Astroguard Hurricane Fabric is a patented resin-coated fabric that provides Category 5 level protection from hurricane force winds and rain and prevents rapid pressurization - the leading cause of roof lift-off and catastrophic damage. Our Astroguard Hurricane Fabric is extremely lightweight and can easily be stored in the garage when not in use.
Astroguard Hurricane Fabric is:
- Dade County, Florida Approved
- Florida Building Code Approved
- International Building Code Compliant
- Texas Department of Insurance Approved
- High Velocity Hurricane Zone Approved
- "A" rated Insurance Approved
Clips are included with all Astroguard orders! Our engineers will determine the amount of clips needed and the appropriate spacing required based on the dimensions and zip code where the Astroguard will be installed.
How to Measure:
Measuring for your Astroguard Hurricane Fabric Panels is relatively easy, however, it is extremely important for proper installation. Hurricane Fabric is designed and engineered to be anchored top and bottom or side to side. It is generally recommended to anchor the Fabric on the longest sides of your opening. This will result in the fabric stretching across the shorter of the two dimensions which will result in the fewest number of anchors required. Additional supplemental anchors can be used to prevent sagging or billowing.
When measuring, the first thing to consider is the type of construction: Concrete or Wood Frame. In both types, you will measure the width and height of the opening, then add the appropriate overlap depending on the type of construction (See below). When measuring doors or sliding glass doors that are flush to the floor, place the tape on the floor, measure to the top of the opening, and add the appropriate overlap (see below).
In Concrete or Masonry construction you will overlap both sides and top & bottom by 4 inches. This overlap should result in the anchor being placed in the middle of the “poured cell” (the hollow area in the concrete block which has rebar and is filled with concrete during construction) which surrounds the sides of each opening. Top and bottom of masonry openings will have poured or precast Lintels and Sills. Additionally, the 4” overlap will also place the anchor hole far enough from the edge of the block to avoid cracking or fracturing the corners of the block or lintel. If a window has a protruding bottom sill, you may either terminate the Fabric at the sill or overlap the sill. If you are placing anchors below the sill, overlap 4” to allow the Clip to lay flat on the wall surface.
For example, a 36" wide by 48" high window surrounded by concrete would require a piece of Astroguard Hurricane Fabric 44" wide (36" + 4" + 4") by 56" high (48" + 4" + 4").
In Wood Frame construction you will overlap both sides and top & bottom by 1 inch. This overlap will result in the anchor being placed in one of the two frame members (2x4 or 2x6) that surround each side (commonly referred to as the “Jack” and “King” studs). Typical wood frame construction will have a pair of 2x6 timbers on the horizontal top and a pair of 2x4 timbers on the horizontal bottom. Many people have concerns over trim boards surrounding the opening. These are most often 1x4 boards, with a thickness of ¾”. The anchors will be sized accordingly, to go through the trim board, the siding and still have proper embedment in the structural timber.
For example, a 36" wide by 48" high window surrounded by wood frame would require a piece of Astroguard Hurricane Fabric 38" wide (36" + 1" + 1") by 50" high (48" + 1" + 1").
Brick homes are most often brick over wood frame. This construction incorporates an air space (vapor barrier) between the back face of the brick and the plywood siding of the house. Since the brick is not a structural element, the anchors must go through the brick and have proper embedment in the timber frame members. Measuring is generally the same as for wood frame homes (adding 1 inch to all sides) with the major difference being the length of anchor bolt needed to secure the hurricane panels. Our anchors are available in a variety of lengths to accommodate “real” brick as well as brick veneers.