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Galveston Homes Withstand Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike's onslaught of the Galveston area was so intense that most homes in the storm's path were severely damaged, if not completely destroyed, by its 115 mph winds. Notable exceptions were a pair of beachfront houses that emerged intact, with the aid of K-Force impact certified windows and doors from Kolbe.

With three stories and an average of 45 windows and 15 doors apiece, these multi-million dollar homes, which were still under construction, would seem to be tempting hurricane targets. "These houses were on the very front line of the hurricane, right on Galveston Beach, but the structures and the windows and doors beat the storm," said Bob Petersma, Houston area sales manager for Grand Openings, a multi-state distributor of Kolbe products.

"The builder, American Villas, had a chance to see the properties right after the storm, and told us how impressed and pleased they were at how Kolbe's K-Force windows and doors withstood Ike," added Petersma.

All the windows and doors installed in the Galveston Beach homes are from Kolbe's Ultra Series, which features traditional styling, wood interiors, and extruded aluminum cladding. The builder included a mix of casements, Sterling double hungs and outswing doors in standard sizes, with optional divided lites and impact performance modifications.

Kolbe's impact products feature laminated glass, which is designed to stay intact even if the glass is broken. A specialized glazing retention system further ensures the unit will hold the glass securely in place. K-Force window and door units are independently tested to withstand hurricane force winds and the impact of flying debris, and will meet or exceed the strict building codes of the coastal region.

  • Impact windows and doors meet or exceed U.S. Hurricane Building Standards
  • American Villas, builder
  • Grand Openings, Kolbe window & door dealer

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