The Protection Of Glass Flood Barriers

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All over the world there are all sorts of weather. There are also all sorts of people. Some will stay away from areas that are prone to natural disasters, while others, strong willed and defiant, wish to push the limits of what people can endure. Flooding affects many communities across North America, but with special care during development or building, it doesn't have to cause as much damage as people believe. Glass flood barriers, aluminum panels and other barrier methods have evolved out of the growing need for humans to live where ever they can.

Flooding has been a long time issue preventing people from living in otherwise appropriate locations or climates. When a new town or city is being planned in an area prone to flooding, a levee may be built around a dangerous river, using sloped hills to keep the water where people want it to go, rather than allowing it to invade property during peak flood times. Sandbagging is something people fall back on as levees begin to weaken or break and flooding itself is looming. People gather together in assembly lines filling bags with sand and lining them up along the areas with the most potential for water breaking through.

Levees, and even sandbagging, are preventative measures. There are other ways to protect property both residential and commercial. These require some last minute scrambling, at least in some cases. Automatic gates that can be rolled into place remotely help protect a business or property a person can't get to in difficult weather. It's also possible to have hinged floodgates installed that are closed over windows or other openings in a building. While both are permanent long-term solutions, they require something that glass flood barriers do not, and that's personal attention.

Glass barriers against flooding do not require personal attention during flood times but do come with some specific requirements. During building and installation, the glass for a glass flood barrier must match or exceed the government regulated standards for flood protection. To ensure that these have been met, insurance companies will ask for a flood certificate from the construction company. This certificate verifies with an approved signature of an engineer or architect that the proper codes have been met for installation of the glass system.

Glass flood barriers are designed to match a home's existing or future construction. They tend to look just like normal windows, with a lower half that is especially focused on flood damage prevention. The window as a whole can protect up to four feet of the property's height. Windows in the past have caused a lot of damage themselves as they shatter from the force of flooding waters. Glass systems that are meant as barriers to flooding are typically shatterproof flexible glass. With proper installation, they are permanent as well as attractive.

Besides being attractive, glass flood barriers are also practical and low maintenance. They don't require storage and don't include smaller parts that might get lost and will be needed at a crucial time. However, they do require maintenance of the sealant used to lock them in place. This seal or caulking is what prevents seepage of floodwaters onto the property. It must be kept free of mold and must not be torn, in order to continue to offer its full protection.

Many areas that are afflicted with floods also experience hurricanes. Hurricanes are another wet weather type that can cause damage to commercial and residential property. Thankfully, by choosing a glass barrier system, home and property owners get a form of dual protection. The thick and often flexible shatterproof glass offers hurricane rated security. What's important to note, however, is that a system of glass flood barriers does not protect entryways or other breaches in a building's flood defenses.

 

Whether its flooding or hurricane weather that is threatening a home, a town or a city, people find ways to survive and endure. Appropriate flood protection measures, like installing permanent glass flood barriers or building levees around a river that is known to flood, are signs of human resilience to nature. When life and limb are at risk, no cost is too great and no detail too small. It is more important in times of danger to be working towards protecting friends and family, than to have to worry about property. That's why flood barriers put people at ease as well as they do.

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