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3 Potential Hurricane Hazards & How to Avoid Them

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Hurricane season 2018 will be here before you know it, and it is predicted to be equally as unforgiving as last year’s hurricane season. Now is the perfect time to think ahead and learn about how to lessen the risk of similar damages before the season begins.

Storm Surges

Storm surges occur when the body of water from which a hurricane develops suddenly rises to great heights. Huge, battering waves storm across beaches and travel further inland than normal, usually into the closest towns and residential areas.

Storm surges are often responsible for massive death tolls from hurricanes, as they destroy everything in their path. Don’t take hurricane warnings lightly—when local authorities and news stations say it’s time to evacuate, the safest thing you can do is to follow their advice! The safest place to be during a hurricane is as far from bodies of water as possible.

Flooding From Heavy Rains

Heavy rains accompany hurricanes due to clashing weather fronts which initiated the hurricane in the first place. Torrential rain that seems to never stop can linger for days after the hurricane is gone, flooding a wider circumference than even the hurricane could reach.

Over time, flooded homes and businesses can give way to water damage and collapse. When you live in an area prone to hurricane activity, it’s important to make sure your home or business is built to code with a strong (and sometimes elevated) foundation. A proper foundation will help your home withstand water damage.

Strong, Battering Winds

Hurricane winds can easily reach 170+ miles per hour, able to rip a roof or siding from a house with ease. They turn loose debris such as trampolines, signs, and downed trees or branches into dangerous projectiles that can damage your home or business. Hurricane doors and windows are made to withstand the impact of flying debris at over 100 miles per hour. They help prevent material damages and to protect the lives taking cover within.

Protect Your Home with Hurricane Windows in Boca Raton/South Florida

More than just protecting a house from cosmetic damage, hurricane impact windows protect the people that make it a home. Call Black Rhino today at 561-989-8787 to learn how to improve your home’s aesthetics while protecting your family at the same time. We carry one of the largest selections of hurricane impact products in South Florida.

Hurricane Categories Explained From Cat 1 to Cat 5

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Hurricanes can change category several times over the short span of their existence. The Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale measures categories of hurricanes based on their wind speed.

While the category they belong to depends on how quickly their winds are blowing, it’s important to remember that just because weather prediction anticipates a category 1 or 2 hurricane, doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful. All hurricanes are incredibly destructive and unforgiving. This is why we are in the business we are in, protecting South Florida homes with hurricane windows and doors.

Cat 1: Winds Sustained at 74-95 MPH

Category one hurricanes begin at 74 mph winds and can leave some property destruction in their wake, such as toppling shallow-rooted trees and powerline poles. These winds are very dangerous, so even though a hurricane may be classified as a hurricane one, it is still important to get to a safe place to ride out the storm and not remain out in those high winds.

Cat 2: Winds Sustained at 96-110 MPH

At this level, the winds are high enough to deal heavy damage to powerline poles, potentially creating large areas of power loss that could last for several days. Additionally, shallow-rooted trees may be uprooted and large branches may break loose and create roadblocks. Sturdy homes may incur damages, such as roof shingles lifting off and siding pulling away from the structure.

Cat 3: Winds Sustained at 111-129 MPH

At category three, the hurricane has become officially a ‘major’ hurricane. Once a storm hits category three, you can expect larger areas to lose water and power for several days. Trees and branches of any size could be uprooted, causing several roadblocks and other potential hazards to homes and cars depending on where they land. Further damages to sturdy homes may occur, including damage to wooden porches and decks.

Cat 4: Winds Sustained at 130-156 MPH

Category 4 winds are so strong, they can wipe out most of the trees in the area, downing all of the powerline poles in the area and effectively cutting those in the affected areas off from the rest of the world. Well-built homes in the area may lose most, if not all, of their roofing and possibly exterior walls. The damage incurred is devastating and often prevents habitability for weeks to months.

Cat 5: Winds Sustained at 157 MPH or Higher

At this stage, everything in the hurricane’s path and general radius may be demolished. Well-built homes may be completely leveled, along with many of the trees in the area. Power and water outages as well as downed trees blocking the roads isolate and prevent habitability of the area for weeks to months.

Reduce Storm Damage from Any Category with Hurricane Impact Windows from Boca Raton’s Black Rhino

Black Rhino hurricane impact windows reduce damage to your home in a way that regular windows never could. They can absorb many high impact blows from debris stirred up in the high winds outside. Trust the safety of your home to the hurricane impact professionals in Boca Raton and, call us at 561-989-8787 for your estimate today!

Lessons Learned From Hurricane Season in 2017

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Nature is unpredictable, but that’s why we work every day to ensure another home is protected from resulting devastation. Even though the forces of nature are seemingly random, we still learn a lot about them from past experiences.

This includes how to better protect ourselves and our loved ones from danger when they occur, such as installing hurricane impact products. Hurricane season 2017 was very active and brutal, but what we’ve determined to take from it, other than a healthy respect for Mother Nature, is as follows.

Things Can Change in an Instant

Random destructive forces at work last year turned several simple tropical storms into hurricanes in no time at all. Weather we predict will happen one way quickly and easily defies our expectations because we are limited in how far we can predict nature. If there’s one thing Hurricane Irma showed us, it’s that preparation is essential to survival.

When you live in Florida, it is ideal to have an emergency plan and survival equipment prepared in advance. Being prepared with enough food, bottled water, and other essentials if you’re sheltering in place or an evacuation plan gives everyone a fighting chance.

Review Your Homeowner’s Insurance to Ensure You’re Protected

Even just a tropical storm can be damaging enough. Storms abound when living on a peninsula, so thorough storm and hurricane insurance is a must-have. One way you can prepare your family for the inevitable Floridian weather is to review your home and property insurance in case of another catastrophic natural disaster in the years to come. Don’t wait until you’ve lost half your home to wonder whether your insurance covers a new roof or whether you can to afford the deductible.

The Importance of Hurricane Impact Windows & Other Protective Products

By far, the best way to prepare yourself and your family for hurricane season 2018 is to make sure you have safety measures in place wherever possible. There’s unfortunately no steel protective system to cover your home from roof to foundation at this time; technology just isn’t quite there yet.

What we do have are windows and other products specially made to withstand high wind gusts and blows from heavy objects. One of the great benefits of installing hurricane impact windows and doors is that they typically save you in the long-run with homeowner insurance discounts just for having them installed!

Call the Experts for Hurricane Impact Windows in Boca Raton

The next hurricane season will be here before we know it – now is the time to act. Don’t get caught unprepared for the inevitable. Call your local experts on hurricane home safety at 561-989-8787 today for more information on hurricane products in South Florida.

2018 Hurricane Season Isn’t Too Far Away – Here’s What to Expect

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What does it mean to be hurricane ready? It’s more than just knowing how to duck and cover, it’s about protecting yourself, protecting your home, and most importantly protecting the people you care about. If you call Boca Raton your home, you can make an informed decision now on how best to prepare for hurricane season 2018, such as installing hurricane impact windows, before it arrives.

When Does Hurricane Season Start in 2018?

Hurricane season on the Eastern coast tends to be from the beginning of June through the end of November. The 2017 season fell right within this timeframe, and it’s anticipated that 2018 will be very similar. As temperatures start to climb and ocean waters warm, it becomes likelier for a tropical storm to pick up out in the ocean and follow the warm wind patterns, which we quite enjoy on beautiful beach days, to the shore. The season continues deep into autumn, because the ocean water stays warm long after temps start to cool.

How Severe Will the Storm Season be Next Year?

In 2018, it’s anticipated that we will be facing a similar hurricane season as was experienced this year. Atlantic hurricanes first form as tropical storms, which continue to pick up water and speed until they reach shore and eventually lose steam. The hurricane season in 2017 was long and treacherous, giving us 10 hurricanes in the US, with 5 of those making news headlines across the country because of their severity. Several of them touched down right near our homes here in Southern Florida.

How Can I Prep My Home in South Florida?

It’s never too early to start thinking about how to prepare for hurricane season when you’re living near Boca Raton. Hurricane season does not guarantee that a hurricane will make it to the shore, but there’s a significant chance. And, as we’ve re-learned through hurricanes Irma, Maria, and Nate, we must either be ready for the worst or suffer the consequences.

Luckily, hurricane prepping is easy and painless, thanks to the expertise of your hurricane window and door installation experts. Hurricane impact products protect your family, your assets, and let you live your life with the peace of mind that we’ve got you covered. Call Black Rhino today at 561-989-8787 to learn more about our hurricane impact products and how they provide peace of mind during the hurricane season.

When Is the Best Time to Install Hurricane Impact Windows?

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As we bring this year to a close, we remember the damage done, families displaced, and people and animals harmed or killed in the extreme hurricanes we’ve had in 2017. High winds are no joke when you live on a hurricane-prone peninsula like Florida. It makes sense to do everything in our power, for ourselves and families, to lessen the risk somehow. Hurricane impact products are one of the best and most obvious ways to protect your home and the loved ones inside against damages for years to come.

Best Time to Install Hurricane Products

Whether you’re looking for windows or doors, the best time to install hurricane impact home essentials is now. Hurricane season here in Boca Raton lasts from June to November, though storms are not limited to these months. That makes December to January the best time to schedule installation. 

Installing in these calmer “winter” months, you can rest easy knowing that you’re prepared for hurricane season next year. 

Benefits of Installing Hurricane Impact Windows

Our hurricane impact windows are guaranteed to withstand up to category 5 winds and impacts from the flying debris they carry. But aside from deterring damage from hurricanes, what else can they do? Imagine coming home from a great night on the town to find that while you were relaxing and making merry, someone broke into your home through your window and stole all of your valuables. Now imagine coming home from a great night on the town to a stress-free good night’s sleep thanks to your hurricane impact windows. Our windows are so strong, they can deter would-be thieves trying to break glass windows.

Trust the Experts at Black Rhino to Install Hurricane Impact Windows in Boca Raton

Each disastrous hurricane we face challenges Florida’s already strict building codes. Hurricane Irma has only strengthened the cause to require that all new construction includes hurricane products to help minimize damage. Whether you’re looking to build a new home or just improving your family’s safety, choose the experts at Black Rhino to install high-quality, affordable hurricane windows, shutters, and doors. Call us today at 561-989-8787 for a consultation, and get your home ready now so you won’t have a worry, come what may.

3 Hurricane Myths That Put Your Life at Risk

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In light of recent hurricane events this year, we’ve addressed a few fictitious beliefs about protecting yourself, your home, and your family during a hurricane. Living in South Florida, we know to expect the worst out of Mother Nature. But we can at least adapt to keep our loved ones safe by not making the following mistakes.

Myth #1: Tape Your Windows in an X Pattern to Keep Them from Breaking

There’s a long-held belief that reinforcing your window panes with tape will strengthen them and prevent them from breaking in the event of flying debris. However, debris will break through a window pane with or without tape stuck to it. If it comes through forcefully enough, it can cause severe injury to anyone it comes into contact with. 

Myth #2: It’s Safe to Run a Generator after Losing Power as Long as Windows are Open

If you’re fortunate enough to have a backup generator, have it connected by a professional electrician. Having it properly connected is the first step to preventing a slew of potential hazards to you and the professionals attempting to clean up post-storm wreckage.

What is never okay is to run your generator inside or too close to your home. Having the generator in the home or near gas or electric appliances is a huge fire risk. When you have your generator professionally connected, check with the installer to be sure you’ve placed it in a location far enough away from your living area or kitchen. They should also be sure that the generator is level and off the ground.

Myth #3: Hurricane Impact Windows Shutters, and Doors Only Need to be Installed on One Side

Another misconception is that you only need to protect your windows and doors that are directly facing the water. Even though a hurricane may originate from the water, the wind doesn’t blow straight solely from that direction.

You have probably noticed from the most recent hurricanes we’ve experienced that they can change travel plans any time they like. Hurricanes do not blow in only one direction, so if you’re going to take the time to board up any doors or windows, it’s best to do all of them. If budget is a concern, you can replace one or two windows at a time that are most susceptible to storm damage. When you’re unable to leave your home during a hurricane, the best way to protect your family from harm is to have impact products installed at every opening.

Trust Our Experts at Black Rhino to Install Hurricane Windows in Boca Raton, as Well as Other Hurricane Products

Hurricane shutters, windows, and doors are a great first step in protecting your home and everyone in it. Want to learn more about how you can protect your home from hurricane damage? We’re here to help! Call Black Rhino today at 561-989-8787 for a consultation and estimate, and keep your loved ones as safe as possible.

3 Reasons to Install Hurricane Shutters in South Florida

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At wind speeds of 74 miles per hour or higher, a tropical storm becomes a hurricane. These deadly natural disasters are the only ones to be given their own names, such as the recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate. Living on a peninsula as we do here in Florida exposes us to a higher risk of experiencing the damaging effects of these storms.

South Florida is our beautiful home where we live, work, and raise our families. The best way to protect ourselves and loved ones among the risks is to be prepared, such as installing preventative measures like hurricane shutters. Here are 3 great reasons to add hurricane shutters to your home before the next storm like Irma comes along.

Hurricane Shutters Are Easy to Operate

Storms are unpredictable and can go from mild showers to full-blown tropical storm in an instant. With hurricane shutters, there’s no need to spend hours boarding up windows. In just the flick of a switch, you can easily access your automatic hurricane shutters to protect your windows. If you choose manual shutters, they still take only minutes to prep as opposed to boarding.

Hurricane Shutters Save You Money

When you live in a high-risk area such as Boca Raton, your home insurance company looks for hurricane protective measures to decrease the risk of damage to both the exterior and interior of your home. Having hurricane shutters installed is a great way to protect your windows, as well as the interior of your home, from any flying debris that may come your way. And the best part is, you get a discount on your insurance premiums while protecting your family.

Shutters are also much cheaper than hurricane windows while still providing plenty of protection. It’s safe to say that an investment in hurricane shutters is worthwhile when you consider the cost of fixing or replacing damages to and within your home. (However, hurricane windows may be much more affordable than you think.)

Modern Hurricane Shutters Can Improve the Look of Your Home

False shutters have been trendy on the exterior of nearly every home in America for years. While they oftentimes provide no functional support, they’re a nice aesthetic feature. Hurricane shutters can provide both functionality and aesthetic appeal. Our shutters come in a variety of styles, such as the accordion and the Bahama. We also have several different colors and sizes to help you create the aesthetic you want for your home.

Black Rhino Installs Top-Quality Hurricane Shutters in Boca Raton and Beyond

No matter where you live, no matter what your risk, we’re the best at installing hurricane impact shutters, windows, and doors. Call Black Rhino Hurricane Products today at 561-989-8787 for an estimate on hurricane shutter installation near Boca Raton.

Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane: What You Can Do Now to Stress Less the Next Time a Storm Comes

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When you live in an area where hurricanes are commonplace, your home insurance is likely to be higher due to being a greater risk. Luckily, there are several precautions you can put in place to help prevent costly damage from hurricanes that will also keep insurance premiums down and let your mind rest a little easier knowing your home is protected.

Hurricane shutters come in various styles and functionality.

Living along a common hurricane path, many houses in our area are equipped with permanent hurricane shutters perfectly fitted to the houses’ aesthetics. Temporary shutters can be just as functional as permanent fixtures, but may not look as aesthetically pleasing as a permanent fixture.

Whichever style you choose, the complexity of your installation will depend on whether you’re looking for a permanent investment or a temporary fix. Make sure to have your shutters installed by reliable professionals in order to remain up to state and local code and down in insurance premiums.

Special hurricane windows are an excellent option for protection.

If you’re looking for a way to supplement the destruction prevention your hurricane shutters provide, this would be the way to go. Some individuals opt to only have hurricane windows installed and forgo storm shutters completely. However, when used together or when saving to afford hurricane impact windows, shutters are a viable option.

Hurricane windows get the job done, and do it well. They’re created to withstand the impact of flying debris without shattering due to a layer of laminate between double-paned glass. Installation can be similar to hurricane shutters, but they are more efficient in the case of a sudden storm. While shutters must be deployed to be effective, hurricane windows will provide immediate protection even when you’re not at home to notice.

A hurricane door should be the crowning armor on your home.

If you’re truly intent on protecting your home from damaging high winds and flying debris, install a sturdy and trustworthy impact-resistance hurricane door. Beautiful sunny days make having wide doors to a patio or deck very appealing. But, when a hurricane picks up your patio furniture and throws it against your house at 150+ miles per hour, your family is safest behind the hurricane door you had the foresight to install ahead of time.

With knowledgeable, professional installers ensuring a perfect fit and code compliance of all hurricane home improvements, your family can rest easy even when it storms. Call Black Rhino today in West Palm Beach at 561-989-8787 or in Broward at 954-734-4411. Request your free consultation to see how we can help protect your home from hurricanes and tropical storms.

Do Hurricane Impact Windows and Doors Cost More?

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Recent weather events may have you wondering about the best way to keep your home safe during a hurricane. The safest and most convenient way to protect your home is to install hurricane, or impact resistant, windows and doors. 

If you live close to the coast in South Florida, it is likely that you at least have hurricane shutters. But are hurricane shutters enough to keep your home safe during severe weather? They are a great first step, but probably not, as hurricane shutters leave your home vulnerable to wind or water damage if the glass behind them breaks during a severe weather. 

In a high wind situation, a broken window or unsealed door can be disastrous for a home. It allows the outside, pressurized air to rush in and then expand which can result in rapid air movement and catastrophic pressure equalizations. Current impact-resistant windows can be manufactured to withstand wind speeds greater than 140 miles per hour. 

Hurricane Windows and Doors Spare the Time and Expense of Hurricane Prep

Hurricane windows and doors are much more convenient than shutters. You don’t have to worry about pulling down or putting up the hurricane shutters. This can be a chore and time consuming, and time is precious during an evacuation order.

If you are not a full-time resident or happen to be out of town when disaster strikes, there is no scrambling to get back to your property for hurricane prep or finding someone else to do it for you. 

Sometimes, the weather takes a turn and the hurricane heads in another direction, but now you have the hassle of undoing everything you did to prepare for the storm. With hurricane windows and doors, your home is constantly protected with no extra effort from you. 

Hurricane Windows and Doors Offer Cost Savings Compared to Traditional Counterparts

Hurricane windows and doors may seem expensive since the investment is a little more upfront, but they save you money in many ways. The savings is substantial, and the windows pay for themselves in a short amount of time. 

In the powerful South Florida sun, our windows save you money on your energy bill as they keep your home sealed from any hot or cold air escaping or coming into the home. Also, impact resistant windows block out most of the sun’s UV rays, saving your flooring and furniture from sun damage. 

Most significantly, hurricane windows and doors save you money on your homeowners insurance. The state of Florida requires that insurers offer homeowners a “protected home” discount. This discount is usually higher when impact resistant windows are installed, because windows are one of the most vulnerable points in the home. 

Impact windows and doors are far superior to other options for home protection during severe weather. While it’s hard to pinpoint exact cost savings for homeowners, we do know that it may cost up to a few thousand more to build or replace windows with hurricane-resistant products. However, compared to the money and time you won’t spend repairing and replacing items in your home after storm damage, plus reduced insurance premiums, you can come out much further ahead after weathering just one storm.

Contact Black Rhino for Superior Impact Windows, Doors, Shutters & Other Hurricane Products

For the best way to protect your home from hurricanes, call us at (954) 734-4411 or stop into our showroom on Northwest Boca Raton Boulevard. We’d love to show you the difference hurricane windows and doors can make. We can help you achieve the peace of mind that comes from knowing your home has the best protection possible, while saving you money by allowing you to buy direct from the manufacturer.

 

Hurricane Windows Boca Raton & Fort Lauderdale

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Hurricane Windows Boca Raton & Fort Lauderdale

The frequency and occurrences of Hurricanes have increased significantly in many parts of the world and particularly in the United States of America. Houses get badly damaged during hurricanes. It is always better to be safe than to repent afterwards. So, you should ensure that your house is prepared well before a hurricane hits. You can actually save a lot of money that would otherwise be spent in repairing your home. One of the most effective ways to protect your homes is by installing hurricane windows.

Functions of hurricane windows

Although there cannot be any window that is 100 percent hurricane-proofs, these hurricane windows are made of impact-resistant shutters or glass that are equipped to withstand winds of great force. Some hurricane windows also feature a heavy-duty frame surrounding the glass that can prevent the structure of the home from getting collapsed. Strong gust of wind can get inside the house when the glass breaks. Subsequently even the walls or roofs of the building can collapse as there is a difference in the pressure indoors and outdoors. Hurricane shutters, strong window frames and impact-resistant glass are made in such a manner that such occurrences can be minimized.

Hurricane shutters

Hurricane shutters are used for covering the windows especially during strong storms so that debris and wind can be prevented from getting in contact with the glass. There are different types of hurricane shutters in the market to choose from.

Merits of Hurricane windows

Hurricane windows are designed in a manner to resist winds up to a speed of two hundred miles per hour. Moreover, such windows do not reduce the visual appeal of your house. Hurricane windows are available in variety of sizes and styles and are energy efficient in nature. Very little maintenance is required for these windows and they also offer protection from Ultra Violet rays. They can protect your homes from intruders and result in low sound travel. They can protect your home against hurricanes without any extra work. A decorative flair can be added by the hurricane shutters in your house.

Selecting the correct hurricane windows

As discussed earlier, there are various types of hurricane windows available in the market today. So selecting the correct one may be a tedious task for you at times. But there are a few simple tips that will enable you to make the right decision. Firstly, you can consult your family members or close friends who have already installed hurricane windows or door. Also, you must make sure that you are not compromising with the quality of the materials while purchasing them. You must also check out whether the products come with warranty period or not.