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HurricaneFabric introduces AstroGuard fabric

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Jun '09
HURRICANE FABRIC's AstroFlex
HurricaneFabric.com, a leading manufacturer of hurricane protection, is proud to announce the release of its newest innovation AstroGuard.

AstroGuard, which is patent pending, is simply the lowest cost hurricane protection product certified for residential and commercial use in the High Wind High Velocity Hurricane Zones (HVHZ Approval #12573) such as Miami Dade County. Combined with the current climate of the world economy & HurricaneFabric.com's pursuit of constant innovation, the perfect storm has bred a product 30% stronger than its closest competitor at half the cost.

AstroGuard's is a resin coated Hybrid fabric which is a more expensive fabric to manufacture than traditional Polypropylene or geo-synthetic textile systems--but eliminates costly and unreliable sewing which other products need during the production process, so it can be delivered at a lower price point. AstroGuard is also less expensive than metal panels, which had been the lowest cost approved product for the past 16 years.

AstroGuard is a lightweight composite coated fabric. Weighing 0.5 lbs. per square yard, it provides a manageable alternative to traditional metal protection systems. For many homeowners, deploying traditional (heavier) metal or plywood hurricane shutters in the face of approaching hurricanes presents a dangerous challenge. Unfortunately, many injuries have occurred as people try to install these shutters independently. Even when homeowners are able to afford hired help for the installation, in many cases, as hurricanes approach this help can become impossible to find. Consequently, heavy and bulky protection systems often sit unused in storage, leaving some homeowners in unnecessary risk. Conversely AstroGuard, with its user friendly patent pending clip attachment system, is able to fold for easy storage, and install with relative ease.

Unlike its predecessors, AstroGuard is non-porous, eliminating the anxiety and aggravation caused by water damage that ensues during a storm; In fact, it is estimated that nearly 60 percent of the property claims paid by Florida's state-owned Citizens Property Insurance Corporation during the brutal 2004 hurricane season were a result of water damage.

In addition to its safety, economic and convenience features, AstroGuard is the most durable product in its class. As opposed to most fabric protection systems, which are greatly weakened by sunlight, AstroGuard is not. Due to the nature of this composite coated fabric, the system is highly UV resistant; thus, with minimal care, AstroGuard should provide a lifetime of protection.

As the global economy heals, and financial risks increase, more insurance companies are likely to follow the lead of Citizens Insurance, which now requires current policy holders living within wind born debris regions, to purchase hurricane protection. AstroGuard, priced lower than metal protection panel's, at approximately $5.99 per square foot installed, is certified as safe as any metal panel system, and will provide a high quality, low cost alternative during this time of need.


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