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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.