How Can Hurricane Resistant Doors and Windows Protect My Home During a Hurricane?

With all of the recent devastation from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, you may be wondering what you can do to protect your home from future hurricanes. Your home’s windows and doors are very susceptible to wind damage. Water can also enter your home through these access points and in almost no time your entire home can be flooded.

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What Should You Pack in an Emergency Kit?

Being well prepared can make all the difference in an emergency situation. A basic emergency kit could help keep you alive in an extreme situation, so having one could be of critical importance. You can probably guess that an emergency kit should include food and water, but the following infographic will provide you with a few other must-haves. Alufab USA can help you prepare your home to better withstand a hurricane, contact us today to learn more.

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What is The Best Type of Storm Protection for Your Windows?

Protecting your home from storms is crucial if you live in the Fort Myers area. Windows are the most susceptible part of your home, so choosing the best product to protect them is vitally important. Learn more about these four popular window protection options and which one may be right for your home.

Accordion Shutters

  • Preferred hurricane protection choice for Florida home and business owners
  • Permanently mounted beside windows and doors
  • Can easily be put in place by one person
  • Can be locked with a key for security and theft protection
  • Will not rust or corrode under intense heat and humidity

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How to Keep Your Pets Safe During an Emergency

 

Most owners consider pets to be a part of their family. That means that during an emergency you should do everything you can to keep your animals safe. Never assume that your pet will be okay during an emergency; always bring them with you when evacuating if possible. Follow these tips to keep your animals safe during an emergency.

Prepare a Plan

Most pets stay home alone during the day while their “parents” are at work. In case a disaster was to strike, you should make sure someone knows that you have a pet at home. This would ideally be a neighbor who is retired or works from home – or a friend or relative who lives nearby. Give them a spare key just in case, and you can put a rescue alert sticker on your front door which will alert police officers or firefighters that you have a pet inside your home.

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What To Do When a Hurricane is About to Arrive

When hurricane season is imminent, it’s important to be aware of the best practice tips you should know. After all, there’s nothing like seeing a warning on TV and having only the vaguest sense of what to do. If a hurricane watch or warning alert has just shown up on the radar, it’s vital to know exactly what to do to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your home. In this post, Alufab USA will outline some of the basic tips you should know so you can be best prepared before, during, and after a hurricane.

What To Do as the Season Starts

It’s important to enter the season prepared. If you’re close to the coast, make sure you’re familiar with all the evacuation routes. Check that your house meets all necessary building codes, and install storm shutters/panels and impact windows and doors. Stock up on other supplies and tools and non-perishables. Have a rechargeable flashlight, radio, and batteries on hand. In other words, have everything you think you’ll need—and then some! This applies especially to people who live in an area not advised to evacuate: you could lose power or water for days or could simply be unable to leave because of flooding.

What To Do if a Warning is Issued

Generally, a watch will be issued first. This means that the weather conditions are favorable for a warning to occur. If so, keep up with local news and review your disaster supply kit. If the watch turns into a warning, that means the conditions are expected to hit very soon (in under 36 hours). Keep your radio, TV, or phone tuned into the latest weather updates and local emergency instructions. Set up contingency plans to stay in contact with your family and friend in case of a power outage. Fill up your car with fuel so you can be ready to go in an instant, and have some supplies stocked up in there, too.

You’ll want to bring in all lightweight objects indoors. These could pose a threat in high winds. All furniture, toys, or garbage cans should go inside. Trim trees that could fall on the building. Make sure all your windows are covered or the storm shutters are in place. As the hurricane draws closer, check local updates more frequently.

Close your storm shutters within the final hours before the hurricane hits and keep your fridge closed as much as possible in case of a power outage. Make sure you have plenty of clean containers for water. Put plastic sheeting in the bathtub (use a clean shower curtain, for example.)

What to Do During the Hurricane

The most important thing to do is to remain calm. With the stormy weather, shrieking winds, and possible tornadoes, this is paramount. During the storm, make sure you stay inside and away from all windows or glass doors. If you have a closet or basement downstairs, go there and stay there. Do not use any electrical appliances that are plugged in—including your computer. If it may flood, make sure to switch off the electricity on the main breaker. If power does go off, make sure to unplug and turn off your AC, water heater, and other appliances. Finally, make sure you stay inside. If you’re in the eye of the storm, it’ll be calm for a while, but it’s not over yet. If you go outside, you risk being hit and seriously injured by flying debris.

Once the storm is over, it’s important to stay inside until there’s an all-clear given. Stay off the phone lines unless it’s an emergency, and call the police if there’s a hazardous situation (such as downed power lines or broken gas mains). Be careful and watch out for dangerous situations, such as weak roads or bridges. Use only stored water and food since other food may be spoiled. And above all, be patient. It’ll take times for things to return to normal!

Making Sure You’re Well-Prepared

We at Afulab USA understand just how important to be well prepared for hurricane season, which is why we offer the best hurricane protection supplies in the Fort Myers area. As a small, local business, we strive to give our customers a superb experience that they won’t regret. If you want to get in touch with us, give us a call at 239-226-4872. We can schedule a free in-home consultation so we can explain the benefits of the different hurricane protection services and products we offer. Don’t hesitate—get in touch with us today!

Affordable Hurricane Items to Purchase Now

Living in Florida means that weathering a hurricane is a very likely possibility. Our state has suffered more direct hurricane hits than any other, and even if we aren’t directly hit, it’s often possible to just get a passing-through storm. When hurricane season approaches, it’s important to be well-prepared to minimize possible damage to your home and property. There are various essential items it’s important to stock up on in case the worst happens, which is why Alufab USA has this blog post: to inform you what you need to stock up on now! So if you’re looking for affordable hurricane items to purchase ASAP, this one’s for you!

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Protecting Your Home with Hurricane Shutters

Losing one’s home and, potentially, loved ones in a storm is nothing short of a nightmare. While many may choose to relocate to a more secure location rather than ride out the storm in their home, some will remain, hoping to wait it out with few consequences. Many local governments for areas regularly affected by storms require homes to meet certain building codes that ensure the home can stand up to torrential rain, flooding, winds and some debris. Hurricane shutters are a go-to choice for homeowners to keep their home safe during a major weather event. Read More

Hurricane Screen: Truth vs. Myth

screen blog graphic2Over the past number of years, a variety of “Wind Abatement Screen” products have surfaced, offering homeowners various options, colors and attachment methods. While there is Florida Building Code approval for most of these products, the two concerns for most homeowners is in the areas of deflection and disintegration. As it applies to building codes, deflection is a products ability to repel a projectile without compromising the surface it is protecting. For example, a code-approved metal shutter has a higher ‘deflection value’ than a wind abatement screen, simply because the glass window behind it is less likely to be broken when a projectile hits the metal shutter.

The ‘wind abatement screens’ will withstand high winds, but offer little protection from projectiles, which will either tear the fabric of the screen, or will hit it with such force as to compromise the glass opening the screen was intended to protect. Popular on large-span openings, such as lanais, the screen product also suffers from ultraviolet damage when exposed to the sun for extended periods of time. Once sold under the premise of daily usage for sun blockage and for closing up a home during off-season, many homeowners have seen their screens literally deteriorate to the point of disintegration. Obviously, such damage would render that product totally useless at the time of a storm or hurricane.

If you have further questions or concerns about any ‘wind abatement screen’ product, please contact us.

Is Plywood a Real Hurricane Shutter?

plywood blogIn a short answer, NO. While plywood has been used in the past to ‘shutter’ houses, there are very real and specific issues with using plywood to protect your home, your family and your possessions.

Plywood CAN be considered a “Code-Approved” hurricane protection product, but only when installed with very specific hardware pieces and using very detailed installation methods. It’s safe to say that 99% of homeowners using plywood are not following the “Code-Approved” methods of installation.

In cases where there are no other options, plywood is regarded as a “better than nothing” solution for temporary hurricane protection, but chances are pretty good that the plywood sheets will get wet, will warp and won’t be adequate for usage a second time. Replacing your plywood with standard metal storm panels can be an affordable and much more reliable method for securing your home during a storm.

Storm Preparation

hurricane prep blog graphicWhen it starts looking like a storm might be pointed in our direction, decisions need to be made. First, are you fully prepared to stay and ‘hunker down’ or is evacuating a better plan for you? Either way, there are specific lists of items you’ll need and preparations to be made. We have added a number of resources to our website. Please feel free to click on the links, print what you need and continue to become better prepared for the inevitable storm! If you wait too long, decisions will be make for you and not by you!

When developing your preparedness plan, remember to consider the individual needs of every person (and pet!) under your care. Think about how you would sustain their lives with no electricity, outside resources or assistance for 3-5 days. If you are completely prepared to protect, feed, clothe and medicate all of those in your care, then you are much closer to a ‘state of readinesses!



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