Installing Impact-Resistant Windows

Project: Storm-Ready Housing, Episode 2, Part 2



Bob reviews progress on the container house, noticing the truss-roof system attached to the steel frame. Bill York and Rob Davis from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) explain how the roof is attached to the frame with welded bolts and hurricane straps. Once sheathed in plywood, this roof will withstand winds up to 140 miles per hour. The PGT WinGuard windows are also code-compliant and feature double-pane energy-efficient, and impact-resistant, glazing to keep the home's envelope intact. Also, in addition to visiting the historic neighborhoods of St. Petersburg, FL, Bob meets with Kelly Cafarelli of the Home Depot Foundation and Todd Pittman of Neighborworks to discuss their efforts to build affordable homes and sustainable neighborhoods, like this one, across the whole country.
Part 1: Securing the Roof Truss System
Part 2: Installing Impact-Resistant Windows
Window installation is underway. Bob talks with Stephen Hugh of Clearwater Window and Door Installation about membrane flashing applied to seal the joint between the steel frame and the steel skin that faces the exterior. Dave Olmstead of PGT Industries tells Bob about the wind- and impact-resistance of the PGT WinGuard window being installed.
Part 3: Historic Neighborhoods of St. Petersburg
Part 4: Revitalizing Bartlett Park
Bob Vila is in St. Petersburg, FL, learning how to create affordable, energy-efficient, storm-ready housing from recycled steel shipping containers. Bob and the team build a roomy, single-family home that improves this once-blighted neighborhood and creates opportunity for first-time homeownership.

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