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Our home sits north of Destin, Florida on the Choctawhatchee Bay



MANUFACTURER: HURRICANE FABRIC.com
CONTRACTOR: PROPERTY OWNERS JOE AND JUDY ROTOLO
SUBSTRATE: BRICK
SUBSTRATE CONDITION: OLD CHICAGO BRICK - THE BRICK IS OVER A HUNDRED YEARS OLD
SIZE: 1,100 SQ. FT.
UNUSUAL FACTORS: SECURING THE FASTENERS INTO THE OLD CHICAGO BRICK

Our home sits north of Destin, Florida on the Choctawhatchee Bay. It was built in 1992 as a wood structure cladded with vinyl siding. In 2008, we installed Old Chicago Brick, which is over 100 years old, over the existing structure. We have a porch lanai that is approximately 70' x 15'.
Being directly on the bay, we were concerned about Hurricane force winds entering the lanai and uplifting the roof. We searched many options to protect the porch. We did not want to put up plywood or aluminum panels. We found Hurricane Fabric.com and read how it had held up to Hurricane force winds. Mr. Gorman and his staff worked hand & hand with us on how to measure the fabric & deciding what kind of fasteners to use to attach the fabric to the brick.

After Mr. Gorman's recommendations, we ordered the material, along with the fasteners & clips. The fabric came very quickly. We were impressed on how light the fabric was & that we were able to install it by ourselves. One of the pieces was 20 feet in length, but was still easy to install. Per Mr. Gorman's recommendation, we attached the fabric clips, which were easy to attach to the fabric, approximately 9 to 12 inches apart so that we could secure it to the bricks. The idea of the patented clips was one of the selling points to us. We had talked to a couple of folks that had used a fabric material with grommets that had failed due to the grommet pulling away from the material. We drilled holes in the bricks (not in the mortar joints) and then screwed in Sammy Tapcons. Secured the fabric clips to the tapcons with stainless steel screws supplied by Hurricane Fabric.com and in no time had the fabric installed.

Fortunately, we have not experienced a hurricane to see how the fabric works. We have left the fabric up until hurricane season is over. Living on the bay, when there is a storm blowing with rain, the winds can still be strong. We are able to sit on the porch and not feel the rain or wind. Even on those sunny beautiful days, we are able to sit on our back porch and still see the beautiful view here through the hurricane fabric. The screen also protects the porch from the hot sun.

Even though Hurricane Season has not ended, we have decided to roll the fabric, in some areas of the porch, to the top of the openings and secure them with Velcro. After the season is over with, we plan to take the fabric down and easily store the material in the nylon bags that were supplied by Hurricane Fabric.com. We are amazed with this Fabric & would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to protect their property.

Thank you Hurricane Fabric. Com for everything and making us feel safe.
Testimonial By: Robert Brenner MD

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