The biggest challenge in protection against hurricane forces is in choosing which product(s) will work best for your particular home or building. There are a myriad of options available. For example, in considering a window opening, do you select impact windows or one of a dozen types of hurricane shutter options? Most hurricane companies specialize in a limited number of such options and would naturally push those products.
Introduction to Hurricane Proof
Hurricane Proof was created to provide the highest value products in any and all categories of hurricane protection. Highest value means the best performing product for the price you pay, with several product options in all categories. Hurricane Proof began in 2009 to serve the south Palm Beach County, Florida region. It is intentionally geared for slow and controlled growth, but once completed, Hurricane Proof is designed to rapidly expand to all hurricane impacted areas in the U.S.
Qualification of Hurricane Proof
Hurricanes cause catastrophic damage to homes and businesses. Experts predict that the U.S. is at the beginning of a long cycle of frequent hurricanes. The cost of hurricane protection and clean up is high. Personal safety is another critical consideration. Insurance companies offer discounts for improved property potection. Some are refusing to provide coverage unless properties are fully protected.
While it is possible to build structures that are completely “hurricane proof”, there are compromises of cost and appearance. Hurricane Proof’s focus is on providing the greatest protection possible in all categories. We consult with our clients regarding the practicality of each option for their property and often recommend multiple solutions for the same building.
All of our trades’ products meet the nation’s toughest hurricane product testing standards, typically those of Miami/Dade. The Miami/Dade testing standards have long been the code requirements for Dade and Broward Counties and have now become the Florida statewide standard for costal locations most vulnerable to hurricanes. These are designated as High Velocity Hurricane Zones (HVHZ). The testing for opening protection against hurricane windborne debris required for a Miami-Dade Product Approval include the following:
The Miami-Dade test standards surpass all others in that it does not allow the test missile (9-pound 2x4 at 34 mph) to penetrate the tested unit or protective system (hurricane shutter) and does not allow it to break the glass behind the protective system. Consequently, a protective system that meets the Miami-Dade standard will provide the highest level of protection available in a commercial product. Other standards allow the test missile to penetrate the protective system provided the opening does not increase in size as it is subjected to wind pressures and so long as the hole is small enough so that a 3-inch diameter sphere will not pass through the hole. The focus of these alternative test standards is to prevent pressurization of the home and reduce the chances of additional pressure related failures of the home.
Hurricane Proof has developed several new products (some of which are undergoing patent approval) to satisfy unique client needs or which appeal to the general population. We relish working with our manufacturing partners in creating new innovations. Hurricane Proof’s products will continue to evolve as technologies in the industry improve.
Customer Benefits exclusively from Hurricane Proof
Single source for any type of hurricane protection product
Objective information—No vested interest in “pushing” any particular type of product
Increased insurability and decreased insurance premiums