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Can I get hurricane impact-rated windows for a mobile-manufactured home?
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Mobile homes constructed to be installed in Wind Zone 3 or Exposure D are rated to withstand high winds. Wind Zone 3 is located in the lower third of Florida, where the most severe hurricanes come ashore, and Exposure D (also called “D-Sticker”) is the category for any home installed within 1500 feet of the coastline all around the state—an even more dangerous area in a hurricane.
Both of them are required to have upgraded windows rated for a higher wind resistance than Zones 1 or 2. But HUD does not require the homes for the top two zones to have any impact-resistance rating. One manufacturer we called today says they will install impacted-rated windows in a new mobile home if special-ordered, but warned that they are very expensive. An alternative would be to add hurricane-rated shutters to the window openings after the home is installed.
To learn more about Wind Zones and hurricanes, see our blog post What is a Wind Zone 3 mobile home? and What year were mobile homes required to become more storm resistant? and What are the tie-down requirements for a mobile home? and What happens when a mobile home foundation fails in a hurricane?
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