Viwinco Windows Part of Hurricane Resistance Gold Designation Honor

OceanView hurricane windows used in FORTIFIED for Existing Homes™ program

Fortified Home in North Carolina with Viwinco WindowsMORGANTOWN, PA (August 10, 2011)— As forecasters predict an “above average” hurricane season, Viwinco is proud to be a part of North Carolina’s first house awarded the FORTIFIED for Existing Homes™ Hurricane Resistance Gold Designation by the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).

Viwinco OceanView impact-resistant casement windows were selected for the Surf City, N.C., home that recently received the state’s first gold rating. OceanView windows are hurricane-rated and meet a structural wind speed rating of 171.2 mph and can withstand flying debris such as 2x4s up to 50 feet per second. To receive the gold designation, the home had to meet additional criteria involving its wall system, roof and other structural requirements.

FORTIFIED for Existing Homes was launched last year to help strengthen existing homes through retrofit techniques that will ward off damage from specific natural hazards including hurricanes, according to the IBHS website.

“I initially selected Viwinco for this project because I needed an affordable impact-rated window but it has been Viwinco’s quality, customer service and performance that have won my continued use for all future fortified projects,” says Tom Dugan, president of DEI Building Solutions.

Homes that achieve IBHS' FORTIFIED for Existing Homes designation may qualify for lower insurance rates depending on the individual insurance company. The Surf City home qualifies for incentives available in North Carolina's 18 coastal counties that are part of a rate filing by the North Carolina Rate Bureau and approved by the North Carolina Department of Insurance in 2010.

For more information on Viwinco, interested parties can call 610-286-8884.