If you’re renovating or looking for ways to make your building stronger against hurricanes, consider these important upgrades.
2. Upgrade to impact-rated windows
- Stronger windows can better withstand high winds and flying debris. Look for windows labeled as impact resistant.
3. Replace a rollup, garage, or overhead door with a wind-rated door
- Talk to a contractor or engineer to determine what is appropriate for your location.
4. Purchase hurricane shutters
- Plan ahead and purchase hurricane shutters (code-conforming aluminum paneling) to cover your windows if a hurricane nears. Find what’s right for your business with the IBHS Opening Protection Guide.
5. Install a backup power generator
- Be sure to operate and maintain generators in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.
6. Check packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC) units
- Inspect all units to make sure they are properly installed to resist wind-driven rain. Leaks from these units can cause costly damage.
- Ensure all units are installed per manufacturer guidelines, typically tilted 2° toward the outside of the building, and are correctly caulked between the outside of the building and the sleeve.