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How Rollshutters Can Secure Your Home

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Looking for and buying the right home is, more often than not, a challenge on its own. From house inspections to installing security systems in your home, you will need to put a lot of time and effort into your home to ensure that it is just the way you want it to be.

Accessories that people often overlook when renovating their house are security shutters, thinking that they are not useful. On the contrary, security rollshutters can be a very integral part of your home and offer a variety of different benefits; the most important being security.

Keep Your Home Secure

A rollshutter system is comprised of metal slats that are closed and kept under pressure. Security shutters are most often seen on the exterior of shops and businesses to keep it secure when they close. While aluminum rollshutters are more commonly used for commercial purposes, they are also becoming immensely popular among homeowners in the Caribbean.

The main reason for this immense surge in popularity is because of the security that they provide. With the help of a quality rollshutter system, you can ensure that no one will be able to enter your home. Thanks to the use of aluminum, which is light and strong, rollshutters are incredibly durable and come with various features that will ensure that your house remains safe at all times.

Rolling shutters are more commonly placed on windows and doors to keep burglars from entering your premises. Both manual and motorized roll shutters are made of aluminum and a dense polyurethane core. That being said, the materials used in different rollshutter systems change depending on the brand and of course, price. More expensive rollshutters are more durable and less likely to malfunction; they also have applications through which you can control them like remote controls, and sun sensors.

Unlike security alarms that sound when someone is on the premises, the mere presence of rollshutters actively deter criminal elements from even trying. Another benefit of using roller shutters is that at the push of a button you can easily retract our security shutters, removing from sight when they aren’t needed.


Rollshutters are gaining in popularity when it comes to home security. Although a home alarm is also a very important security measure for your home, nothing beats a quality rollshutter system for both security and hurricane protection.

With the increasing rate of gun violence in the country, rollshutters are an investment that every home owner in the Caribbean can make to ensure their safety.

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Alternative Energy and Me

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Due to the rising concerns of global warming, people have become a lot smarter in their approach to efficient energy for housing, i.e. alternative energy.

Clean energy in countries like the United States and Canada is a lot more common than most people think. Due to the rising prices for electricity in both the countries, as well as rising expenses, residents are using alternative means of electricity to power their houses.

This begs the question, what kind of energy system should you install?

Finding the Right Alternative Energy System

Finding the right alternative energy system at times comes down to personal preference and situational dependence. This means that colder regions in the United States may not benefit as much from alternative energy systems, like solar panels. With that said, here are some alternative energy systems that go well with any house:

1.      Wind Turbines

Wind turbines, while not the most common, are certainly a good investment when it comes to alternative energy. Cities in Canada like Halifax, Hamilton, or Edmonton are great potential candidates for wind turbines seeing how they are some of the windiest cities in the country. On the other hand, states like Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota are incredibly windy, making wind turbines a great choice.

Moreover, you will not need an excessively large wind turbine to power your house. You can always ask an expert what would be the optimal size of a windmill for your house. But the size of the wind turbine will vary greatly depending on your house.

2.      Solar Panels

When it comes to alternative energy, in most cases, solar energy is always the safer bet. Seeing how most modern solar panels are incredibly efficient, you don’t even need to depend on electricity with the right number of solar panels.

However, if you feel you don’t need solar panels for electricity, you can always use it for other purposes like heating your water. The possibilities with solar panels are immense, complemented by how efficient it is. An added bonus of adding solar panels to your home is they make absolutely no noise, unlike wind turbines.

3.      Hydro Power

Hydro Power is a niche form of alternative energy, mainly because it largely depends on the location. Seeing how a hydro turbine needs fast flowing water to function properly, it only makes sense that hydro power depends largely on where you reside.

If you happen to live near a river or stream, a hydro power turbine is possibly one of the best alternative energy investments that you can make. Due to the speed of the current heavily influencing the energy that you will receive, it will not even have any downtime, unlike solar panels.


Alternative energy is one of the best ways for you to help the environment as well as save a little money along the way. With more efficient and comparatively cheaper energy methods now available, there is no reason for you not to invest in clean energy.


How Awnings can Expand your Living Space

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There is no denying that doors and windows do not only take the spotlight, but are also often given more importance when it comes to renovating your house. Other things like awnings are rarely given any limelight. However, awnings can play a crucial role if chosen carefully.

Awnings can be a valuable addition to your outdoor space and must be considered more than just temporary canopies. If chosen and placed properly, an awning can be an asset to your outdoor decoration. That means whether it is your house, office or any other architectural design, awnings are a smart idea to expand your living space.

Before we plunge into the details why you should opt for awnings, let us understand what they are.

What are Awnings?

The words awning is often interchangeably used with canopy. However, an awning is much more than just a canopy. They are not free standing structures like canopies. They are primarily mounted on a patio or an outside window.

Unlike canopies, awnings are permanent structures designed to provide shade or to cover the outdoor space throughout the season. Canopies, on the other hand, can be assembled and dissembled depending on shade requirements.

Why You Should go for Awnings?

Expand Outdoor Space

When the sun’s scorching heat beats down your yard, an awning can make your patio a shaded oasis. It does not only protect you from the sweltering heat, but also gives a decorative touch to your house.  That is to say, an awning is a smart idea to expand the outdoor space.  Increasing the size of your livable area, awnings effectively adds a customized outdoor space.

Entertain Guests

If you aspire to be a good host to impress your guests, an awning is undeniably a surefire way to utilize the space around your house. They provide an additional cover that allows you to arrange grand events. Your guests will enjoy an outdoor area as an awning offers great protection from heat, rainfall, and UV rays. Besides this, most awnings come with shielding and screening to provide protection against bugs and winds.


In addition to providing protection and space, an awning is a great way to make your outdoor space aesthetically beautiful. As they are designed with a variety of accessories and fabrics, they allow you to exhibit your taste and unique style. They come in a number of eye-catching designs to help you enhance the overall curb appeal of your house.

Added Value

Even if you do not intend to sell your house, awnings are one way to increase the market value of your property. A house with an awning is comparatively more attractive and valuable in terms of fetching a hefty price. To put it simply, potential buyers prefer to purchase houses with awnings; this is especially true if they relish on spending afternoons and nights on their patios.

Final Thoughts

All in all, awnings offer multiple benefits and make your house an ideal place to live in. From adding dependable protection to enhancing aesthetic appeal, they add tremendous value to your house.

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How Climate Change is making for more Intense Hurricane Seasons

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What is Climate Change?

The state of the atmosphere including its humidity, temperature, rainfall and wind is called weather. Climate change refers to changes in weather and other related changes in oceans and lands.

The main culprit behind climate change is global warming, which results in several negative consequences on biological, physical and human systems.

Facts about Climate Change

Global climate fluctuates naturally over time. However, the changes may require years or even decades to take place. Such natural variations generally originate through 2 ways: From external influences, such as variations in the energy received from the sun and through internal fluctuations that exchange water, energy, and carbon between the land, ice and atmosphere.

Human activities have a major role in climate change. The emission of greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere modify the concentrations of aerosols and affects the reflectivity of the Earth’s surface.

Myths about Climate Change

  • Solar and wind farms are expensive. They are not as efficient as coal, nuclear or oil.
  • Our environment will adapt to climate change.
  • Carbon dioxide is a green gas which plants and trees need to grow.
  • The term ‘Global Warming’ was invented to make money.

Naturally, all such claims are nothing but misconceptions that have no scientific proof. In fact, a few myths are so absurd that scientists choose to ignore them and do not offer any clarification.

Impact of Climate Change on Natural Disasters

Climate change has also resulted in extreme weather events. Every year, the annual temperature records are being broken and there seems to be no end. One thing is for sure. The present scenario is getting serious for politicians and scientists as today’s top industries have massive challenges to overcome.

Measures are taken to stop the negative environmental impacts and eco-friendly businesses are striving hard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to nurture a safe and healthy environment.

Climate Change and Hurricanes

Hurricanes are large rotating storms that have deadly outcomes. Last year, almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico due to a Category 5 Hurricane Maria. Maria damaged almost 95% of Dominica’s building structures.

Category 5 hurricanes are rare, but brutal hurricanes. We’ve already witnessed three in the past decade. While scientists are working to make more discoveries, there is ample data to believe that this sudden increase in storms and hurricanes could be attributed to climate change.

Oceans all across the globe continue to warm at a faster rate every year. This means that we are at the risk of experiencing more storms and hurricanes in the future.

Final Thoughts

Sustainable waste management is also a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment for our future generations. Choosing renewable energy sources also cuts down carbon emissions.

Global industries and production companies must adapt eco-friendly operations so as not to damage the environment any more. In case our climate keeps warming, we are sure to experience intense and more destructive hurricanes.

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Are We in the Caribbean Hurricane Ready

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The Caribbean islands are incredibly beautiful vacation destinations. Luxurious resorts and wonderful local vibes make it a great place for residents and tourists alike. However, recent hurricanes with record-breaking wind speeds have caused significant damage to the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean.

Last year, hurricanes Maria and Irma wreaked havoc on the Caribbean island. Buildings and homes in Dominica were damaged beyond repair and the entire island’s annual agricultural production suffered a huge loss.

Barbuda’s entire population was evacuated to Antigua and other islands. Findings revealed by the World Bank suggest that Irma led to losses equivalent to 14% of GDP for Barbuda and Antigua, and around 200% of GDP for Dominica. The growing occurrence of hurricanes poses great risks to the security of 40 million people living in the region and the island’s economic development.

Development institutions and the World Bank were prompt to act and provided support to evaluate losses and damages. However, there is a great need to focus on preparing the Caribbean island and building infrastructure that resist the effects of natural disasters and that can be called hurricane ready.

Government authorities are striving to protect the island from the disastrous effects of climate change.  Building more resilient infrastructures will definitely prove to be more cost-effective than continually rebuilding weak structures which can be destroyed by hurricanes and storms.

The architecture of a hurricane-proof building or home must feature systems that sustain the effects of a hurricane. The elements that require the most attention are doors, windows and roofs.

Glass doors and windows are also vulnerable to flying objects. Homeowners can choose impact-resistant glass. However, this is an expensive solution. Another way to protect your home or building is to cover the glass with storm shutters.

People living in the Caribbean should also pay special attention to secure doors and window frames. Residents should also ensure that all lightweight roofs are securely fastened to the walls.

How to Stay Safe during a Hurricane?

The best course of action to be hurricane ready is prevention. Investing in robust and durable shutters is a great way to protect your family and house. Make sure you install good quality hurricane shutters around your house well before the hurricane season starts.

Moreover, every household or a commercial building in the Caribbean must be equipped with a backup generator that powers through an outage. Talius provides all the basic amenities you need to survive the fury and devastation of a storm or hurricane.

A reliable and robust Generac generator meets the power demands of businesses and consumers alike. The brand is committed to manufacturing innovative designs and machines that are environmentally friendly. The automatic version comes in handy when you can’t go outside to turn it on manually, especially during a hurricane.

At Talius, we offer premium products so everyone in the Caribbean can protect their houses and buildings.

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget to stock up on other emergency supplies including protective clothing, water, food, medications, flashlights, tools and other important accessories to stay safe during a hurricane in the Caribbean.


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How Hurricanes Impact Children and What You Can Do

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The impending arrival of a major storm or a hurricane can be a very stressful time for anyone, and children are not immune to this. In fact, it can probably be argued that children are perhaps the most susceptible to psychological trauma associated with natural disasters. Trauma occurs when there is sufficiently a scary or dangerous situation. Hurricanes and other major weather phenomena can provide lots of scary and dangerous situations for kids – especially with all of the sensational imagery out there on news channels and other media.

Adults understand the potential loss of property and potential harm or injury that can occur with the advent of a hurricane. Children have a basic understanding of these risks but the problem gets compounded when they are kept out of the loop, and instead of being part of the discussion they end up sometimes pushed to one side. Even if this is inadvertent, the damage is still done.

Though the trauma can affect a child before, during, and after the hurricane; it is the aftermath of the storm that parents or guardians need to be mindful of. Children are resilient but there can be outbursts or strong emotions that can be symptoms of the uncertainty that children feel especially if there has been widespread and life-altering damage. Parents should pay attention to changes in behavior like bedwetting for kids under 6, temper tantrums, changes in appetite in both directions, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, problems focusing, and a fear that a hurricane may happen again in the short term.

What Can You Do?

Here are a few suggestions for what you can do to lessen the trauma in the aftermath of a hurricane:

  • It may seem silly to some adults, but sometimes children can blame themselves for bad things happening. It is the duty of every parent to let their kids know that they are completely blameless and none of it was their fault.
  • Some children may have difficulty expressing negative emotions at this time. You should let your child know that all emotions are perfectly fine and understandable.
  • Young children may be clingy and might need to be around their parents on a continual basis (some may even need to sleep in the same bed for a while after). If possible, concessions should be made to make kids as comfortable as possible after the storm.
  • Set up a regular time each day to discuss your child’s feelings towards recent events surrounding the hurricane and its effects. Ideally, it should well before bedtime, and in a quiet place devoid of distractions.
  • Most importantly, you need to reassure children that they are safe and that the likelihood of another disaster happening again is low. Children crave a safe, structured environment and even if we, as parents, can’t always provide it, we should make all efforts to let our kids feel safe and secure.

All children aren’t the same and many can go through a hurricane and come out with no psychological trauma, but for those that do come out with some ill effects, we hope that this article will help you.


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Hurricanes Stronger Than Typhoons For The First Time

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A remarkable thing has occurred regarding cyclones. For the first time in modern history, north Atlantic hurricanes were recorded as being stronger than south Pacific typhoons.

What’s the Difference Hurricanes and Typhoons?

Strictly speaking, cyclones, hurricanes, and typhoons are all synonyms for the same thing. The difference stems from the location of the three systems. All of them are intense low-pressure systems, but hurricanes form in the North Atlantic, while typhoons form in the South Pacific Ocean. In the curious case of Hurricane Genevieve, this hurricane formed in the Atlantic and traveled all the way to the Pacific, where it crossed the international dateline and suddenly became Super Typhoon Genevieve.

Which is Stronger?

Generally, typhoons are traditionally stronger than hurricanes, but that dynamic has shifted with last year’s batch of tropical cyclones. Typhoons are usually stronger because of the warmer temperatures of the Pacific Ocean, but this too is changing because of climate change and the heavy reliance of man on fossil fuels.

The trend of hurricanes being on average stronger than typhoons isn’t expected to be a fluke of 2017 and is expected to continue for some years to come. As greenhouse gases continue to rise in concentration in our atmosphere so will hurricanes continue to gain in strength.

Coastal regions like Florida and many small islands like Dominica, the British and US Virgin Islands were devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria, and many of these regions are still trying to pick up the pieces from these natural disasters.

What can be done?

The question of how to combat climate change is a big, many-layered question; and there is no single, magical answer that will make everything okay. We have spent a long time developing our infrastructure around the fossil fuel industry. However, what is agreed upon is that something to needs to happen. Suggestions, like cutting do2wn on your energy consumption and switching to solar energy or other renewable energy sources, is important, but so is making sure that you are adequately prepared for the hurricane regardless of how strong it is.

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How to be Hurricane Prepared on a Limited Budget

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When it comes to hurricane preparedness, there are many things that you can do on a limited budget. Structural additions like rollshutters may not always be a feasible solution for a low-income family – even with financing options available for such purchases.

When a hurricane approaches, households across many Caribbean islands tend to go on a mad scramble to get supplies for their homes and themselves. In this article, we’ll look into some things you can do for cheap to prepare for the storm.

Buy a Crank Radio

Crank Radios are like conventional radios in every way except for the power source. As the name may suggest, crank radios are powered by turning a crankshaft, which charges a battery in the radio.

Conversely, there are also solar powered radios on the market as well, but without a light source, these radios will stop working. It is important to get a radio that you’ve tested the speakers, reception, and the rechargeable battery. Radios are important to have so you’ll be kept informed as to what is going with the storm and if the all-clear has been given.

Stock Up on Sale Items

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A popular hurricane preparedness tip is to stock up on canned goods and other non-perishable foodstuffs. However, you can buy the items you need over time and wait for them to go on sale. Overall, sometimes you can save anywhere between 10% and 40 % on some grocery items, and upwards of 25% on other items.

Plywood Sheets Vs. Storm Panels

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Firstly, it should be stated that plywood sheets over your windows are simply not an effective method of protection. There is one way but that requires some special equipment, which for those on a budget usually isn’t possible for financial reasons.

Using masking tape or duct tape across your windows is equally not a good idea, because if they are impacted by flying debris, the window will still be broken but instead of shattering, larger pieces of glass will remain, which can cause serious injuries or even death to those inside the house.

If aluminum rollshutters, Bahama or colonial shutters are not options, then we recommend using storm panels. Storm panels are made from extremely durable polycarbonate and represent the least expensive option of the permanent shutter systems. Storm panels are removable, so they don’t alter the aesthetic of the property. The downside is that they often require assistance in putting them up and can take around 20 minutes per window or door. When not in use, storm panels require storage but can be stacked for efficiency in space.

Request Hurricane Preparedness Items as Gifts

With Christmas and birthdays coming every year, it makes sense to ask friends and family to offer some inexpensive items for hurricane preparedness as gifts. It might seem a little tacky but it will save you money in the long run.


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Stand-By Power for During and After a Hurricane

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A hurricane can take power lines down and even destroy power stations at any time during the storm. Once you lose power, it can be weeks before your power is restored. If you live in a remote area or if the damage is so extensive that roads must be cleared and, possibly, repaired before power company crews can reach your area, it could be months before your power returns. Just look at what happened to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

At the very least, you need power restored within a few hours to avoid losing the food in your refrigerator and freezer. Excessive heat and humidity can create life-threatening conditions for the very young and the elderly, so your air conditioning may also be a necessity rather than a luxury. To maintain the power in your home, you need a standby generator that will begin operating automatically within seconds after the power goes off.

Standby vs. Portable Generators

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A standby generator is installed in a permanent location next to your home and anchored to a concrete slab. It is then attached to its power source(s) and to your home’s electrical system. Standby generators usually draw power from two sources – your home’s natural gas line and a propane tank. So you are not likely to have to leave your home in the midst of the destruction left by a hurricane to seek fuel at a time when supplies are likely to be scarce and prices are likely to be high.

Standby generators have a sensor that monitors your home’s electrical system, and when it senses that your home has lost power, it starts the generator. Your standby generator comes on automatically within 10 to 30 seconds of your loss of power. It will start whether or not you are at home, and if you are home, it does not require you to leave the safe room of your house to plug it into your home’s electrical system and start it. Standby generators can provide enough power to run everything in your home, including pools, hot tubs, and spas. However, standby generators are generally more expensive than portable generators.

Portable generators are less expensive than standby generators, and you could take a smaller one with you if you had to evacuate to the home of a friend or relative to maintain their power. However, if you are home when you lose power, you will have to leave your safe room and your house to connect a portable generator to your home’s power supply and then start the generator. You will also have to leave your shelter to refuel a portable generator at least three times during the course of a day.

If you have evacuated already or if you are away from your home and are unable to return, no one will be there to operate the generator, and your home will remain without power.

Also, a portable generator may be able to power your lights, your refrigerator and freezer, and any medical equipment that someone may need, but it may or may not be able to power the entire electric range.

It won’t be able to power your central air conditioner unless you purchase one that can generate 10 kW to 17.5 kW (kilowatts). Portable generators of that size are comparable in price to standby generators but lack the convenience of an automatic start, a permanent connection to a long-term fuel supply, and a permanent connection for supplying power to your home.

Choosing a Standby Generator

While most standby generators connect to two power supplies, some use only one. Standby generators with a single power supply may use natural gas, propane, or diesel fuel.

Once you decide on which power supply you prefer, you will need to determine how much power you need your generator to supply. A certified electrician can determine the exact wattage you need to provide an ample power supply for your home.

To get a general idea of the size generator you need, though, check the data plate on your air conditioner. It will either list its size in BTUs (British thermal units) or tons. Since each ton equals 12,000 BTUs, divide the number of BTUs by 12,000 to convert it to tons. If you want to power everything in your home, the following table provides a general guideline that estimates the size generator that you might need.

Size of Home Size of AC in Tons Estimated kW Required
< 1,000 sq. feet 2 tons 13.8 kW
1,000 – 1,600 sq. ft. 3 tons 14.7 kW
1,600 – 3,000 sq. ft. 4 tons 21 kW
3,000 – 5,000 sq. ft. 5 tons 24.6 kW
5,000 + 5 tons 24.6 kW

Again, this table offers only a general estimate of the number of kilowatts you might need to power your home. You should have a licensed electrician survey your home to determine your exact power needs. If your exact needs fall between the outputs of two generator models, then it’s wisest to ensure that your home has enough power by installing the larger generator than to underpower your home and have to turn one major appliance off in order to use another.

Maintaining Your Standby Generator

You should test your standby generator periodically to make sure that it will operate properly when you need it.  If your generator doesn’t have a test button that simulates a loss of power, then your owner’s manual should have instructions that explain how to temporarily disconnect your home from your electrical power supplier. In either case, when the power is disrupted, the generator should start within less than a minute.

In addition to testing your generator to make sure that it is operating properly, you should also check its supply of propane and its oil levels. If your standby generator comes on when you test it, then its connections to your home’s gas line are secure. If your generator uses propane or diesel fuel, you should maintain at least a three day. If your propane or diesel fuel level is down, have your tank topped off while prices are low, before demand rises and prices go up as hurricane season approaches. Check your owner’s manual or check with your generator’s manufacturer to learn what the proper oil levels are for your generator.

With these guidelines, you should be able to find the right standby generator for your home and maintain it for years.

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How to Create a Hurricane Safe Room

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Many people don’t think about creating a safe room in their home for the advent of a hurricane. While circumstances can leave some with few choices or no choice but to take refuge in a local hurricane shelter, and can give others valid reasons to stay. Anyone who lives in a low-lying area that could be flooded by torrential rain, high tides, and/or overflowing rivers, lakes, and streams created by a hurricane should do everything possible to find a way to evacuate when authorities recommend it. Drowning, after all, is the main cause of death during a hurricane.

That being said, a home that is outside of potential flood zones and that has been built with hurricane-resistant techniques and materials may be a safer alternative for some than evacuating. For example, evacuating can be a stressful experience for elderly parents or grandparents, or it may be important for a family member with health problems to remain near the health care providers who are familiar with his or her treatment and healthcare history. In such cases, building a hurricane safe room in your home adds an additional layer of reinforced protection.

Hurricane Protection Starts With Your Home’s Exterior

Hurricane resistant building techniques include the use of fasteners to anchor each part of your home to every other part of your home. The roof should be anchored to the walls and the walls should be anchored to the foundation to resist the uplift created as hurricane-force winds blow over the house. The walls should be anchored to each other to resist the horizontal force of the winds.

A standard practice for protecting homes and businesses before a hurricane is to board the windows up with plywood. If you plan to shelter in place in your home, though, rollshutters are a safer, stronger alternative. Rollshutters eliminate the worry that the plywood may sell out before you are able to purchase it. They eliminate the need to purchase new sheets of plywood each time a hurricane approaches, and the need to purchase and store sheets of plywood in advance to avoid paying exorbitantly high prices for it as a hurricane approaches. Rollshutters also eliminate the need to place more nail holes in the exterior of your home.

Choosing Your Safe Room

Your safe room should be a small, centrally located room on the first floor of your home. It should not be on an outside wall, and it should have solid walls and a solid ceiling with no windows or skylights. You should have as many walls as possible between you and the wind and any wind-borne objects, small and large. Because you will need to stay in your safe room for a number of hours and you may need space for sleeping, experts recommend that hurricane safe rooms should provide 10 square feet of floor space per person who will occupy the room.

Constructing Your Safe Room

Line the walls of your safe room with two layers of 3/4″ (1.905 cm) plywood, one with the grain running vertically and one with the grain running horizontally. For added protection, you can line the interior side of the plywood with Kevlar® or 14-gauge steel. If you nail this protective shell to a frame of 2” x 4” (5.08 cm x 10.16 cm) boards with the Kevlar® or steel facing the frame instead of the walls of your room, you can create a room within a room that has walls and a ceiling that are independent of the walls and ceiling of your home. Anchor the ceiling of this independent safe room to its walls, anchor the walls to each other, and then anchor the entire independent safe room within a safe room to the foundation of your home. Apply drywall to the side of the frame of two-by-fours that faces the interior of your safe room, and finish it as you choose.

Because you may need to remain in your safe room for multiple hours as the hurricane passes, you should install a ventilation system that exchanges air with the interior of your home at a rate of between 5 ft3/m and 15 ft3/m (cubic feet per minute) per person who will occupy the room. You will need to create an opening for that.

Finally, replace the door and doorjamb of your safe room with a stronger one. Choose a steel doorjamb and strengthen the wood in the wall surrounding the door with steel angle iron.

Choose a heavy steel door or a heavy, solid wood, exterior door to replace the lighter weight interior door. Choose a door with a 2-inch (5.08 cm) deadbolt lock, or replace the door’s lock with a 2-inch (5.08 cm) deadbolt. Mount the hinges so that the door opens inward so that it cannot be blocked by debris.

Before you begin installing the lock and door handle, strengthen the wood around them with either a brass or steel strike plate. You can choose either a keyless deadbolt or one that uses a key. Install the deadbolt so that it locks from inside the room. A deadbolt lock that uses a key might be the safer option if you have young children because they could lock themselves in a safe room with a keyless lock. If you choose a deadbolt that works with a key, have two keys on hand and keep them in two different in locations in your home.

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