Most people believe that flooding is only caused by rising floodwater from storm surge, king tides, heavy rainfall, snowmelt, and other sources of run-off, but flooding can also occur from wind-driven rain. What is wind-driven rain? Well, it is quite self explanatory in the fact that it comes from a wind and rain combination that enters the property, especially in the case of a hurricane or hurricane force winds. Properties not only can be destroyed from the wind forces, but also from the flooding that is produced and may not be covered by your insurance.
Flood Risk America created the Wind-Driven Rain/ Hail Shield after they had a specific client who had hundreds and thousands of dollars worth of flood loss due to wind driven rain versus flooding from rising water that damaged the lobby of their property.
To create this flood protection they used a unique fabric that is made out of military grade material and will stop 98% of wind-driven rain. It is designed to withstand wind loads up to 170 miles per hour (durable polyester webbing, tensile strength for up to 35,000 LBS.).
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The wind-driven rain/hail protection also uses the same gasket found on the FRA Flood Panel, as well as an anchoring system to attach to the wall. Designed to withstand wind loads up to 170 mile per hour The durable Polyester webbing tensile strength is 35,000 pounds and can stop flying debris. Anchors are installed in an inconspicuous manner to not detract from the aesthetics of a client’s structure.
All anchors are corrosion-resistant and are protected from electrolysis. Industrial sewing is designed to withstand heat and high humidity Anchors are installed in the top and bottom of the opening. The screen attaches to these anchors via fixed loops on one side and buckles with straps in the middle. Carriage bolts or eyebolts are used to secure the screen to the anchor points. It has been designed to be compact for easy storage for our clients.
The gasket for the base of our FRA Wind-driven Rain Protection is closed cell sponge Neoprene/EPDM/SBR blend, which combines the best qualities of all three rubber elastomers which creates an excellent gasket material that can be used in many indoor and outdoor gasketing applications that require a temperature range of -40 °F to + 200 °F. Neoprene/EPDM/SBR closed cell sponge is resistant to ozone, sunlight, and oxidation. Style AG141B is UL-94-HF-1 listed and passes the flammability specifications of FMVSS-302. It is also UL157, UL50, UL508, UL48 and UL50E listed and is classified as “2A1” under ASTM D 1056-07.