08 Jan How Florida homeowners Prepare Their Homes For Hurricanes The Easy Way
Florida homeowners know that hurricane impact-rated windows and doors are essential, which is why so many have already invested in such a lucrative and valuable asset. Even our seasonal residents (lovingly referred to as snowbirds) have heard the chatter about the many advantages associated with having impact windows and doors will provide them, yet so few have done anything about it.
At the beginning of almost every South Florida summer, before all our snowbirds travel back to their other homes, the HOA’s, neighbors, family, and most trusted friends try to forewarn them or encourage our part-time Floridians to take precautions and prepare for a potential hurricane threat while they’re away.
However, many part-timers feel that either the expense is unaffordable, or they simply don’t have a company they can trust to do the job properly for a fair and reasonable price.
Even worse, some folks still aren’t aware of the many other benefits that an investment in impact-resistant windows and doors will return. These perks can be especially beneficial for our seasonal residents (yes, you snowbirds) who do not want to worry about their property while away for long periods.
Extreme Weather Protection
Impact windows and doors are meant to provide a protective shield for your home all year round so you and your family can rest easy when hurricane season comes around. Garabar recommends this home improvement because it’s an intelligent thing to do, and it keeps you safe! Our windows and doors must go through a series of tests from multiple agencies to ensure their durability. The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) rigorously test hurricane impact windows for missile projectiles. Garabar’s hurricane-rated impact-resistant windows and doors are also put through Miami-Dade Testing and Florida Building Code testing for use in Florida’s High-Velocity Hurricane Zones (HVHZ).
The first of the two tests include ten projectiles out of a cannon, followed by a nine-pound piece of lumber, at multiple points of the glass. The second test uses a machine that simulates varying degrees of pressure against the glass. For each material to pass the test, the hole from the projectile is less than five inches and does not let anything larger than a three-inch sphere pass through. All of the products that we offer homeowners pass these tests.
Home Invasion Prevention
Home invasions are a frequent concern for those who split their time between two different states. Studies claim that a home is broken into every 20.9 seconds in the United States. This can be alarming for those who only reside at a property half the year. While impact windows and door’s main purpose is to protect your home from extreme weather conditions, they are also nearly impossible for intruders to compromise.
The properties of impact glass prevent making an opening large enough for anyone to pass through, even if they manage to get the glass to shatter. Many people have them installed into their homes for this reason alone due to the nearly foolproof security it provides.
Impact windows and doors from Garabar offer year-long security. You’ll never again have to board up your home or worry about unwanted intruders again. To get started on your new impact windows and doors project today, give Garabar a call for a free quote at ! We have trucks traveling all around Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, and beyond, and we can be there fast!