palm Beach Shores- 561-844-3456
Palm Springs- 561-968-8243
Riviera Beach- 561-845-4123
Royal Palm Beach- 561-688-3400
South Bay- 561-388-3400
South Palm Beach- 561-586-2122
Tequesta- 561-575-6210
Wellington- 561-688-3400
West Palm Beach- 561-822-1900

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5 Key Points to Know About Hurricane Season

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 28, 2014

5 Key Points to Know About Hurricane Season1. SLOW SEASON EXPECTED

Federal forecasters are expecting a slower-than-usual Atlantic hurricane season, with eight to 13 tropical storms and three to six hurricanes. There’s no way to tell whether any of those potential storms will strike the U.S. coastline during the six-month season that starts June 1.

2. EL NINO

The weather phenomenon known as El Nino, which warms part of the Pacific every few years and changes rain and temperature patterns around the world, is expected to suppress the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes this year. Cooler temperatures on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean compared with recent years will also lower the probability of hurricane formation.

3. WHEN DOES IT GET A NAME?

Forecasters name tropical storms when top winds reach 39 mph; hurricanes have maximum winds of at least 74 mph. The first storm name on the list this year is Arthur.

4. STORM SURGE

Storm surge — the dangerous water rise created by tropical storms — is one of the deadliest and most damaging tropical storm hazards. This year, the National Hurricane Center will post color-coded maps to show coastal residents how far from the shoreline the water will spread and how high that water will rise.

5. A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

It’s been 10 years since the historic 2004 hurricane season, when four hurricanes affected Florida for the first time since record-keeping began: Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. There were 15 named storms that season, nine of which were hurricanes. But those four hurricanes remain among the costliest hurricanes to hit the U.S.

Whether you are in need of protecting a residence or business contact CAT 5 Shutters, LLC for a free estimate on hurricane protection.

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Why Consider Stainless Steel Screen Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 22, 2014

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

What makes stainless screens unique?

3 Main Benefits

Hurricane Protection Security Device U.S. Department of Energy Certified Device to Block UV rays and heat gain.Stainless Steel Storm Shutters Offer a pleasing exterior look as well as protection. Stainless mesh on operable doors provides more security than steel security doors, but allows gentle breezes to pass through.
Turn your regular windows into security windows without adding security bars or window security bars. Stainless mesh is just slightly heavier looking than regular bug mesh, but has the strength of rolling steel security doors. Operable patio door and window mesh available Meets the large missile impact test for Category 5 hurricanes Prevents glass breakage from flying debris Shields windows from gale force winds and hail The mesh surface tension allows light breezes to pass through Roll-a-way stainless steel mesh is aesthetically subtle compared to security bars, adding steel security doors, or converting to thick glass security windows.

What Else Should You Know?

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

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

How to Select Approved Shutters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We invite you to review our hurricane shutters portfolio in Palm Beach and Monroe County .

Contact Cat 5 Shutters for a quote today.

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Do you need flood insurance?

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 20, 2014

Do you need flood insurance?Flood insurance is mandatory if: your property resides in a Special Flood Hazard Areayou have a federally backed mortgage on a home in a high risk areayou have received a federal grant for previous flood losses and you wish to qualify for future aid.

A flood policy can cover:
flood debris cleanupstructural damage (walls, ceilings, floors, stairways, etc.)
household appliances/utilities damaged by floodwaterwall to wall carpeting, tile and other flooring surfaces

Contents coverage can cover:
furniture,collectibles, artwork, knick-knacks,clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, etc.Added coverages may be available for dislocation expenses such as rent, hotel stays, meals, etc.

The maximum coverage limits under a standard flood policy are $250,000 for a single family home structure ($500,000 for businesses) and $100,000 for single-family home contents (500,000 for businesses). The coverage limit for renter contents is $100,000.
Property owners living in lower risk areas may qualify for a “preferred risk” policy which provides the same coverage’s at substantially lower rates.

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Are we lucky?

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 15, 2014

Are we lucky?Will this be the year the USA’s luck runs out?

With the Atlantic hurricane season starting June 1, the nation is enjoying two record streaks for a lack of hurricanes: It’s been nine years since the last hit from a “major” hurricane and also nine years since a hurricane of any sort hit Florida, traditionally the most hurricane-prone state in the nation.

Both streaks began on Oct. 24, 2005, when Category 3 Hurricane Wilma slammed into southwest Florida with 120-mph winds.

A “major” hurricane is a Category 3, 4, or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale of Hurricane Intensity; the minimum wind speed for a major hurricane is 111 mph.

“This is the longest period on record with no major hurricane landfalls since 1878, when reliable landfall records began,” says Colorado State University meteorologist and hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach.
Despite its fury, Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy, was a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum winds of 80 mph, when it made landfall in October 2012 in New Jersey. Sandy is a good example of how wind speed can be an inadequate measure of a hurricane’s ferocity.

Sandy killed dozens of people and did $65 billion damage in the USA. alone, the National Climatic Data Center reported.

Hurricane Ike battered the Texas coast in 2008, killing at least 112 people and doing $27 billion in damage, but it missed the “major” hurricane label by 1 mph when it slammed ashore with winds of 110 mph.
One explanation for the hiatus in major hurricanes: “Luck, and it will run out,” says Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman with the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Quiet hurricane season predicted

“Luck has certainly played a role,” agrees Klotzbach. Also, steering currents have helped guide storms out to sea, he says.
“We have tended to have a trough of low pressure along the East Coast of the U.S. during the past eight years, which has helped steer storms away from the mainland,” said Klotzbach.
Florida’s nine-year hurricane-free streak is also notable for the state that sticks out into the hurricane zone like a sore thumb: Since 1851, 114 hurricanes have hit Florida, according to data from the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. This is 39% of the total number of U.S. hurricane strikes.
“These remarkable streaks must end sometime.” noted Roger Pielke, Jr., a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado,
“We need to be prepared that this would be the year that both streaks end,” added Feltgen.

Hurricane season begins June 1. Klotzbach and his team at Colorado State, which includes William Gray, the dean of hurricane forecasting, are predicting a below-average season, with only three hurricanes forecast to form in the Atlantic.
AccuWeather’s forecast, released today, also predicts a below-average season, with five hurricanes.
A season with few hurricanes doesn’t mean that the ones that do form will be weak: In 1992, only four hurricanes formed, but one of them was monstrous Hurricane Andrew, which killed dozens and caused $27 billion in damages as it battered south Florida.
Federal forecasters from the Climate Prediction Center will issue their forecast on May 22.

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Florida tax free Hurricane Shopping

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 14, 2014

Florida tax free Hurricane ShoppingFrom May 31–June 8, Floridians can purchase batteries, flashlights, tarps, and even generators worth $750 or less without having to pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax.
“This is going to go a long way to helping Floridians prepare for hurricane season, making sure they have all the supplies they need to get themselves and their families ready,” said Bryan Koon, the state’s emergency management director.
The legislation also authorizes a three-day back-to-school sales tax holiday in August.
Under the bill (HB 5601), shoppers would not have to pay sales taxes on any clothes worth $100 or less, school supplies worth $15 or less or on the first $750 of the cost of a personal computer. This holiday will be held Aug. 1–3.
The third sales tax holiday will be held Sept. 19–21 on the purchase of energy-efficient appliances costing $1,500 or less.
The tax cut package is a portion of roughly $500 million worth of tax and fee cuts that were approved this spring by the Florida Legislature. Scott already signed into a law a rollback of annual auto registration fees. The average motorist will pay about $25 less a year on registration fees starting in September.
Scott asked for many of the tax cuts passed by legislators, but he did not get everything he wanted. The governor, for example, wanted legislators to lower the sales tax placed on commercial rent.
Legislators also rejected Scott’s request to keep alive his push to eliminate the corporate income tax. Scott at one time vowed to get rid of the tax in seven years, but has been forced to scale it back due to legislative resistance.
Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne and the House member in charge of pushing tax cut bills, said earlier this month the corporate income tax cut got “squeezed out” after legislators went along with the size of the auto registration fee rollback sought by the governor.

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Hurricane Shutters FAQ

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 13, 2014

Hurricane Shutters FAQWhen it comes to Hurricane Shutters you need to know that they will indeed stand up to, well, a hurricane. Your Hurricane Shutters will be that first line of defense that keeps your windows, and the inside of your home, intact. To make sure that Hurricane Shutters will indeed stand up to their name the State of Florida requires independent testing and review by a Florida licensed professional engineer. Once they have verified that the shutters will indeed withstand a hurricane the product is approved.

Q: Should I tape my windows when a hurricane threatens?

A: NO! It is a waste of effort, time, and tape. It offers little strength to the glass and NO protection against flying debris. After the storm passes you will spend many a hot summer afternoon trying to scrape the old, baked-on tape off your windows (assuming they weren’t shattered). Once a Hurricane Warning has been issued you would be better off spending your time putting up shutters over doors and windows.

Q: Should I put shutters over my doors ???

A: Obviously sliding glass doors, french doors or any door with considerable glass in it should be protected. Some double doors or garage doors should either be shuttered or reinforced. In Hurricane Andrew many of these type doors gave way.

Q: Why should I get hurricane shutters ?

A: People who live in coastal counties from Texas to Maine, and those in other hurricane prone areas, such as most of the Florida peninsula, will find shutters an excellent investment for protecting their lives and property. They protect against wind and wind-borne debris. These shutters protect not only the windows or doors they cover, but also possessions and people inside the building. Once a window or door has been breeched by hurricane winds tremendous pressure is brought to bear on interior walls and upward pressure on the building’s roof. This can lead to roof failure which exposes the entire contents of the building to the storm. Shutters are a first line of defense against the hurricane. Much of the damage and building failure in Hurricane Andrew could have been prevented by well installed hurricane shutters over windows and doors.

Q: Why should I bother with shutters if I live in an evacuation zone?

A: Shutters will protect your house and possessions from wind damage whether you are there or not. If the storm surge should reach your home then the shutters won’t protect against the flood of water. But not every place in the evacuation zone will flood. You should take every reasonable precaution to protect your property.

Q: What are the best kind of shutters ?

A: The best kind are those that are affordable, are easy to install, and offer the greatest protection. Which of these properties is most important to you depends on individual circumstances. For a disabled or elderly person it may be ease of installation with either an automatic closing mechanism or accordion type shutters. For those with limited incomes plywood shutters may be the only affordable option. For most people the best compromise would be steel panels, which offer good protection, but are expensive and take effort to install. Aluminum panels are lighter and easier to install, but offer less protection and may not meet the building code for your area.
Which ever type you decide on it is important to remember that shutters are only as good as the quality of their installation. Ensure that the shutters or their anchors are installed by qualified workmen and that quality materials that meet the building code for your area are used.

Q: What about the plastic film and shatter resistant windows I’ve heard about ?

A: Although these are remarkable products that are being improved every year, they are no substitute for shutters. If you have windows that for some reason, such as access, can’t be shuttered then you may wish to consider using the film or installing the shatter resistant glass.
Remember that the film only protects the glass. The frame is still under pressure and the whole window could fail. Windows with these treatments will still suffer damage from the impact of debris and may have to be replaced after a storm, whereas a shutter would take most or all of the energy of such an impact. Films and special glasses also might not meet the building code for your area.

Q: How do I choose an installation company I can trust ?

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

Q: When is the best time to get my shutters installed ?
 
A: The best time to have shutters installed is when the house is built so they can be a part of the design. If you own a house without shutters have them installed as soon as is practical. Keep in mind that the beginning of hurricane season may be a busy time for most installation companies. Do NOT wait until a Hurricane Watch is issued for your area.
At the start of each hurricane season you should test out your shutters. For permanently installed shutters try closing each one to make sure they work smoothly and lock tight. For panels and plywood shutters try a couple of windows and doors to ensure the hardware works and check the time you need to complete the job. Check all panels for warpage or other damage which could compromise its integrity. Repair any problems at this time so that everything is ready when a storm threatens.

When a Hurricane Watch is issued for your area check all mechanisms and hardware again, and maybe pre-install the more difficult shutters. If you live in an evacuation zone and it will take 2 or 3 hours to complete your shutter installation, you may want to start during the Watch phase. If you are not in an evacuation zone you should time your installation early in the Warning phase so that you are not struggling with panels during high winds.

Q: What if I can’t afford commercial shutters ?

A: The least expensive, effective method of protecting windows is probably using plywood. The key to plywood shutters is thickness and installation. Use at least 5/8 inch exterior grade plywood, it makes the shutters heavier but safer. They should be cut to fit inside the window frame, installed prior to hurricane season, marked for which window they are made for, and stored with their hardware, preferably in a dry location. Heat and moisture over time will warp plywood, and a good fit is essential to their effectiveness.

If even these shutters seem too expensive consider making them for two or three windows at a time, starting with the most vulnerable. After a few years you will have your whole house ready.

Q: Can condominium associations prohibit shutters ?

A: The short answer in Florida is NO. Chapter 718 of Florida Statutes of the Comdominium Act (1991) permits each board of administration to adopt specifications as to color, style, etc., but all specifications “shall comply with the applicable building code”. The Florida statutes further state “… a board shall not refuse to approve the installation or replacement of hurricane shutters conforming to the specifications adopted by the board.”

No matter what hurricane needs you have contact CAT 5 Shutters, LLC for a free estimate.

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Get Supplies

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 7, 2014

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During and after a hurricane, you may need supplies to keep your family safe and healthy. Remember that a hurricane could cut off your power and water supply. You also may not be able to drive because of damage to your car. Roads may be flooded or blocked.

That’s why it’s best to be prepared — stock up on everything you might need now. Here’s a checklist of what you need:

Food and Medicine
Clean containers for water
At least 5 gallons of water per person (which should be enough to last 3 to 5 days)A 3 to 5 day supply of food that doesn’t go bad (like canned food)Baby food or formula
Prescription medicines
Safety Items
First aid kit and instructions
Fire extinguisherBattery-powered radio
Flashlights
Extra batteries
Sleeping bags or extra blanketsSupplies to make drinking water safe (like iodine tablets or chlorine bleach)Learn more about making drinking water safe.

Personal Care Products
Hand sanitizer
Wet cleaning cloths (like baby wipes) in case you don’t have clean water
Soap
Toothpaste
Tampons and pads
Diapers
Make sure your supplies are stored together in a place that’s easy to reach.

Make an Emergency Car Kit
In case you need to leave quickly during a hurricane, always keep an emergency kit in your car, too. Make sure you include:
Food that doesn’t go bad (like canned food)FlaresJumper cables (sometimes called booster cables)MapsTools, like a roadside emergency kit Learn more about supplies to include in your first aid kit.

A first aid kit and instructionsA fire extinguisherSleeping bagsFlashlight and extra batteriesHaving a GPS — either in your car or on your smartphone — can help during an emergency too.

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