THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPACT WINDOWS AND DOORS
The 2019 hurricane season is well underway, with the peak season of
August 1 through October 30.
Impact-resistant windows and doors combine heavy-duty frames with
impact-resistant laminated glass and a special silicone glazing process to
keep the glass from breaking away from its frame. Impact-resistant glass is
comprised of two panes of glass bonded together with a special interlayer
of clear polyvinylbutyral. Although wind-borne debris or an attempted
break in may crack the glass on impact, the interlayer keeps the overall
window and door intact, preventing destructive winds or intruders from
entering your home. Replacing traditional windows with impact-resistant
windows will help both to gain the best energy efficiencies and to protect
the envelope of your home. Impact windows and doors can also often
eliminate the need for shutters.
Hassell Free is a distributor for PGT Custom Windows + Door for over 20
year. In addition we are a dealer for Euro-Wall. Both companies offer a
wide range of choices of impact-resistant windows and doors and they
meet the most stringent building codes in the U.S.
Metal roofing has been popular and widely used in the Caribbean for many decades. Quality metal roofs can last up to 50 years without the need for replacement. Modern metal roofs are maintenance free, will not rot like a wooden roof and are resistant to fading. Although the initial cost of metal is higher, the life-cycle costs are substantially lower than conventional materials. Modern metal roofs are often installed directly over plywood decking and felt, or over an existing roof. Metal roofs are installed in sheets, so labor costs for installation are kept to a minimum. Metal reflects most of the sun’s rays. At day’s end, metal also cools more quickly and as a result, living space remains cooler. Hassell Free recognizes that appearance is a major factor in the choice of roofing material. To ensure that the benefits of metal go beyond longevity and durability, Hassell Free’s diversified line of metal roofing offers homeowners and commercial contractors a variety of styles, colors, and finishes.
HASSELL FREE CAN SUPPLY ALL OF YOUR LUMBER NEEDS
We export everything from basic building lumber to exotic hardwoods throughout the Caribbean. Our selection includes pressure treated wood, plywood, yard and structural lumber in whatever size and volume your building project requires. We also export cedar and cypress which are beautiful and can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Hardwoods are frequently used in flooring, cabinetry and furnishings. Hardwoods are also less likely to decay or rot than softwoods.
We offer a wide selection of American hardwoods to choose from such as Oak, Maple, Mahogany, Cherry and Walnut.
Exotic hardwoods that add beauty to your home are Teak, Brazilian Cherry, Tigerwood, Ipe and a multitude of others.
Hurricane shutters remain the most economical solution for protection in a storm. Preparing ahead of time is the best way to protect your home or business. Hassell Free offers various types of shutters. Hurricane panels are made of corrugated steel or aluminum and attach to the walls around windows and doors on bolts or tracks. Accordion shutters are one or two piece shutters that are housed beside the windows or doors when not in use. They unfold accordion-style to cover and protect during a storm. Bahama shutters are one-piece louvered shutters that attach directly above the windows and prop open to provide shade for the window. Bahama shutters are storm-ready when lowered and secured to the wall. Roll down shutters attach above the window. They roll up and store in an enclosed box when not in use. They are lowered either manually by a hand crank or automatically by push button, and lock in place for storm protection.
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