Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.
If you have been keeping up with the news for the first week of October 2016, you undoubtedly are aware of the presence of hurricane Matthew, which is posing a risk to many people, homes, and buildings in Florida and the surrounding states. Unfortunately, the presence of La Niña following a particularly active El Nino, which is the pattern in effect now, will often result in severe weather like hurricanes. That is substantiated by the number of early or severe hurricanes already experienced in 2016 and the correlated damage. Therefore, if you live in an area prone to hurricanes or other high winds and have delayed giving your home the hurricane-resistant, safe windows that it needs, the following information will help you to be sure that your new windows have the right components to be as safe as possible during hurricane season.
Understanding Why You Need to Plan for Hurricanes
It will first be necessary to understand why you need to reinforce the windows and frames in your home against hurricane and other high winds. While you could be familiar with the concept of taping your windows against high winds, doing so is only a stop-gap measure at best and cannot give you the increased protection that properly secured windows in adequate frames will provide.
Therefore, it is crucial to choose the most appropriate glass and type of window frame for your needs, as discussed below.
Choosing Impact-resistant Glass
While many people believe they have made arrangements for their windows to be hurricane proof, they've really only given their windows the ability to withstand severe weather events for a longer period of time. You can choose windows that contain a layer of external lamination that provides some invaluable protection if the glass breaks.
Alternatively, you can choose windows with a membrane between the layers of glass that preserve its cohesiveness. You will find that, if the glass does break, it will do so more safely and with less risk of injury to people or animals in the area. That is because the inner membrane remains intact, helping to contain the glass and contributing to the impermeable cohesion.
Understanding What Happens When the Frame Is Not Adequate
An ideal option for many homes is often going to be a heavy-duty frame that will both surround the glass and keep the exterior of the home intact. That is important because, if the glass does break or if the structural integrity of the frame becomes impaired, the wind will have the opportunity to access the interior of your home. The difference in pressure between the inside of your home and outside will put your home at a higher risk of crumbling.
Choosing the Best Material for Your Window Frame
Your frame needs to be as sturdy as possible, because the combination of intact glass and frame could be the difference between a destroyed home after a hurricane and a damaged one. Therefore, you need a heavy-duty frame and common materials include vinyl, wood, and metal. It is a good idea to speak with a contractor like Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling, Inc. about the possibility of further protecting the window frames by reinforcing it with steel. If doing so is unappealing, you can also ask about other reinforcement options.
In conclusion, hurricanes can be responsible for millions of dollars worth of damage, as well as many deaths and injuries each year. Therefore, if you live in an area prone to hurricanes or other high winds, you should consider the above information when planning for replacement windows to make your family safer.Share
6 October 2016