The United States of America is no stranger to hurricanes. In fact, in the past ten years, America came face to face with 31 major Atlantic hurricanes, the last one of which, Hurricane Irma (Category 5), is still approaching Florida during the time of writing this piece, after hitting several Atlantic islands, including Cuba, Barbuda, and the Virgin Islands, and leaving them in ruins. —
As the hurricane moves closer to Florida, citizens were urged to evacuate and move to shelters and/ or to safer states. In addition to evacuation, people are also trying to hurricane-proof their homes as much as possible as they leave them behind looking for safety.
It is important to make sure that windows and doors are strong enough to withstand such drastic weather conditions. And in order to bust the myth, the one thing citizens should not do is apply duct tape to glass windows, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for in case severe winds bust through a window with tape, the glass might break into larger and more fatal shards.
Installing plywood to windows is not a bad idea, however, a better and more technically advanced method would be installing hurricane shutters on all windows, and installing high impact resistant glass windows or hurricane windows.
Contrary to common belief, impact resistance windows, and hurricane windows are not actually the same thing. As a matter of fact, impact resistant windows offer homeowners a greater chance of surviving a hurricane, all while providing noise reduction, intrusion resistance, and improved safety, as they offer a fantastic method to reduce damage caused by intense thunderstorms with destructive winds.
It is also worth mentioning that the glass in impact resistance windows is not 100 percent immune to shattering, however, if it does shatter on impact, the glass will still be attached to the inner membrane, in addition to the window's frame. Homeowners can also take the extra step and cover windows glass with film that is shatter resistant, in order to protect the glass from shattering. To learn more about the advantages of impact resistant windows, read this article.
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