If you live in Florida there are certain rules you have to abide by when owning property and land. There is a variety of things to use from protection from wind such as shutters, fabrics, panels and more. Depending on what region you are in, certain protection is appropriate for your house or business.
Impact Rated Products
These are windows, shutters and doors that are proven to resist impact of large debris that is windborne. The test standards are it has to survive a p-pound 2×4 lumber missile striking at 34 mph. If it can pass this test than it is an impact rated product. Not every product you buy at the store will be an impacted rated product. You have to look for the approved rating on it. The approved ones come with special installation instructions and require to be installed correctly.
Shutters, doors and window have to pass the following Florida Billing Code:
- TAS 201 Large and Small Missile Test Standards, TAS 202 Uniform Structural Load Standards, and TAS 203 Uniform Cyclic Pressure Test Standards. These are the Test Standards required for a Miami-Dade Product Approval. A product with a NOA (Notice of Acceptance) is approved for use in Miami-Dade and Broward counties if it meets the requirements of these test standards.
A building inspector checks to make sure everything is up to codes when the structure is being built. But if you are installing new windows or doors on your own, they must meet the billing codes. Approval of inspection is required before installing shutters in Florida.
There are two other test standards that products can pass also.
- ASTM E 1886 Standard Test Method for Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors, and Storm Shutters Impacted by Missile(s) and Exposed to Cyclic Pressure Differentials, and, ASTM E 1996 Standard Specification for Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors and Storm Shutters Impacted by Windborne Debris in Hurricanes. These are the Test Standards required for Product Approval in the rest of Florida and in International Building Code for use in Windborne Debris Regions for the US, Hawaii, and Caribbean Islands. This standard is not sufficient for opening protection devices in Miami-Dade or Broward counties.
- SBCCI Test Standard for Determining Impact Resistance From Windborne Debris SSTD-12-97 (Note: This Test Standard was accepted in Florida until December 31, 2007; but, is no longer accepted for new products. Nevertheless, if you have an older product that is in good condition and indicates compliance with this standard, for all practical purposes it meets the requirements of ASTM E 1886 and ASTM E 1996.) This standard by itself is not and has not been sufficient for opening protection devices in Miami-Dade or Broward counties.
The differences in the test standards are the one that Miami-Dade requires are the first test standard does not allow the missile to break through the protection or break the glass behind it. The other two test standards will allow the missile to penetrate the protective system but the opening cannot increase in size that is bigger than a 3-inch diameter. In other areas, standard tests two and three have to be passed, but in Miami-Dade only test one has to be approved on windows, shutters, doors.