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due to gale force winds
Since news first broke of megastorm Hurricane Sandy's impending arrival along the U.S. eastern seaboard, many positioned within the storm's path were left scrambling to find adequate protection for both their homes and their families.
The recent weather conditions are a perfect example of how a major storm can make landfall with little warning. That's why it's imperative to prepare for serious damage well before a storm cell even becomes a blip on the radar.
When selecting hurricane window screens for your residential or commercial facility(ies), it's important to know what to look for in terms of impact resistance and test requirements.
Below are some frequently asked questions about hurricane screens and their uses:
1. On which types of buildings are hurricane screens typically found?
Hurricane screens are ideal for schools & universities, healthcare facilities, municipal buildings, emergency shelters, condominiums, commercial buildings and residential properties.
|Hurricane screens on the Miami-Dade Police Department|
At minimum, storm barriers should be designed to meet Miami-Dade county testing requirements, as well as tested to meet missile Level D, Level E and Enhanced Level C certifications.
3. What are hurricane screens made of?
Storm barriers are typically constructed of virtually invisible stainless steel wire cloth (or perforated panel) with a main frame, sub-frame and support bar.
Unlike storm shutters, hurricane screens offer some extra perks. The first is solar shading, which softens interior glare, thereby reducing indoor cooling costs. Hurricane screens also act as security screen which offer constant two-way damage control. The security screening capability deters vandalism and helps to protect your windows against possible break-ins.
It's always a good idea to choose screens with no pins to install or remove, and no panels to store. Not only does this make cleaning easier, it reduces the likelihood that loose components will be misplaced. It's also smart to choose storm barriers with an emergency single-point egress for added safety and key-opened access for maintenance and cleaning purposes.
To learn more about hurricane storm barriers for applications in coastal regions