Hurricane Protection for your Condominium Community
Southwest Florida boasts some of the most beautiful condominium communities in the country. Luxurious high rises dot the coastline, senior living communities provide a safe home for snowbirds, and golf communities are any avid player’s dream. Although the Florida sun shines most days, it’s important to protect your condo community when the weather gets rough.
In order to really protect your home from hurricane damage, all windows, doors, and slider door must have hurricane protection. If these openings are not protected, wind may damage the structure of the building or rain may enter the building and cause expensive repairs.
If your condominium community wants to expand their protection to all openings with hurricane shutters and hurricane glass, it requires a majority opinion from voting interests of the condominium. In the case of the association holding the responsibility, only a board approval would be required for adding more hurricane protection. Withstanding a specific clause within the homeowner’s association agreement, the board cannot refuse the installation of hurricane windows or shutters after the associate votes for approval.
Once the board approves, the association can install hurricane shutters, impact glass, code-compliant windows or doors, or other types of code-compliant protection. If the community already complies with or exceeds the building codes, further protection can only be added by a majority vote. Prior to this voting process, homeowners usually discuss different styling and pricing options.
After code-compliant window protection is installed, refer to your specific homeowner’s association agreement to determine if maintenance is the responsibility of the collective homeowner’s association, or the the individual homeowner.
How do I get hurricane protection in my community?
The first thing to do is walk around your condominium community to determine if all windows and doors are adequately protected. Remember, to check exterior doors and sliding door because it is essential they are protected. If your findings are not satisfactory, or if you want to add another level of protection with hurricane shutters or reinforced windows, contact your community association for a copy of the by-laws.
The by-laws will explain the specific voting approval process and the party responsible for upgrade payments. From there, it will be a matter of budgeting, exploring protection options, and convincing your community the added safety will protect your livelihoods and your investments.
Lobby your fellow homeowners, and on voting day, encourage everyone to show up and cast their vote. If you attain a majority, the board can’t say no.
If you’re ready to take the next step, contact (Storm Solutions?) your local home shutter supplier to explore your protection options.