Florida Home Improvements Need to Protect Homes from Increased Hurricane Activity in 2011
07/11/2011

Both the National Hurricane Center and the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University have ongoing Tropical Storm Forecasts. Their extended range forecast for 2011 is well above-average activity for the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. What’s a Florida homeowner to do? Living in a hurricane prone area means that Florida home improvement should also include hurricane protection.

Online PR News – 11-July-2011 – – According to the National Hurricane Center, “More storms hit Florida than any other U.S. state. Looking at the years from 1851 to 2004, for hurricanes of Category 3 and higher: Florida had 35 hurricanes, Texas, 19; Georgia, 3; and Alabama 6. Typically, at least one named storm makes landfall in Florida every season.”

The Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University also has ongoing Tropical Storm Forecasts. Their extended range forecast for 2011 is “well above-average activity for the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season.”

well above-average activity for the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season.

What’s a Florida homeowner to do? Living in a hurricane prone area means that Florida home improvement should also include hurricane protection. One improvement many turn to is installing hurricane impact resistant windows and hurricane impact resistant doors. Considered to be the state of the art alternative to hurricane shutters or storm panels, impact windows and doors are designed to stay in one piece when struck by high winds and flying debris. Impact resistant replacement windows and doors also protect the building itself from high winds.

Homeowners are not only adding a significant safety feature by installing impact resistant replacement windows and hurricane impact resistant doors, as older inefficient windows may be costing you a minimum of 20% more in higher cooling bills. Hurricane Impact resistant replacement windows and doors not only help protect against high winds, tropical storms, hurricanes, and water penetration but they are nearly impossible for a burglar to penetrate and break into your home. Being that hurricane impact resistant windows and doors are built of a heavy-duty aluminum frame with a PVB interlayer sealed in between two layers of glass they are well insulated and protect the home from outdoor weather changes including the blocking of ultraviolet rays which causes sun discoloration damage to exposed fabrics such as drapes, blinds, carpet, tile, and furniture. Lastly, due to the excessive thickness of framing and glass, hurricane impact windows and doors eliminate approximatly 60+% of exterior noises, thus making your home or condo unit nearly hush quiet to the exterior elements.

Another major concern in hurricane prone areas such as Florida is your roof. New green roofing materials and aesthetically pleasing blends of colorful tiles and three dimensional deluxe architectural shingles enhance the appearance of your home, save you money on energy costs, and increase your roof’s hurricane wind load capacities. High winds and flying debris from hurricanes can easily damage and or destroy a roof. It is very important that a roof be constructed with as much wind load uplift resistance as possible. However, paying more for a roof doesn’t necessarily mean the roof will have better wind resistance. It is always best to check with the manufacturer of the roofing material in order to find the wind ratings of the roofing and when searching for new roofing replacement contractors, homeowners need to be cautious, as even the best roofing, if not installed properly, will fail in high wind conditions.

The installation of new hurricane impact windows, doors, and roofing are eligible for home and business owner insurance discounts, lower deductibles, and may even be the difference as to whether or not a homeowner, condo, or business policy will be issued to you by an insurance carrier.

About Gulf Atlantic Industries of America, Inc:
Gulf Atlantic Industries is a South Florida general contractor, specializing in residential, hi-rise remodeling, home improvement, and light commercial contracting. They offer fast, reliable repairs following disasters and preventive measures for home, hi-rise, and light commercial property improvements including: new roofs, screen pool and patio enclosures, replacement windows, impact resistant doors, and hurricane shutters. FEMA Approved Contractor and Disaster Relief Team Specialist Contractor serving Miami to Melbourne on Florida’s East Coast, Miami to Port Charlotte / Punta Gorda on Florida’s West Coast, the Florida Keys, and all points in between. Call at 1–800-679-0369 or 305-937-0500 & visit them on line at www.remodelsouthflorida.com.

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