We’ve all heard details of the devastation caused by recent hurricanes. The damage to homes and businesses will result in billions of dollars in losses. But without strict building codes such as those in Florida, the damage would be even greater. The verdict on Florida’s building regulations was evident after Hurricane Irma ripped through the state in September. About 80 percent of homes in its path had been built after the state revamped construction codes as a result of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. This is according to a building-code survey conducted by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.
Officials learned from Hurricane Charley in 2004 that houses built after the mid-1990s better withstood the winds. https://www.orlandosentinel.com/classified/realestate/os-bz-florida-home-construction-20180319-story.html
At European Copper we work with clients in Florida and other hurricane-prone states. That’s why we take great pride in knowing our chimney pots are hurricane proof as verified in this signed and sealed letter from Joseph Smith, Laufer Energy Chair and Director of the Energy Research and Development Center, Missouri University of Science and Technology.
The King European Copper Chimney Pot was subjected to a high wind producing a 30 pounds per square foot force on the device. The report concludes: “The cap/shroud did not reduce the surface area by more than 10%, sustain sufficient damage to affect use, or damage the flue liner or disengage the cap/shroud from it”
It is my opinion that this test demonstrates that the Chimney Pot is able to withstand a high velocity hurricane force wind.”
This letter is in addition to our multiple U.L. approvals for hurricane force winds. To date, European Copper is still the ONLY hurricane proof chimney pots in the market.
Even though not all states will be subjected to winds of such intense forces, almost every area experiences some degree of wind. With a European Copper chimney cap you can be assured our product can withstand this sometimes formidable force of nature. Don’t take a chance with your home, make sure your chimney pots are up to the test.