Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Building Features that Reduce Wind Damage

Homeowners should be aware of several building features which reduce wind damage during storms. Some of these features include the following:
  • Hurricane clips and straps that hold the roof structure to the walls.
  • Roof coverings that meet FBC requirments.
  • Exterior opening protection against wind-borne debris. For example, hurricane shutters, impact-resistant windows and doors.
  • Secondary water resistance systems.

In order to find out which of these wind-resistive contruction features a property has, homeowners can hire a home inspection service company to field verify those features. These inspections take between 45 to 90 minutes depending on accessibility to home attics. Now, recently built homes are more probable to have some or all of the features described above. For example, homes built in Miami-Dade and Broward counties after 1994 are more likely to comply to have these features. For the rest of Florida, houses built after March 1st, 2002 needed to comply with the Florida Building Code which demanded these features.

Please keep in mind that insurance companies offer windstorm premium discounts to structures that have wind-resistive construction features.

Visit Astor Impact Windows for information about purchasing impact windows and doors. You can also email us at sales@astorusa.com or call us at 1-800-573-1780.

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