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Hurricane Doors Fl | Preparing for a Hurricane

Florida is one of the most notorious places to live when it comes to hurricanes. Here are 3 ways to stay safe next season. Sandbags   Sandbags can be one of the best ways to prevent flooding inside the home. Having a thick wall around the openings of your house can reduce the amount of[...]

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More Safety Tips for Independence Day

In addition to firework safety, there are other special safety concerns during the Fourth of July holiday. Americans spend the holiday grilling, going to the beach and doing other outdoor activities – all of which carry with them their own safety concerns. When it comes to visiting your local beach, one of the most important[...]

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More Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in South Florida

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, the days before and after Independence Day are packed with fabulous events, proving that watching fireworks is not the only way to celebrate! From family friendly activities, to those just for adults, there are plenty of fun ways to spend your days celebrate the Fourth of July. While[...]

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Recipes to Wow Your 4th of July BBQ Guests!

One of the most well-known Fourth of July traditions is the barbecue. But not just any barbecue! The Fourth of July barbecue is noted for its food and drinks. So if you are planning a barbecue this Independence Day, here are some easy recipes to make your party unforgettable! One traditional Fourth of July food[...]

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10 Great Places to View Fireworks this Fourth of July

Throughout the United States, people gather in various locations every Fourth of July to watch fabulous firework shows. And South Florida is no exception. So where are the best places in South Florida to watch fireworks this upcoming Independence Day? Here are our Top 10 picks: West Palm Beach Waterfront. This event will feature performances[...]

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Firework Safety Tips

Every year people are injured while using fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, causing 3 deaths, 40 injuries and about $43 million in damage. Even sparklers can be unsafe; they account for about 25 percent of fireworks injuries seen in emergency rooms. The[...]

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Fourth of July Traditions Continue Through the Years

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776. For Americans, this day represents the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. What many people may not know is that technically, the Thirteen Colonies separated from Great Britain two days earlier,[...]

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Awning Windows: The Perfect Choice for Wide-Open Ventilation

Awning windows are casement windows with hinges located at the top of the system. Casement windows are defined as windows hinged from one side and able to open outwards and angled to allow the wind or breeze to come in while keeping rain out. The single awning windows can open inward or outwards, but the[...]

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The Intangible Factors Many Home Owners Forget when Considering Window Replacement

Window replacement is a milestone in every homeowner’s life. It’s one of those moments when you want it but hesitate because it’s a massive undertaking, whether you have a professional come in or you attempt to do it on your own. You’ve considered the style, size, and cost and you are just about take the[...]

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How to Stock Up For Hurricane Season

Though Florida’s weather has been relatively calm over the past several years, 2017’s hurricane season is predicted to break that habit. Experts say that this year is likely to see an unusual amount of storm activity. Don’t be caught off guard! An imminent storm is bad enough on its own without having to rush to[...]

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Strange Atlantic Tropics in 2017: Early Start and an Unusual Location for Formation

Tropical activity in the Atlantic Basin is off to a quick start with three named storms already this year. But that’s just one of several strange events we’ve already seen during this Atlantic hurricane season. Here are four weird things we’ve seen so far this year, one of which happened before the Atlantic hurricane season officially[...]

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Hurricane Preparedness – Be Ready

Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials. These are essential pieces to the Weather-Ready Nation. Refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready.gov/hurricanes for comprehensive information on hurricane preparedness at home and in your community. Some highlights on how[...]

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List of Names for 2017 Hurricane Season

NAMES OF U.S. HURRICANES: ATLANTIC BASIN AND EASTERN NORTH-PACIFIC Tropical storms have been named for 2017, so here is the list of hurricane names for the Atlantic Basin (Miami hurricanes) and Eastern North-Pacific (California hurricanes). Is your name listed? HOW ARE HURRICANES NAMED? Native Americans called these storms Hurakons, after “a great spirit who commanded the east wind.” Spanish[...]

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Why You Should Replace Your Old Door

Hurricane season is from June 1- November 30. During a hurricane, winds can enter the home through broken windows and doors. The increased pressure that is caused inside the home by this happening can cause the roof to lift off and push out the structure of the home. Having older doors replaced with doors that[...]

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Why You Should Consider Installing Impact Windows in Your Home

Impact windows are important if you live in an area that is typically hit with hurricanes or tropical storms. The windows will make your home stronger against high winds, water damage and storm debris. Having impact windows may also save you money in insurance costs and also energy costs. If you are building a new[...]

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Increasing Your Property Value with Impact Window Installation

Hurricane season in the Atlantic region is six months long, starting on June 1 and ending November 30. While it is known when hurricane season will occur, there is no way for meteorologists to determine what the upcoming hurricane season will be like. The number of storms and the intensity of the storms are unpredictable[...]

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Everything You Need (& Want) To Know About Bay Windows

The bay window is a 3-opening window that protrudes outward and dates as far back as the Gothic era or around the 16th century. It evolved from the Romanesque architecture and contrary to popular opinion, gothic does not refer to dark or haunted. The original purpose for Gothic architecture was to “bring in the sunshine.”[...]

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4 Awesome Tips on Garden Windows For 2017

Garden windows can immensely enhance your kitchen, bathroom, or any other room where you want to have more flowers, small plants, or herbs. Done properly, these windows become a one-time investment with great ROI potential especially nowadays with the growing thrust for organic and all-natural produce. Some of the advantages of having a garden window[...]

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Home Improvement Projects That Can Save You Money

For most of us, when we hear the term “Home Improvement” we immediately think in dollar signs. As a result, regular home updates can easily fall by the wayside for those on a budget. But this doesn’t have to be the case. What if “Home Improvement” could mean saving instead of spending? See the tips[...]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Colonial Shutters for Your Home

It’s not an uncommon site to see shutters flanking the windows of American homes. You and your neighbors may even have them, a fixed decoration nailed to the outer walls of your house. But these window treatments could be more than just decor. Working colonial shutters could be saving you money and protecting your home.[...]

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Security Risks After A Hurricane

According to the CDC, there are several critical risks after a hurricane. In fact, after Hurricane Matthew, many homes and lives were lost because of the extreme vulnerabilities each and every family and business faces. Often, desperation leads regular people to do things they would never consider doing such as looting, taking possession of another[...]

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Impact Resistant Windows. Why Should You Have Them?

When discussing natural disasters and storms, most people will think of the worst hurricanes or storms that have hit the country. However, those are not the only natural disasters and wind storms. There are also storms and tornadoes too. Anyone living in a region that is prone to storms that produce high winds should consider[...]

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11 Ways to Avoid Hurricane Damage

The tremendous power of a hurricane can leave a home in ruins. You can minimize the potential damage to your home, cut the cost your home insurance, and save on repairs with the help of many available home improvement products. Making sure your home is ready for hurricane season does not need to be expensive.[...]

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Hurricane Preparedness

If you live along coastlines one of the most dangerous things you can do is to not be prepared for a hurricane or tropical storm. There are two key factors that the National Hurricane Center says contributes to being safe during a tropical storm or hurricane, these are preparing in advance and to act on[...]

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Home Security: How to Burglar Proof Windows

Home security is extremely important and although individuals understand the importance of locking doors, they often overlook that it’s important to burglar proof windows. A thief will either enter your home through a door or window. Windows are the weakest point of entry. If your doors are solid and have locks to provide safety, so[...]

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Tips on Choosing a Hurricane Windows Contractor

The state of Florida is affected by hurricanes more than any other US state. Since 1851, there have only been 18 hurricane seasons where Florida was not impacted by storms. However, since the year 2000, there have been about 65 tropical storms and hurricanes that have hit Florida. These storms have caused billions of dollars[...]

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Another Palm Beach County Homeowner Safe from the Storm!

Recent Installation of motorized rolling shutters, designed, built and installed by Castle Impact Windows/Folding Shutter Corporation!

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Matthew Looks to Blow In our Doors

Matthew has strengthened rapidly over the last 48 hours, it is now a major hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph! It is also drifting westward. whereas less than 24 hours ago, the “cone of  probability had Matthew tracking right through the heart of the Bahamas, and the edge of the cone just off[...]

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Matthew Knocks!

intermediate advisory due to the rapid strengthening of Matthew during the past few hours

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A Run Through the Jungle, or at Least the Zoo

The Castle team joined 700+ runners/walkers to help raise money to protect big cats at the Palm Beach Zoo this weekend.    All seven team members finished, though no one broke any records. We are enjoying doing good while having fun. Castle Impact Windows/Folding Shutter Corporation believes in being a good citizen. Look for our[...]

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We Made It Eleven Years, But the Streak is Broken

Florida has been in the midst of a very lucky streak. On Monday, October 24, 2005, Hurricane Wilma hit the Florida Keys and moved up in to Broward county causing death and destruction. For almost 11 years, no hurricane has touched Florida. This morning at 1:30 am, Hurricane Hermine made landfall between Cedar Key and Apalachicola with 80[...]

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Team Castle Climbing to New Heights!

We are very proud of our 6 team members who competed in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Climb event on Saturday.     Remember, No matter what, Castle has your back!    

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‘Tis the Season, Hurricane Season, That Is, Three at Once

      We are at the height of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, with three storms rolling through the Atlantic, and most likely one or two headed in our area within a week or so. This peak is  going to last until late October, and then, if we are lucky, it will quieten down for[...]

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Is Gaston Coming to Your Home?

Fiona looks like she has her heart set on visiting Bermuda, which is great news for the USA, if not for our friends on the tiny island. Shortly behind her is another disturbance which may strengthen into Gaston. Who know where he will go? Again, whether we take a direct hit or get lucky with[...]

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When Fiona Comes, Watch Out!

UPDATE 2 PM Formation chance is now at 90% We have been watching a disturbance come off the African coast and cross beneath the Cabo Verde Islands over the past few days. As of Tuesday morning the weather system is yet unnamed, but it should be named Fiona within the next 24 – 48 hours.[...]

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A Storm Off the Coast of Africa Reminds Us This IS the Heart of the Hurricane Season

                  The past few weeks have been pretty quiet except for Earl forming in the Caribbean and smashing into Belize, and Javier slamming into the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Of course historically, the busiest part of the Atlantic Hurricane  has been between August and[...]

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Our Reputation is our Strength!

We are in the strength business. It is critical that our aluminum shutters, folding, colonial, Bahama, rolling, panels, screens, as well as our impact laminated glass be strong. And they are. Every one of our impact products meet the strict Florida Building Code requirements. Even our non impact lines of colonial and Bahama shutters are[...]

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Javier Makes Landfall at Cabo San Lucas

As predicted, Javier came ashore at Cabo San Lucas with high winds and heavy rains, and is now moving up the Baja peninsula. We at Folding Shutter Corporation hope everyone is safe. If there are any residents of the region, please contact us for expedited hurricane protection systems. Not only do we offer priority to[...]

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Javier, Meet Earl

As of 11:00 am PDT Aug 5 2016… An area of cloudiness and disorganized thunderstorms is located Near the Gulf of Tehuantepec. This disturbance is expected To move west-northwestward and merge with the remnants of Atlantic Tropical Storm Earl, and an area of low pressure is forecast to form Near the southwestern coast of Mexico[...]

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If Earl Knocks, Be Ready

We have been spared much in the way of storms so far this 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. during the first 8 weeks we were still under the fading effects of last year’s El nino. Now, as most storm watchers had predicted, The El Nino is gone. We are already seeing a path of storms building[...]

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Making your Neighbors’ Homes Beautiful and Safe!

We are in the following neighborhoods this week. Look for our trucks! You can speak to our factory trained installers if you happen by one of our job sites. They are always ready to answer your questions. If you need more information, you can call or email us and one of our local project managers can[...]

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Calm Belies the Atlantic’s Long Treacherous Storm Season

If you have no protection, or are only missing a couple of openings. It is critical to make arrangements to protect EVERY opening! Even a small "protected" bathroom window can blow out. Note I said blow "OUT" because the smaller the window, the greater the negative, or sucking pressure is on the opening. A single bathroom window can reach pressures over 100 pounds per square foot, so a 2 x 2 foot window can have 500 pounds of pressure pushing out, and when it blows out, your house's "envelope" has been compromised, and the air comes in and lifts off your roof and then your entire home is destroyed. This can happen in a relatively mild Cat. 1 or Cat. 2 storm.

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The Best Windstorm Policies in Florida

A recent report on NPR’s Miami station WLRN mentioned that a large portion of today’s insurance companies that write windstorm protection were not here the last time a hurricane landed in Florida. Citizens has redirected over half of its policies to these new private companies that may or may not be solvent enough to take[...]

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Two Storms Behind

Even though tomorrow is the start of the official 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we have already had two named storms. One was a hurricane and one a tropical storm that made landfall over Memorial Day Weekend in the Carolinas! The experts are projecting at least 8 hurricanes this season. Be sure to be prepared: 1)[...]

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Ever Increasing Odds for a Florida Hurricane in 2016

Jon Erdman at Weather.com looks at the odds and the historical data to give us a sense of the likelihood of a hurricane making landfall in Florida. While it is not our intent to frighten anyone, an honest assessment of what 10 years without a hurricane helps us all to be prepared. Hurricanes do strike[...]

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Hurricanes Up Compared to Recent Years

A recent Palm Beach Post article corroborates the information coming from scientific here in the states regarding this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season: Meteorological Office Sees More Hurricanes The report calls for an increase in storms and named storms over a normal year. Note, we have had 3 years of less than average activity, so even though[...]

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The 2016 Colorado State Hurricane Season Projections are Out

A recent article in the Palm Beach Post tells us what to expect from this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season. We have already had a very unusual January hurricane this year, but the experts at Colorado State University are projecting a significant increase in storm activity compared with the last couple of years when we averaged 11[...]

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STOP YELLING!!!!!

The National Weather Service will stop using all caps its forecasts. Apparently the tradition of the TV weather man yelling and making it sound like the end of the world if it rains an inch has its roots in the 1800s teletype machine. The early key boards/printers of the old telegrams only had uppercase characters.[...]

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Peace of Mind, Here and Now!

The best team in South Florida, an on-site visit this week our factory trained professional teams, project managers drop by your home to answer any question you might have about your home's storm security

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Vinyl Impact Insulated Windows, Is It Worth It?

Window replacement is one of the best home remodeling projects in terms of investment return: on average, with quality vinyl windows, you can recoup most or all of the project cost in added home value, according to the “Remodeling Impact Report.”

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ALEX, THE JANUARY HURRICANE!

For the first time since 1978 we have a “pre-season” storm. In that year, the first storm came about two weeks early. This year we are over 6 months away and we have a full blown hurricane! After 11 calmer than usual storm seasons, especially for the U.S. mainland, it is easy to get complacent.[...]

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ARE YOU READY TO GAMBLE ON 2016 WEATHER?

The weather for 2015 was incredibly unpredictable. The country experienced very abnormal flooding (still happening now in 2016), tornadoes in December (in Texas and Midwest), snow and ice storms crippling the nation. El Nino could not prevent Hurricane Joaquin a Category 4 Hurricane that struck the Bahamas in October, something that has not happened to[...]

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HURRICANE POWER OUTAGE FOOD AND SUPPLIES

Now is the time to go to your local store and stock up on your family power outage supplies that you will need if a hurricane, tropical storm or just nasty weather knocks your power out. You don’t want to be running to the store to pickup these supplies when it is packed with other[...]

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