Although hurricane season for 2014 was noted as beginning in June the highest number of hurricane incidents actually happen around this time through October. Being prepared is key. Do you need replacement windows? While many people think of an action plan, something they often forget is if the house itself is prepared. Windows are one of the four most vulnerable areas of the house. Have you checked your windows lately?
It’s important to check your windows regularly (at least annually) to be sure they are in good condition. They should work properly and have no leaks or cracks. This is also true of businesses as well. Protecting both homes and businesses is important – particularly closer to the coast. Although damage is more likely in buildings that are closest to the coast, many homes and businesses have been impacted by hurricanes in the past that were further inland – and some have been caught off guard. Don’t let that happen to you!
One of the best ways to be sure you are prepared is determining if replacement windows are needed. Do your windows have impact-resistant glass? If not, you may want to consider a change! Impact-resistant glass helps withstand high winds and debris without the need for shutters or plywood. Testing is done to ensure they can be used in all regions of the country that have building code compliances for impact-resistant products. This includes, of course, the Texas Department of Insurance windstorm inspection program.
Impact-resistant glass is best for not only hurricane season but general high wind as well whether it be a severe storm or even the outer bands of a hurricane. Although it is projected this year will have less severe weather and hurricanes, it’s always better to be prepared than not. It is always better to have peace of mind than regret.
If you’re not sure whether or not your windows are prepared, give us a call today.