Lightning bolts streak through the sky during a hurricane or storm in Florida

The Hurricane’s Window of Opportunity: Wind Damage

Here in the greater Tampa Bay area, we are no strangers to storm surges, power outages, constant lightning, and flooding, among other hurricane related dangers.

Wind-borne damage is not to be underestimated.

Before the bands of the next hurricane blow in to batter your home, allow us to clear the air. You should know the importance of hurricane impact windows.

Lightening Hurricane Impact Windows

Taking Wind Speed Seriously

Even the winds of a Category 1 hurricane — roughly 74 mph to 95 mph, per the Saffir-Simpson Scale — can be very dangerous.

“Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters,” the National Hurricane Center (NHC) explains. “Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.”

And from there, it only gets worse. Hurricane categories work on a sliding scale of wind speeds, reaching up to as high as 157 mph or higher at a Category 5.

Consequently, no matter the strength of the hurricane in question, there is always the possibility that the winds may lift and throw debris capable of shattering your windows. And once the windows are blown out, the change in pressure may further destroy the overall structure of your home.

Reliable and Impact-Resistant

Hurricane-resistant windows became not only standard but a requirement for certain areas in Florida following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Specifically, in 2002, the modern Florida Building Code officially went into effect. Properties most at risk for hurricane damage were required to be built to a higher structural standard.

Among these new requirements included the adoption of hurricane-resistant windows or shutters for replacement windows.

In order to withstand the force of hurricane winds and wind-borne detritus, hurricane windows need to be constructed with impact-resistant materials. Oftentimes, this includes layer treatments of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) to help prevent the glass from shattering.

If damaged, the glass will fracture into a spider-web-like pattern, but the overall window itself will remain in one piece and in place.

Calling Karoly Windows and Doors

Here at Karoly Windows and Doors, we are committed to helping the property owners throughout Pinellas County and Tampa Bay stay safe throughout the hurricane season and beyond.

Thus, we are proud to offer our industry-leading hurricane impact windows, which are framed with durable vinyl material and will remain intact when struck, thereby preventing shattering and pressure-related collapses.

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