Whew! The countdown to the end of the hurricane season is on in Florida! That means soon residents of the Sunshine State can enjoy a break from the unpredictable and scary weather that the hurricane season brings.
With about a month left, there is still time for major storms to brew up, though. Having adequate hurricane protection, like hurricane panels, in place is essential to protecting your property from damages caused by the high winds and torrential rains that hurricanes bring.
Not surprisingly, this is also the best time of the year for homeowners and business owners to examine and evaluate the storm protection safeguards that are currently in place while the weather is calm and favorable.
Hurricane-safe products including Garage Doors and Braces, Hurricane Screens, Doors, and Windows, Accordion Shutters, and hurricane screens are helpful in your defense against inclement weather and extreme storm conditions.
Additionally, these specially developed protective products are straightforward and convenient to use when the time comes. Instead of spending hours or days prepping your home or business for potentially dangerous storms, you can “batten down the hatches” with ease and confidence that your property is secured.
Stop stressing about hurricanes and take action today – visit us at www.hurricanesafeproducts.com
2017 has been a year that will be remembered for devastating hurricanes in the United States. Everyone who lives in a hurricane prone area needs to add protection to their home to prevent wind damage and damage from flying debris.
At Hurricane Safe Products, we have a full line of hurricane protection items for both homes and businesses. Greentek rolling shutters are a great way to protect storefronts from wind and debris damage. Hurricane impact windows and garage door braces will stop the strong winds from entering the home and causing untold damage to personal property. Our hurricane screens may be placed over a window or door when a storm is approaching and removed when the weather clears.
At Hurricane Safe Products, we have a complete line of products designed to keep your home or business protected. We’ve all seen the damage a hurricane can do. You can’t be too careful.
PC shutters a clear replacement for plywood in hurricane zones
By Catherine Kavanaugh
Polycarbonate window shutters flew off store shelves as U.S. homeowners prepared for hurricanes Harvey and Irma and then braced for José and Maria.
The Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t end until Nov. 30, and 2017 is on track to rival the most active years. As of Sept. 18, there were 13 named storms, seven hurricanes and four major (Category 3 or stronger) hurricanes.
In Sarasota, Fla., the small staff of Hurricane Safe Products Inc., a manufacturer of storm and security shutters that does business as UltraTek Worldwide, has been busy filling orders and preparing for the launch of a new product created to help those same homeowners. The privately held business says it is the largest buyer of PC in the state, and it is getting into a new material.
Co-owner Steve Motosko said corrugated PC shutters are his best-sellers, but the company’s patented flat PC shutters introduced 11/2 years ago are being used increasingly to secure upper-floor and arched windows in homes and businesses. The clear panels are unobtrusive and can be left in place over windows that are a hassle to cover in a hurry.
UltraTek will be out with its next product — a patented motorized hybrid shutter — in a couple weeks, Motosko said. It has impact- and heat-resistant chlorinated PVC material on the exterior-facing side of the slats and high-strength aluminum on the interior-facing side.
“We just got Florida building code approval. It’s unlike anything out there,” Motosko said in a phone interview.
Called GreenTek, this rolling shutter will keep houses in warm climates cooler all year, improve security and protect against wind and storm damage during hurricane season, according to Motosko.
“PVC doesn’t transfer heat like aluminum, so that will save on electricity,” he said of the potential to reduce daily use of air conditioners. “And, it’s hurricane rated for the high-velocity zone.”
In these zones, which includes Broward and Dade counties and the cities of Fort Lauderdale and Miami, structures must stand up to hurricane winds of at least 130 mph and critical infrastructure must withstand winds of at least 156 mph.
GreenTek buyers will be able to control the shutters with their smartphones if they want to block the sun to watch TV outside of the hurricane season or if they need to block wind, hail and objects-turned-projectile. Motosko said the shutters have passed large missile impact tests and pressure cycle tests.
“If a hurricane is coming, you can shut the house down in a matter of seconds,” he said.
UltraTek Worldwide UltraTek sold out of all of its products, including scrap, as homeowners raced to protect their windows from Hurricane Irma in Florida.
Storming the store
UltraTek was spared damage and disruption from Hurricane Irma, which was good for both the product launch and the people who turned to the business in a scramble to protect their homes. On Sept. 15, they bought pretty much everything.
“Every single panel in the whole facility, every piece of hardware was gone,” Motosko said. “People came in frantic taking everything, even our old scraps. We had some laying outside that we gave away. People were totally desperate. A lady came in with two kids and a dog sitting in the car. She bought several thousand dollars worth of panels for her husband to put up.”
He remembers searching for hurricane shutters when hurricanes Charlie, Frances and Jeanne posed a triple threat in 2004. Motosko said he was disappointed there was a four-month wait for the product he wanted and he realized he could expand the security business he already had with hurricane shutters and fill an unmet demand.
Motosko later became a board member of the International Hurricane Protection Association, a nonprofit group that represents industry manufacturers, contractors, architects, testing labs and code writers.
As a manufacturer, he and his half-dozen-or-so employees have been keeping up with PC shutter orders thanks in part to automation. UltraTek buys truckloads of coiled PC, slits it to the proper width, then cuts it to size and forms it on a custom machine with a patent pending.
“We’re able to do it automatically and quickly, but it’s not thermoforming,” Motosko said. “We don’t have to heat it. That’s a slow process. With the process we developed, we can make a panel in 20 seconds. We’re upgrading now with automatic cutting, too.”
UltraTek started out selling hurricane-rated products directly to consumers and offering an installation service. The clear corrugated panels were introduced about 10 years ago, and the company has been manufacturing them for dozens of companies.
“My supplier has told me that I am now the largest buyer of polycarbonate in the state of Florida,” Motosko said, declining to give any numbers. “We’re going through so much, it’s unbelievable right now.”
He described UltraTek’s geographic reach as extending north to coastal Maine and west to coastal Texas.
“One of our distributors supplies Home Depot,” Motosko said. “We have a really big customer in New Orleans and people in the [Florida] Panhandle. Probably 100 different companies supply panels from us.”
UltraTek Worldwide The first version of UltraTek shutters were a corrugated pattern. The company now makes a flat version as well.
Displacing wood, metal
Plywood has been the go-to material for covering windows and doors, but PC has been gaining market share as more stringent building codes are adopted and the advantages of clear plastic spread by word of mouth.
PC shutters also are replacing metal shutters during home renovations. Motosko said builders often install shutters made of steel and aluminum because they are cheaper, but a lot of buyers eventually upgrade with PC that costs about twice as much.
“Once you go through a storm with a regular panel and you can’t see anything because it’s blacked out and you don’t know what is going on, you realize the benefit,” Motosko said. “It’s like a cave inside, while clear shutters are like glass.”
Ultratek says its flat ClearTek panels are as clear as glass and the corrugated ClearTek PC panels have almost no distortion.
PC panels also are lighter than metal and don’t dent, Motosko added.
“When you dent a metal-corrugated shutter, it loses its integrity,” he explained. “Polycarbonate bounces back.”
UltraTek business has been growing every year for at least a decade with sales of mostly PC shutters but also polypropylene wind screen for lanais.
“It’s been a totally upward trend,” Motosko said. “This year, we’ve already doubled last year.”
Soon, he will find out what the market thinks of CPVC hybrid rolling shutters.
Read the article at: http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20170929/NEWS/170929876/pc-shutters-a-clear-replacement-for-plywood-in-hurricane-zones
The danger and destruction of one hurricane alone hauntingly increases as a threat throughout time. It takes a lot money, hard-work, and time to get over the losses that take place; all the while knowing some things may never be adequately replaced. That’s why all homeowners should have storm protection.
We offer hurricane protection through a variety of products that all have one thing in common: to keep you and your valued items safe. We offer a selection that ranges from specialized hurricane rated garage doors, heavy duty aluminum accordion shutters, hurricane panels, and specialized hurricane windows. In order to extend to families of all income, we try to make things affordable for everyone by offering do-it-yourself kits. However, we’re always happy to come install your future towards safer storm preparation!
Hurricane Safe Shutters and Panels
When a hurricane threatens, the last thing you want is to leave your home or business unprotected. Finding easy-to-use shutters that will stand up to the strength of the storm can give you peace of mind when nature takes a turn for the worst.
To protect your most valuable assets, storm protection shutters come in a variety of options, with something to suit the needs of every home and business owner. These screens offer hurricane protection from rain, wind, and flying debris, effectively reducing damages and repair costs. Hurricane panels can be pre-installed and may come in motorized, accordion, or roll-down options. Storable shutters are another great option and can be easily installed and removed, and are custom-fit to window and door sizes.
With such an extensive list of high-quality and durable products, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve taken the necessary steps to protect your home or business from the wreckage a hurricane can bring. Visit us at www.hurricanesafeproducts.com for more information on our products.
The aftermath of hurricane Harvey reminds us just how important it is to keep your home protected from the effects of hurricanes and storms. If your home is left unprotected, serious damage from strong winds and flying debris can result, especially to your windows. Broken windows can allow water to infiltrate your home, causing damage to your furniture and other belongings inside. Fortunately, there are many hurricane protection solutions that you can install to minimize potential damage to your residence should a hurricane strike in your area.
Hurricane panels provide excellent storm protection, as they shield your doors and windows from the elements outside. Hurricane Safe Products provides a wide range of high-quality panels that are easy to install and maintain. Our products include rolling shutters, clear Lexan panels, clear flat panels, hurricane screens and more. All of our products have been thoroughly tested and are approved by the Florida Building Code, ensuring that you’ll get high-quality protection for your home when it needs it the most. We provide top-notch made in the USA hurricane protection solutions that will fit any type or style of home. You can come check out our showroom in Sarasota to see them all. Visit us at www.hurricanesafeproducts.com for more details and information on all our protection products.
Hurricanes are one of nature’s most powerful forces capable of inflicting great damage on homes and property. There are effective means of hurricane protection available from Hurricane Safe Products.
Hurricane panels offer storm protection by covering over vulnerable windows, doors and openings with a material that is highly resistant to wind blown objects. These panels are easily placed over windows, and they come as rolling shutters or flat panels.
In addition to these important means of protection, Hurricane Safe Products offers garage door braces to protect from door cave in. Hurricane glass is also available. It has the appearance of ordinary window glass, but it is a resistant barrier against objects entering the home even during hurricane force winds.
The Importance of Hurricane Protection
As we are being quickly reminded this morning in the Sarasota/Bradenton/Tampa area with the approach of Tropical Storm Emily, we should always be prepared for a storm as they can arise very quickly! Please be safe and stay tuned to your local news and weather for important updates and changes in the forecast of this storm!
Hurricanes, like any natural phenomenon, can be deadly forces of nature. Without hurricane protection, they can cause many kinds of damage. Hurricanes are often accompanied by strong winds. These winds can carry debris at high speeds and fling it into buildings, resulting in extensive damage, especially to unprotected windows. Winds can also down tree and power lines.
Flooding is another concern. The sheer force of water, whether from storm surge or large amounts of rain, can weaken the foundations of a home. Sometimes, it can be so severe that a house is torn apart from the pressure and carried away by the waters. This is often why, after a severe hurricane, many towns are unrecognizable.
This damage, however, can be easily reduced with the help of some form of storm protection. It is often recommended that homeowners living in hurricane-prone areas invest in products such as hurricane panels, screens, and shutters in order to reinforce their homes.
If you are not protected, please visit us at www.hurricanesafeproducts.com and browse the variety of materials we offer for every budget.
Hurricane Safe Products
Living in an area that has a high amount of hurricanes can be stressful, but with Hurricane Safe Products it doesn’t have to be. We offer the best in hurricane protection. There are so many products that offer you plenty of ways to protect your assets so that you can enjoy your beach style living without the fear of losing your prized possessions.
Greentek Rolling Shutters are one of the leading items on the market when it comes to high-quality hurricane shutters. These help you keep your peace of mind during a storm, and also help to lower your energy bills and, in turn, your carbon footprint.
When it comes to storm protection, it is important to have windows that can withstand high winds and the elements. Not only do these high impact windows offer intruder protection, but they provide safety for you and your home during a store. The noise blocking qualities is another added plus for these hurricane panels and windows.
Many people instantly think of windows during a storm, but the garage door is another key point of reinforcement that is important to the safety and security of your home. Our garage door products, which are heavy duty metal braces made out of aircraft-grade aluminum, are designed to protect your home.
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Thank you so much for all your help!!! I am a widow and it will give me great peace of mind knowing that I have protection for my front door. As Matthew approached last year, not only did I have to put up all my shutters on the windows but had to figure out how to keep my door from blowing in, which turned out to be a piece of plywood taped to the door with a piece of wood nailed across that and a heavily weighted hand truck in front of that. Luckily it was only a 1.5 when the storm arrived or that mess might not have held.
You have made my day and God bless!