Follow these recommendations to prepare your business for tropical storms and hurricanes, ideally before the start of hurricane season.
Consider installing impact-rated laminated window systems
Impact-rated laminated window systems are a combination of laminated glass and reinforced window frames. They are the only window systems tested and designed to protect against wind pressure and flying debris. Additionally, they provide 24/7 protection and do not need to be activated before a storm.
- Note: All impact-rated windows are laminated glass systems, but not all laminated glass systems are impact rated.
If installing impact-rated windows is not feasible, install shutters. Plywood should only be used as a last-minute alternative. Remember to protect all glass windows and doors that link the inside of your business to the outside world.
- Learn more about choosing the right shutters with the IBHS Opening Protection Guide.
Secure roof-mounted equipment
Unsecured equipment―such as HVAC units, solar panels, satellite dishes, and lightening protection systems―are subject to sliding, lifting, and overturning. To prevent this, securely attach equipment to a curb that is attached to the roofing structure. This can provide adequate uplift resistance in some instances. For some equipment, you may also install high-strength, corrosion-resistant cables or straps over the top of equipment and extend down to the curb or roofing structure. Hire a licensed contractor to help and ensure all service panels have all fasteners in place so panels do not become dislodged.