Monday, December 14, 2009

Illustrative Video about Impact Windows and Doors

For those looking for an easy explanation (with clear illustrations) of how hurricane-driven forces and wind-borne debris can significantly damage a house, the Federal Alliance for Same Homes (FLASH) organization has put together a series of great videos covering this topic. The video embedded below highlights how vulnerable window and door components are in the event of a hurricane.  With great video simulations, it shows how the building envelope can be breached if window and door openings are not properly protected against the enhanced wind pressures and wind-borne debris.

The video recommends to always use products which have been tested and approved by the following standards, evaluation reports or approval systems:

  • SSTD 12
  • ASTM E 1886
  • ASTM E 1996
  • Miami-Dade Protocols
  • TAS 201, TAS 202, TAS 203

You can find additional information about hurricane protection and impact windows at FLASH has more educational videos, in addition to a variety of written reports.

If you find this information valuable, let me know.