Several manufacturers are offering products and insight that can help remodelers protect their clients homes during the hurricane season.
In conjunction with fenestration product manufacturer Muhler Co., the maker has introduced the Storm Stud to be used with its Fabric Shield storm panels and various window systems. Storm Stud is inserted into the window frame during the manufacturing process, for built-in storm protection. The self-contained Storm Stud ensures that Fabric Shield panels will fit securely each time they used, the maker says. 800.827.3667. www.wayne-dalton.com.
Ideal for cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, the Pelican Micro Case Series protects personal gadgets and other items from bad weather. Made from polycarbonate, Pelican Cases come standard with an impact-absorbing inner liner that absorbs shock and crushing weights up to 5,000 pounds, and acts as an O-ring to make the case watertight, the maker says. Black, red, blue, and yellow cases are available with an opaque or clear lid. 800.666.6200. www.pelican-cases.com.
The maker's StormBreaker Plus windows and patio doors are designed with hurricanes in mind. Code-approved in Miami Dade County for impact resistance, the windows are designed to withstand flying debris without the need for shuttering systems. The laminated double-strength glass is set in reinforced vinyl cases. 800.746.6686. www.simonton.com.
Designed to withstand 150 mph winds, as well as impact resistance from flying debris, the maker's synthetic roofing tiles have passed numerous tests for hurricane resistance. Approved by Miami Dade and Florida Building Codes, the maker's roofing tiles come in a variety of styles and colors to offer safety and aesthetics. 800.328.4624. www.davinciroofscapes.com.
The maker's WinGuard Vinyl 500 Series single-hung and picture windows are now approved for use in Miami Dade County. The WinGuard line features laminated insulating glass standard that meets code requirements for both wind-borne debris and also provides energy efficiency, filtering 99% of ultraviolet light, the maker says. The through-color vinyl frames will not chip, peel, or deteriorate. 800.282.6019. www.pgtindustries.com.
The maker's Hurricane Tie series features various configurations of galvanized wind and seismic ties for trusses and rafters. New products including the H2A, H10A (shown), H10S, and H2.5T feature improved designs that offer higher uplift capacities and stronger connections to studs than previous versions. Many products in the line also have been rated for download to provide additional bearing cpacity between the truss and wall. 800.999.5099. www.strongtie.com.