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Understanding The Hurricane Rating System

We are Floridians. What is a threat to us every year? Hurricanes. The rest of the country expects us to be hurricane experts because they occur so frequently. But are you? It not, do not worry. By the time you are finished reading this, you will have some worthy knowledge to share with the rest of the country. As well as providing dependable hurricane rated windows, Florida Engineered Glass has all the hurricane information you are craving for. Our knowledge will give you the inspiration to install an impact window Miami residents trust. Contact us today!


The Wind Scale

By now we are aware of the system used to measure hurricanes. We hear it all the time when we turn on the news, and they inform us of whatever category the storm is, or what category it has the potential of becoming. But do we actually know the speeds that are involved within the scale?


The scale is called The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. First introduced to the public in 1973, it has a rating of 1 to 5 based on the hurricane’s sustained wind speed. In order to even be considered a hurricane, a tropical cyclone must have one-minute maximum of sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour.


Hurricane Rated Windows Are Necessary For All These Speeds

  • Category 1: Wind speeds of 74-95 mph. Hazardous winds will produce some damage.
    • There may be damage to the roof, shingles, vinyl siding, and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap. Shallowly rooted trees will topple. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that can last several days.
  • Category 2: Wind speeds of 96-110 mph. Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage.
    • Homes can sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block roads. Near-total power loss is expected that can last weeks.
  • Category 3: (major hurricane) Wind speeds of 111-129 mph. Devastating damage will occur.
    • Homes can incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will snap or become uprooted, which will block numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days or weeks.
  • Category 4: (major hurricane) Wind speeds of 130-156 mph. Catastrophic damage will occur.
    • Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the city will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
  • Category 5: (major hurricane) Wind speeds of 157 mph or higher. Catastrophic damage will occur.
    • A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the city will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.


Get an Impact Window Miami!

At Florida Engineered Glass Corp. we genuinely care about the safety of your home and family. We offer the best hurricane rated windows and expertise on hurricanes in Miami, Florida. Our variety of impact products will keep you satisfied and your house happy.  When it comes time to prepare for the next hurricane, get a step ahead of the game and call us for a free estimate. We offer an impact window Miami deserves. Visit our office or contact us today!


We look forward to protecting your home.