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Hello! This is James Godwin with Grand Floridian Shutter Systems. If you have come to this site you are looking for storm protection information. You have come to the right place. This page is dedicated to dispelling a common myth that plywood – even installed to code – is impact rated. Put simply, it is not. So lets get started.
Under Florida’s Building Code ( www.floridabuilding.org ) Chapter 16, section 1609.1.2, plywood is given an exception to meeting the ASTM E 1996 High Impact Large Missile Test Standard that ALL of our products have to meet.
1609.1.2 Protection of openings.
Glazed openings in buildings located in wind-borne debris regions shall be protected from wind-borne debris. Glazed opening protection for wind-borne debris shall meet the requirements of SSTD 12, ASTM E 1886 and ASTM E 1996, ANSI/DASMA 115 (for garage doors and rolling doors) or TAS 201, 202 and 203 or AAMA 506 referenced therein.
1. Glazed openings located within 30 feet (9.1 m) of grade shall meet the requirements of the large missile test of ASTM E 1996.
2. Glazed openings located more than 30 feet (9.1 m) above grade shall meet the provisions of the small missile test of ASTM E 1996.
3. Storage sheds that are not designed for human habitation and that have a floor area of 720 square feet (67 m2) or less are not required to comply with the mandatory windborne debris impact standards of this code.
4. Openings in sunrooms, balconies or enclosed porches constructed under existing roofs or decks are not required to be protected provided the spaces are separated from the building interior by a wall and all openings in the separating wall are protected in accordance with Section 1609.1.2 above. Such spaces shall be permitted to be designed as either partially enclosed or enclosed structures.
1. Wood structural panels with a minimum thickness of 7/16 inch (11.1 mm) and maximum panel span of 8 feet (2438 mm) shall be permitted for opening protection in one- and two-story buildings classified as Group R-3 or R-4 occupancy…
So what does this mean? Testing has shown that plywood installed to code will mitigate wind pressure if installed to code. But, it is exempt from impact testing. It is exempt because it cannot pass the rigorous testing that all hurricane impact rated products have to meet.
Our Storm Catcher Wind Abatement screens are the answer to this problem.
- Wind Abatement Screens are Large Missile Impact Rated, and tested to withstand design pressures of +100/-100 psf (that’s close to 200mph winds!)
- They weigh 10 ounces a square yard (that’s seven pounds for a garage door opening)!
- They fold like blankets for storage.
- The screens come with a ten year installation and manufacturers warranty.
- All the fasteners in your home are stainless steel, weather sealed, and permanent allowing for a tool-less, quick installation.