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Portadam Inc. touts its flood control products as easier to install than sandbags and other
labor-intensive products. The barrier systems are built and then stored near where they
would be needed in an emergency. Photo: Portadam Inc.

While McTigue says potential customers
are more aware these days of the increasing
possibility of flooding, it can be tough to sell
systems to places that have not already had
problems, even if an ounce of prevention
may be worth a pound of cure. "More times
than not they have already experienced
some level of flooding before they call
us," he says. "It's the old adage, 'It's not
a problem until it's a problem.'"

HURRICANE RESISTANCE
Brian Trecek, one of the owners of Naples
Shutter in Naples, Fla., says older residents
of the community face a problem when
it comes to hurricane shutters-metal
panels are too difficult for them to deploy
in a hurry, and roll-down systems are too
expensive. The solution? Fabric.
"We sell AstroGuard Hurricane Fabric,"
Trecek says. "It's a meshed nylon that has
a coated resin over the top that allows it to
be rated for 200 mph hurricane protection.
The majority of the people in Naples are
over 65, and this is by far the easiest
system to deploy.

"If you have to go out with a hurricane
bearing down on you and try to get metal
panels up, it's crazy," he says. "It's just too
hard to do."
The flexibility of fabric also makes
a difference if debris is flying into the
cover, according to Trecek. "It's like a
trampoline-it just keeps bouncing back.
Otherwise, if something breaks through
and the wind gets in, you risk the roof of
the house coming right off."
Some fabric shutters are made with
polypropylene, which is strong enough in
a hurricane, but if left out will be weakened
by sun exposure, he says. AstroGuard's resin
coating protects it against UV damage.
While the wrath of Mother Nature has
the potential to wreak havoc on existing
structures, fabric is one solution that
stands ready to weather the storm.

Fabric Solutions.
Inspected. Tested.

Qualified for your
Peace of Mind

Jeff Moravec is a freelance writer
from Minneapolis, Minn.

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