Is Your Home Hurricane Ready?

September 9, 2015

Hurricane season 2015 is in full swing, and residents across the coastal U.S. are being urged to prepare themselves, and their homes. A house is highly susceptible to damages inflicted by these devastating storms, with the National Weather Service listing primary hazards as storm surge flooding, inland flooding and damages from destructive winds, tornadoes and high surf and rip currents.

Homeowners are now being encouraged to create a dedicated disaster safety plan to identify the steps to take before, during and after a hurricane. Included with this plan is a stockpile of equipment and gear to be stored in an easy-to-reach area of the home including flashlights, battery-powered radios, long-shelf-life foods, clothing and more. Having a hurricane kit with your safety plan is a smart move to make to better prepare yourself and your household, but being ready goes beyond simple awareness, as homes can be modified with specialized features to combat hurricane season.

Besides the foundation and overall structure, a number of features found on your home are susceptible to storm damages if built in a conventional manner – chiefly the windows. In the event of high winds, windows can crack and shatter, sending glass into your house and depleting the outward protection of the opening. While bars can help contain broken glass in the event of a storm, the efficiency of such a modification is less than appealing, not to mention the aesthetic disadvantages. One way to protect your windows while keeping up appearances is through high-strength storm security film.

Built and installed in a similar fashion as automotive window tint and film, residential storm security film acts as a safe guard for glass by holding shards together in the event a window shatters. This allows the window opening to remain secure, helping prevent the entry of rain and other storm debris. Should your home be in the hurricane danger zone, having such film installed is a smart investment to make as it can increase the durability of your house by preventing dangerous shattering while keeping the general shape and integrity of a window.

Modifying your home with features such as storm security film will help it remain safe and secure in the event of a hurricane. At Tint World®, our technicians are expertly trained to deal and install such film, and can help better prepare your house to remain intact throughout hurricane season. To find out more, contact your local Tint World® today.