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Although we try our best to avoid Mother Nature’s fury, it is not always possible. When it comes to floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters all we can do is prepare. Disaster often strikes suddenly and without much warning, leaving people helplessly at the mercy of the storms. This is why it is best to take precautions to protect your home.
Impact Windows

In many of these storms, doors and windows are subjected to extreme circumstances, and unfortunately many common products do not offer significant protection against them. This makes them vulnerable to damage, leaving your home or business unprotected from the elements. That is where hurricane doors and impact windows come in.

Hurricane doors are impact-resistant doors that are capable of enduring the ferocity of a hurricane. These doors are made up of weather- shield materials designed to protect against airborne debris and other extreme weather conditions. They are stylish, effective, and durable, offering great protection against any inclement weather.

Impact windows are great because they are strong like storm shutters but offer the same (if not better!) aesthetic and visibility as normal windows. They also offer other benefits, including noise reduction, UV protection, and are more energy efficient than normal windows. Once they are setup, they are ready to begin protecting you whereas storm shutters need to be installed and removed frequently. This makes impact windows convenient, cost effective, and a great security precaution to take for your home or business.

Palm Aluminum represents one of the finest names in the window and door industry in Coconut Creek, Florida. With a goal to offer the best solutions at the best prices, Palm Aluminum offer a wide range of hurricane protection for windows in Florida that will fulfill all your security needs. They are not just a purchase, but an investment into your property. For more information on hurricane doors, and other glass services.

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Is it time to replace your windows? Sometimes the answer is an obvious, yes. Cracked window panes or leaking, rotting frames are definite signs that it’s time for new windows. If your home contains single-pane or temperature-conductive windows, you might upgrade to a more energy-efficient window. In any case, replacing your windows is an important decision. Especially considering the cost of the purchase and the fact that most expect new windows to last for twenty years or more. So if you’re thinking about purchasing new windows, it’s a good idea to know what your options are.

Window Styles

Your choice for window style depends on the structure of your home and function of the window. The most basic and popular window styles include:

  • Single or Double Hung Windows: Most homes contain these windows. They are made of two separate sash which open or close by sliding up and down. A single hung window only opens from the bottom up, while double hung windows open from the top and the bottom. Double hung windows create better airflow and are great for homes with small children because they make it difficult for the child to climb out of the bottom window.
  • Casement Windows: These windows are made of one large sash that is hinged vertically and swings open using a lever or other similar mechanism.
  • Awning Windows: These windows are hinged at the top and open from the bottom. They are very popular in coastal areas and bathrooms.
  • Slider Windows: As the name suggests, these windows open by sliding from side to side, ideal for small spaces.

Window Frame Materials

You have several options when it comes to window framing. Most choose wood or vinyl, however there are three materials that work well depending on your needs.

  • Wood Windows: Wood windows offer great style and are resistant to heat and cold. The downside is that wood requires maintenance including painting, staining, and weather treatment.
  • Vinyl Windows: Vinyl is nice because it looks great and is virtually maintenance free and reasonably priced. They do require cleaning from time to time.
  • Aluminum Frame Windows: Not very energy-efficient, these window frames are not as commonly used. However, they are very durable, affordable, and require low maintenance.

Window Glass

With recent technology advancements, you now have many more options when it comes to window glass. Not only can you choose between double, triple, and quadruple-pane glass, you also have to think about the space in between the panes. This spacing does more for insulation than adding more panes. The most popular and efficient window glass includes:

  • Low Emissivity (Low-E) Glass: This glass is made with a thin layer of material on the surface that reduces the amount of heat and cold that can flow through the glass.
  • Impact Resistant Glass: Great for areas that are prone to extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes, impact-resistant windows are very durable and shatter-resistant.

There you have it. Are you ready to get rid of those old windows and high energy bills? Now’s the time to replace your old windows with new, beautiful and energy-efficient windows.

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If you live in a tropical storm-prone area, you must have a certain level of preparedness. Although you can’t prevent all damage, you can lessen the dangers and destruction caused by a hurricane. Injury, death, home damage, or home losses are all possible side effects of these storms. There are many things that can be done to prepare in advance, or just before the storm hits.

Hurricane, Flood, Tornado and Wind Damage Insurance

If you have homeowners insurance, or are looking for a new policy, consider what kind of storm coverage offered. Those who live in areas that are prone to natural disasters such as flooding, should always have weather-related insurance to avoid costly repairs.

Stock Up On the Necessities

When the news broadcast hits and there is a hurricane headed for your area, it’s very comforting to know that you already have things you need. You don’t want to shove your way through people trying to get supplies and groceries at the last minute. Here are some things to put away in case of any emergency, including a hurricane:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Water (3 gallons per persons/day)
  • Formula and other baby products
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing and blankets
  • Flashlights and batteries

Preventing Damage

There are companies for hire who can “hurricane proof” your home. They have items such as shatter proof glass that will make your home safer and less prone to expensive damage. Having shatter proof windows help prevent injuries involving broken glass. Another option is to duct tape or board up your windows. Duct tape doesn’t prevent the glass from breaking, but it does prevent shattered glass from being blown about inside the house. Always be sure to stay away from windows during a storm, even if you have taken action to prevent breakage.

Being Prepared Means Less Panic

Knowing what you need and what to do during a hurricane will make your experience much more bearable. Sit down with your loved ones, and come up with a plan for your upcoming hurricane season.

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Broken windows, power outages, and beach erosion: all are common signs of hurricane destruction! If you were in Joaquin’s path this season, you may have seen the damage a hurricane causes, but Joaquin doesn’t begin to compare to these deadly, land sweepers!

5. Sea Islands Hurricane of 1893

  • 2,000 deaths.
  • Category 3 Hurricane.
  • The first targeted Savannah, GA Storm.
  • Surge of almost 16 ft.
  • Destroyed almost every building on the barrier islands.
  • 30,000 left homeless.

4. Cheniere Caminanda Hurricane of 1893

  • 2,000 killed.
  • Category 4 Hurricane.
  • Winds reached 135 MPH.
  • Impacted homes from New Orleans to Alabama.

3. Hurricane Katrina of 2005

  • 1,800 died.
  • Mississippi, South East Lousiana, and Alabama coast left with damage.
  • Levees protecting New Orleans failed.
  • New Orleans was left under 20 ft. of water.
  • New Orleans’ population drastically declined.

2. Hurricane of Lake Okechobee, 1928

  • 3,000 killed.
  • The majority of people died by drowning.
  • Category 5 Hurricane.
  • The storm surge caused lake Okechobee to overflow.
  • The area was left under 10 to 15 feet of water.
  • Wind speeds up to 140 MPH.

1. “The Great Galveston” of 1900

  • 12,000 people died.
  • Category 4 Hurricane.
  • South, East, and West sides of Galveston, Texas were destroyed.
  • Storm surge of 15 ft.
  • Destroyed up to five blocks inland.
  • 3,500 buildings were destroyed.

Hurricanes have been recorded as malicious storms since the late 1800’s. Almost 80 years stood between the Hurricane of Lake Okechobee and Hurricane Katrina, two of our top five deadliest hurricanes. You never know when the next massive storm is going to hit the United States and leave people scrounging to find protection from massive winds and flooding.

It’s best to always prepare yourself for the possibility of tormenting, severe, hurricane weather, instead of waiting to see what happens. During this season stay informed of rough tropical storm conditions that could develop into the next big hurricane.

Living here in sunny South Florida is a true pleasure for most of the year; however, as we all well aware of and have experienced each & every year, hurricane season edges up on us quite suddenly or so it seems. Is your home properly protected? If so, that is wonderful and I congratulate you for your wise decision and best yet, you are likely reaping the benefits of reduced insurance rates because of that wise decision to protect your home. love ones and your irreplaceable valuables. But, if your home has not been protected, then I can only ask, why not? The evidence is in and has been for a very long time, impact-resistant windows & doors save lives, valuables, and almost as important, they save you from worrying about what you are going to do as you track the path of another hurricane as it is featured on the weather channel and on every other news station in what was formerly sunny South Florida!

 

Impact-resistant windows & doors now come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and functions. There truly is a window or door that will fit every opening, in your home or place of business, that will protect you and your loved ones from the ravages of a hurricane, tropical storm, or even a determined intruder. What makes these windows & doors impact-resistant? Well, there really is no secret recipe to design such an impact-resistant product, but after Hurricane Andrew decimated South Florida in 1992, there certainly was a need for such products. Andrew laid bare the sad fact that we, in the hurricane zone (HVHZ) were not being properly protected by the products on the market at that time. So, impact-resistant products were demanded and the local building codes were toughened up requiring such products or shutters to be installed whenever a change was being made to your home or place of business. In fact, these codes keep getting tougher and tougher so that the hurricane windows and doors tested today are stronger and safer than ever before. In fact, the Miami/Dade testing protocols are the strongest, toughest, and safest in the world today.

 

Impact-resistant windows  and doors will provide you with many benefits that other impact-resistant products cannot. For example: an impact-resistant window provides full protection while letting the light in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. You are fully protected every day of the year with out having to add or remove any products. Whether you are at home, away on a vacation, or you are a snowbird residing here only a portion of the year, you have the best and safest protection for your home and/or business that is available today. But, not only will your home be safer, it will be quieter too; in fact, so much quieter that you will be surprised at how noisy the world is that we live in once you open your windows to get in fresh air on the 9 days a year that you might actually want to do so. As well, impact windows and doors filter out the harmful UVA & UVB rays of the sun that cause the sun fading of your pictures, paintings, furniture and flooring. You see, impact-resistant products are a laminate. Two sheets of glass sandwich a sheet of plastic, kind of like glass plywood, and it is this combination that has revolutionized the window & door industry! It is the  soft center, the plastic core that can take credit for impact-resistant products’ versatility and performance as glass alone was never able to attain the needed specifications of a demanding building code as we all saw after Hurricane Andrew.

 

The three layers (two glass and one plastic) that make up impact-resistant glass protect us from wind-borne as well as human-borne debris. No more stones being kicked up and going through our front windows when a lawn mower or weed-whacker pass by; break-in artists are stymied when they try to enter your home illegally by the same unique features that protect your home from a Category 5 Hurricane. Impact-Resistant products are much more than just glass; they are a very unique and specialized system. It is only the combination of impact-resistant glass, held in place by heavy duty, thicker, stronger and tougher impact-resistant, frames, made of aluminum, vinyl, fiberglass, or clad wood, and are installed by professionals trained to meet the requirements of a very demanding, and justifiably so, Florida Building Code, as well as the tough as nails Miami/Dade testing protocols that in total make for an impact-resistant window or door that will thoroughly and properly protect your home.

 

That is not to say that these products will not crack, they may, but they take a phenomenal amount of  abuse, pressure, and impacts without allowing the harmful penetration of projectiles or water.  With impact-resistant windows and doors installed in your home or business you will be in a much safer & quieter environment, that is now much more energy efficient than ever before. Basic impact-resistant glass is actually more energy efficient than your original single pane of glass and the way that the glass is put into the heavy-duty impact-resistant frames, especially if it is tinted gray, green, or bronze, cuts way back and reduces air and water infiltration significantly! When you add in that your new home & business full-time protectors will be sealed with new caulking, then the leaks of old, both water & air, will only be a distant memory.  But, that is not all, today you can have even more energy efficiency, much more, as new and exciting energy efficient additions to your impact-resistant products are now available and under the new Florida 2014 Building Code are now required in many places.

 

These additions include Low-E coatings that can help turn a sun-ravaged, hot house into a much cooler and comfortable home. Low-E, and there are several types of varying efficiencies, is added as a coating between the glass and is most often used in conjunction with an additional non-impact sheet of glass, that is referred to as insulating glass. This combination when added to the already formidable impact-resistant glass makes for a winning and saving combination. Not only will your home and business be protected from intruders, windborne debris, and air & water infiltration, but you can now have an even quieter energy-efficient home. Most heat penetration, what we in the industry call, Solar Heat Gain (SHGC) comes through your windows & doors, but now you can be in control of where the heat comes in, by keeping it out with a glass combination that commonly known as and called insulated, impact-resistant glass with Low-E and possibly Argon (a heavier than air, gas that slows down the transfer of heat between the glass panes that make up an insulated, impact-resistant glass unit). These exciting additions leave you in control; depending on what your local codes call for, you can add or leave out Low-E and choose to add it only when and where it is really needed, usually in the openings that face the harmful and very hot rays of direct sun, such as Western exposures.

 

We are living in an interesting and potentially dangerous time as weather forecasters are predicting, with the advent of global warming, more and ever more-powerful hurricanes, as the Ocean and Gulf waters heat up. Insurance companies keep raising their rates to compensate for real or imagined crises, but for the first time in history, you do not need to stand by and feel helpless as events that are out of your control swirl around you. Now you can keep the weather out, keep intruders out, and for the first time, keep the heat out as well! Impact-resistant and Insulated, impact-resistant products with Low-E can and will envelope and protect all that is dear to you in a quiet, energy efficient shield. Save some money, save time, and save yourself some aggravation by protecting your home with the only products that matter in our unique South Florida environment. Don’t pay FPL or your insurance company one dime more than you have to; protect your home, your family, and the environment as well by looking into the purchase of insulated, impact-resistant doors and windows and one more point. If you do choose to do so, make sure that you only contract with a  Florida licensed and reputable installation company. Check out the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List. Protect yourself first financially from unlicensed and untrained scam artists (let’s face it we all live here in South Florida and we have all heard the stories, so be safe and be aware, ‘Caveat Emptor’ and then, once you are sure that you made the right choice, and only then contract to protect your home and place of business from the worst that nature and mankind has to offer!