Case Study

Hurricane Screen Install

Safe, Fast, and Saves Inventory

Hurricane Andrew changed the way everyone in Florida views hurricanes. The 1992 Category 5 storm destroyed cities south of Miami, forcing federal, state and local lawmakers to re-examine standards in hopes of saving lives. Tougher building codes work. An Insurance Institute for Building and Home Safety study finds enforcing modern building codes reduces the severity of storm losses by an estimated 42 %. Another lesson learned: investing in hurricane shutters or screen is wise in storm-prone areas because insurance companies make it expensive for those property owners who don’t.

The Issue

Questions surrounding how best to protect your home vs. commercial properties differ. Safety, timing, and ability to save inventory are all factors. At Divisions Maintenance Group we’ve had the opportunity to work with many customers on their storm preparedness plans, and to share the best. The considerations we help customers examine are these: effectiveness, cost, store accessibility, storability, appearance, time needed to install, and qualified providers able to install at the busiest time of all.

The Solution

One chain of commercial properties is choosing to invest in hurricane screens for all locations in storm prone areas. The screens are made of a geo-synthetic textile that reduces, according to the manufacturer, a 100mph wind to three miles per hour in the protected area. Each screen is hurricane rated and custom fit to windows and doors. They are also often used to surround the patios of homes, country clubs, and restaurants so that outdoor furniture can be not only protected, but left in place.

Divisions assembles Providers to review installation procedures in advance of hurricane season. This assures the customer there are qualified teams trained and able to install quickly when needed.

The Impact

While protecting the property and, of course, people, the screens allow commercial spaces to remain accessible to customers even hours before a potential evacuation. This helps reduce lost business if the storm’s path changes and closure is unnecessary. The screens are lighter and smaller than metal alternatives and more easily stored at each location, no transport required. They require less hardware and less time to install. I-bolts mounted into the canopies and sidewalks make deploying the screens simple. Lower profile mountings keep the facade clean and attractive. The key is delivering value and peace of mind to the customer through proper preparation.