Every year, tropical wind storms form over the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic hurricane season usually begins in June and ends in November and it averages out at about five to six hurricanes per year. Classed as a Category 1, the lowest wind speed of a hurricane starts at 74 mph and can be highly destructive. There are five categories altogether and each category is based on its wind speed and its potential to cause damage. A Category 5 hurricane includes winds that exceed 156 mph. The costliest hurricane America has seen to date is Hurricane Katrina, which caused damages of an estimated $108 billion and a tragic number of lives lost. Latest hurricanes such as Harvery and Irma caused severe damages.
There are certain areas in the United States that are hurricane prone. The High Velocity Hurricane Zones (HVHZ) include the county of Miami-Dade and Broward, which is defined by the Florida Building Code. Depending on what region you live in, different hurricane protection systems are necessary. All heroal protection systems are approved by both Florida Building Code and the Texas Department of Insurance, and they are certified to be installed in HVHZ and non-HVHZ regions.
The heroal hurricane and storm protection systems can be adapted to fit windows and doors in all shapes and sizes. Not only do our products provide the highest level of certified protection, but they also offer a variety of designs, energy efficiency measures, burglar resistance and environmental sustainability.
Protecting a building against hurricanes usually begins with the windows and patio doors – both must resist penetration by flying debris and remain in place and intact throughout a storm. If the building envelope is breached by means of a broken window or patio door, wind may enter the building and cause an increase in pressure that could lift the roof off and push the walls out. The level of impact protection is categorized into five different missile levels (from A to E) – each of which is measured by the speed and mass of the object. The highest category, Category E, requires a 2 x 4 lumber of 9.0 lb. with an impact speed of 80 f/s. The way in which the impact resistance is tested, is by shooting an object, such as lumber and steel balls, onto the shutter system. The shutters should have no rips or holes exceeding a length of 5 inches and a width of 1/16 of an inch, through which air can pass – this is to avoid pressurization of the home. In addition to this, wind load resistance tests are expressed in both positive and negative values. Our systems can withstand wind speed of up to 150 mph. Find out how FBC & TDI define their standards which can be found in the table below.
heroal provides effective protection against hurricanes, to ensure your safety. Find out for yourself!
- Certified hurricane protection
- FBC & TDI approved
- Category E: highest level of protection
- HVHZ approved
Did you know? You can save money on your insurance by installing a hurricane protection system. Simply contact your broker now and find out more about the advantages of such systems and how much you can save on costs.
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