SHATTERPROOF Your Home
By Donna Malloy
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LARGO - Hurricane protection doesn't have to be ugly; in fact, it can be invisible when not in use! Using a woven material similar to light-weight trampoline fabric, SHATTERPROOF owners Bill and Shauna Hargett specialize in providing a Florida mandated insurance approved windscreen hurricane product for homes, condominiums and commercial structures.
Also realizing the importance of protecting your property, in June of 2008 Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed SB 2860 which will require homes that are located in the Wind-borne Debris Region and are insured by Citizens Property Insurance for $500,000 or more, to disclose their home's windstorm rating at real estate closings by 2010. Published by the Florida Department of Community Affairs and the Florida Building Commission, this colored Wind-borne Debris map designates which areas are most vulnerable to wind-born debris and at how many miles per hour. All of Pinellas County falls into the 120 mph category in comparison to the Florida Atlantic coast which averages from 120 mph through 150 mph ratings. For further information on the Wind-Borne Debris Regions, visit: http://www.dca.state.fl.us.
When it comes to protecting your home from storm damage, the homeowner has a variety of products to choose from. The first and most expensive product is impact glass. In a perfect world, every home built today would have impact glass as a standard spec. But because the cost is prohibitive, averaging "from $35,000 upwards to $50,000 on a 2,200 square foot home" according to Hargett, impact glass is not the most common form of hurricane protection.
One of Hargett's favorite stories is the one where he saved "a Belleair homeowner $135,000 dollars" because the owner ordered SHATTERPROOF hurricane protection instead of impact glass. "I still get goose bumps just talking about it!"
Then there's the roll down shutter, which when not in use, is stored in a cylinder-like cover over your door or window, never out of sight or mind but there when you need it. When the storm warnings begin, let's hope you ordered the hand crank option just in case you lose your electricity and make sure to check the warranty on the motor.
Popular in the past, accordion shutters require maintenance from time to time to prevent oxidizing in place. That's where SHATTERPROOF shines. After a free evaluation, SHATTERPROOF will provide a written quote for their windscreen product that is backed by a lifetime warranty. The windscreens are rated "well beyond Miami-Dade Code standard specs" stated Hargett, and carries the HVHZ (High Velocity Wind Zone) FL #11340 label of authenticity.
Preparing your home to accept the windscreen panels entails installing 7/16" in diameter stainless steel and lead anchors 12" apart, color matched to the exterior hue of your home. Barely visible during the day, these anchors are flush mounted and are guaranteed not to rust.
Every windscreen is then custom made and numbered for your convenience. Non-grometted, pliable nylon clips are attached to the windscreen and can be installed in such a pattern as to allow ingress and egress while maintaining the integrity of your home during a storm. Also, the weave of the fabric allows visibility during the day and deflects wind driven rain "by 97.5%" stated Hargett. Another available service from SHATTERPROOF is the installation of your windscreens when the hurricane is headed your way.
To view a two-minute video staring the patented windscreens going up against a Japanese typhoon, go to SHATTERPROOF'S website at:www.175mph.com. For a free quote, please call Bill at: 877-735-7233 or 727-709-7233. SHATTERPROOF "PROTECTING LIVES AND PROPERTY," 6980 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL. FL State License #CBC1253137.
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