If a storm approaches this season, will you and your home be ready? Natural disasters can occur in any part of the country, so make sure your home is prepared to weather the storm.
Impact-resistant windows. If you live in a storm-prone area, invest in the best windows and doors you can afford. Sunrise® Coastal Windows are structurally rated up to DP70, which means they have been certified to resist driving wind and rain at 170 mph, and remained intact in the testing environment at 200 mph!
Casement windows. Casement windows provide the best weather seal in storms, because the harder the wind blows, the tighter they seal. If you prefer the look of a double hung, Sunrise offers a simulated meeting rail to give your tight-sealing casement the charm of a double hung.
Outswing doors. Doors that swing out provide better protection than in-swing doors because the wind tightens the seal as it blows against the door. French doors are more prone to leakage than sliding patio doors, so be sure they are installed under a porch roof or overhang.
Generators. When the power goes out during a storm, a home backup generator will keep the lights and heat or air conditioning on. Power outages can last for days, so investing in a generator keeps your family safe and maintains a sense of normalcy during a stressful time.
Storm shutters. Storm shutters provide an extra layer of protection by keeping high winds and debris from reaching the windows. Flying glass can cause serious injuries and even death. Shutters provide the added bonus of shade in sunny climates.
Metal roofing. Although metal roofs can cost twice as much as an asphalt shingle roof, they generally perform better when subjected to hurricane-force winds. Metal is also fire-resistant and offers reflective characteristics that can be a great advantage in warmer climates.