In some cases, having impact resistant windows is not enough to avoid headaches during a storm.  To mitigate damages of your floors, baseboards, drywall, blinds, carpet, and furniture among others, it is very important to maintain or inspect certain components to guarantee the systems performance.

1. Are Locks Working Properly?

Inspect the locking hardware.  Ensure operable panels are locked properly to avoid them opening with the high winds a storm can bring.   Periodically, clean the locks and lubricate them to maintain their proper function.

2. Is your Weather-stripping, Gaskets, and wet glaze in good condition?

Inspect the weather-stripping, gaskets and wet glaze of the doors and windows. Visually inspect these components for any missing chunks, damage, cracks, movement, or lack of compression.  Any of these signs, could mean that the component needs to be replaced.

3. Are the weather components in the correct position?

This is one of the hardest inspections to do. Each System/manufacturer has weathering components strategically installed along the frame to minimize the strength of air coming thru.

It is important to keep in mind that operable system is not air and watertight. Existing gaps are necessary for panel movement and alignment.

4. Are weep holes unclogged and/or debris-free?

Weep holes are small openings that allows water to drain from within an assembly. It is crucial to have the weep holes inspected to make sure they are free of debris.  If they get clogged, these must be cleaned to restore their proper draining function.

5. Are screw heads sealed properly?

Since it rains most of the year in Florida, this inspection should not be limited to just hurricane season, but throughout the entire year.  Anchors need be sealed to avoid water entering the frame’s predrilled penetrations.  Within time, this sealant disintegrates or peels, leaving a perfect path for water to enter the system causing mold growth and destroying surrounding components.

6. Are the Vents or Panels properly aligned?

Check the Alignment of Vents and/or panels with the frame.  Proper alignment will guarantee that the locks, weather-stripping, gaskets, and pile pads can achieve their purpose.  This simple step is a compliment to all previous maintenance steps.

Following these guidelines, will ensure that your impact resistant product(s) will be preforming at the very best level that they were designed. It is recommended that all of the above procedures be conducted by a professional licensed contractor at least every 6 months to ensure that your windows will be in the best shape possible to confront the worst of the elements.

In today’s industry, manufacturers and designers have found a way to balance air and water infiltration through operable glazing products when exposed to weather conditions. Operable products such as sliding glass doors, single hung windows, casement windows and horizontal rolling windows can’t be 100% hermetic. However, and based on the current construction codes, their expected performance is confirmed through testing under controlled conditions in a certified test facility. This to ensure that any air and water infiltration is kept within the allowed parameters and tolerances. Designers and manufacturers have accomplished this balance by integrating different types of weathering components such as: gaskets, weatherstrippings and pile pads in specific locations or points within the assembly.

Based on experience, when an end-user complains of excessive air and water infiltrating through any of their products, it is very likely a result of either missing or damaged weathering components. In some rare cases, products are performing as intended but customer feels something is not quite right.

In the event that a problem with the glazing product is suspected, the first recommendation is to call an expert to perform an assessment of your products and determine if indeed there is something wrong. In most cases, the products performance can be restored by replacing faulty or missing components with the exact same type of material. Again, the replacement of these parts requires a knowledgeable and experienced contractor that has detailed information of the parts required and how each product shall perform.

Adding excessive sealant or weathering components in the wrong places may actually worsen the condition either by clogging or “sealing” the product too much, preventing it from draining the water within as intended. This may result in water overflowing the track or windowsills causing damage to interior finishes such as flooring and drywall.

Adding and or replacing the weatherstripping with the wrong type of material may also affect the operation of the products. Wrong sized piles may end up either not sealing the products as intended, contributing to more water and air to enter through the product or these can make the operation of the assemblies extremely difficult by increasing friction.

If you are experiencing or suspect your product to be faulty by allowing excessive air and water through these, please contact an expert before attempting self-repairs or hiring unexperienced personnel. At first, hiring unprofessional labor may seem cheaper than an expert but in the long run, having the repairs made by professional, will ensure the longevity and proper performance of the products. 

If you live in South Florida you and your family are exposed to Hurricanes year by year. Hurricane Season starts June 1st each year and goes until November 30th. Even we already have excellent forecast methods to anticipate the storms and the path they will have thru the Atlantic Ocean it is important to be prepare with time, remember even if the hurricane do not landfall you can be at risk.

These are some recommendations before the season starts

  • Make a list of everything you will need at home for a hurricane
  • Investigate the Season Forecast to be prepared and informed. Pay attention to local weather reports
  • Know where to go, Investigate all evacuation routes.
  • Investigate shelters near you, take into consideration that if you have pets you will need a shelter that allow them
  • Make sure your home meets building codes for withstanding hurricanes, and they have storm shutters or Impact Glass windows and doors.
  • Make maintenance to your Impact Glass windows and doors.
  • Repair your Impact Glass windows and doors if need it, if they are not working properly
  • Buy a First Aid Kit
  • Have the proper tools, supplies, batteries and flashlights
  • Make a family emergency communication plan.
  • before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. (NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.)

These are some recommendations to be prepared before the storm, during the storm and after the storm. Don’t wait until last time to be prepare.

  • Buy no perishable food and plenty of water for several days for you and your family
  • Pay attention to local weather reports and evacuation alerts
  • Make sure you have plenty of fuel
  • Have a secure room available
  • If your house is not prepared for a hurricane or is not safe enough go to a shelter or to a family or friend home that is secured.
  • Protect windows and doors
  • Secure outside objects
  • Talk with your family about the plan you have for the hurricane and evacuation Stay in Secure Room.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows.
  • Buy a gas stove for cooking, remember power could be out
  • Take cash and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
  • But all the medications you need
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary.
  • Charge your cell phone so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
  • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
  • Remain indoors
  • Stay away of windows and doors or go to your safety room
  • Pay attention to weather news and bulletins
  • Do not use the phone or candles
  • Have supplies on hand.
  • Control water and food consumption, be sure you don’t eat and drink everything in a short period, be prepare for the damages after the hurricane.
  • let friends and family know where you are.
  • Pay attention to local weather reports and be sure the storm has completely passed before going out
  • Be patient
  • Report downed power lines, and stay away from them.
  • Report health issues and house damages
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground
  • Photograph the damage to your property to assist in filing an insurance claim.