Archive for April, 2009

Storm Catcher Hurricane Screen Dealers

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Are you a builder or re-modeler? Are you already in the hurricane protection industry? Do you own a construction business in hurricane prone regions of the country? If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions – you may be interested in becoming a Storm Catcher dealer.

Our products offer home owners affordable, easy to handle, easy to store, wind-storm protection. They offer business owners an easy to sell and install storm product that will give them a leg up on the competition. Most of our dealers have increased their business substantially by adding our products to their product line. We offer unmatched dealer and technical support and hold a monthly dealer training seminar. We offer a dealer back-end portion of the Storm Catcher website which is dedicated to providing our dealer-base with technical support and order-tracking. And finally, we have a seasoned staff of professionals who are available around the clock to help you.

If you’re in the storm protection field, or if you just want to expand your business during these tough times, Storm Catcher is worth considering. More info can be found at StormCatcher.com or by calling 888 962 7283.

Press Release from the International Hurricane Protection Association Concerning Window Film

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

This is a press release from the IHPA which was sent out Dec. 8 2008

IHPA Forms Consumer Safety Task Force for Hurricane Protection Products
December 9, 2008 — Bill Feeley, President of the International Hurricane Protection Association (IHPA), announced today the
formation of the Consumer Safety Task Force for Hurricane Protection Products, intended to act in unison with the Florida
Attorney General’s office to protect consumers who have been, and are being subjected to deceptive or misleading trade practices
by unscrupulous hurricane profiteers. “The IHPA and the Attorney General of Florida have been made aware of a continued
increase in advertising and marketing misleading consumers into buying products that do not meet the Florida Building Code
(FBC) requirements for hurricane protection.” Feeley said. “The difference in choosing approved or non-approved Hurricane
protection systems can dramatically affect the survival of a home and its contents and in some cases can be a life or death
decision. This type of deceptive trade practice needs to stop and the companies profiting from this should be held accountable.”
Feeley continued, “Florida is an attractive target for deceptive schemes due to our high exposure to hurricanes, large retired
population, and constant influx of new residents. This creates an opportunity for deceptive and misleading profiteers playing on
the worries and fears of consumers who may have never experienced, or understand, the potential for damage to homes or
property associated with strong wind storms.”
Holding up a newspaper advertisement from a Sarasota company advertising “Hurricane Window Film”, Feeley said, “This is
incredibly dangerous. A consumer sees this in their newspaper and believes that it must be legitimate. Unfortunately, consumers
are purchasing these products in good faith thinking they are protecting their homes and families.” It is estimated the deceptive
practice of selling window film as hurricane protection to consumers in the state of Florida alone, runs in the tens of millions of
dollars. Feeley cited a statement from the International Window Film Association (IWFA) website, a worldwide window film
industry trade association addressing this type of advertising; “Statements such as “hurricane proof” or “meets Dade County
standards” are, at best, misleading to the public or, at worst, fraudulent.”
Feeley was quick to point out, ““Hurricane Window Film” advertising schemes, though widespread, are not the only unapproved
hurricane protection products being advertised this way.”
The IHPA lists several simple guidelines that consumers can follow to better protect themselves before entering into a contract:
- Does the product have an approval number issued by the Florida Building Commission or the Miami-Dade Building Code
Compliance Office?
- Is the Contractor licensed and able to pull a permit for the installation of the product? Currently, most jurisdictions require
a building permit be issued for the installation of impact resistant coverings or impact resistant glazing (glass). After March
1, 2009, building permits and inspections will be mandatory for the installation of required impact resistant coverings.
- Does your insurance carrier accept the product as hurricane protection? According to the Florida Office of Insurance
Regulation (Form OIR B1-1802) and Citizens Insurance Company (Form WBDR 1802-01-09); after-market installed
window films are rated the same as having no protection at all (None). Systems that do not meet the FBC or Miami-Dade
Approvals are also rated as “None”.
“Unfortunately, many consumers are not aware they have been deceived until they contact their insurance company for a discount
or, have a qualified inspection and receive the form that is required to apply for windstorm credits or meet new renewal
requirements from Citizens.”
Any consumers who believe they have been mislead by a company or have purchased window film as hurricane protection on
their home should contact the Attorney General of Florida’s Fraud Hotline at 1-866-966-7226. Out of state call 1-850-414-3990.
Consumers may also file complaints on the Attorney General of Florida’s website at http://www.myfloridalegal.com. Consumers
who think they are being unfairly denied discounts for hurricane protection products or have more questions about windstorm
discounts should contact the Florida Department of Financial Services at 1-877-693-5236.
About the International Hurricane Protection Association
The IHPA is a non-profit organization with a membership of over 200 manufacturers, suppliers, contractors and government
agencies providing quality hurricane protection systems, information, and education to insure the publics’ welfare and safety,
therefore minimizing the loss of life and the destruction of property associated with hurricanes.
For more information, go to their website at www.inthpa.com .

Storm Catcher Has More Hurricane Screen Options To Choose From

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

The Storm Catcher line of hurricane screen products has more hurricane screens to choose from. While some companies offer only one mounting option, with limited spans – Storm Catcher has many mounting options as well as the longest spans available. We have standard grommet screens, strap and buckle applications, combinations of grommet and straps and buckles, and rolling screen.

With our direct mount hurricane screen we can span as wide 229″ and with our rolling screen we can span as wide as 288″. At 288″, without storm bars, the Storm Catcher rolling screen is the strongest form of storm bar free roll-down protection in the hurricane industry. The aluminum track extrusion that Storm Catcher uses for it’s side tracks is one off the strongest if not the strongest in the industry.

We are proud to say that no one in the hurricane screen industry has more options available than Storm Catcher!