Storm Curtains Containing Honeywell Spectra® Fiber Now Certified to Withstand Category 5 Hurricanes

Storm-A-Rest™ panels protect windows and doors from up to 175 mph winds
Storm-A-Rest™ panels protect windows and doors from up to 175 mph winds

Hurricane-resistant storm curtains containing Honeywell Spectra® fiber have been certified under Florida building code to withstand winds of up to 175 mph, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane.

The roll-down curtains, called Storm-A-Rest™, are able to withstand hurricane-force winds and the impact of large, wind-borne projectiles because they contain Spectra fiber, which is most commonly used in bullet-resistant body armor.

"It's a testament to the strength of Honeywell's Spectra fiber that Storm-A-Rest curtains are now certified to withstand debris propelled by the most dangerous hurricanes," said Joe Gelo, global business director for Honeywell's Advanced Fibers and Composites business. "It's another example of how Spectra fiber can perform in the most demanding conditions."

Storm-A-Rest curtains are approved under Florida's building code for the High Velocity Hurricane Zone, which includes Dade and Broward counties. Miami-Dade County, which separately evaluates and approves building materials, has approved Storm-A-Rest for large and small missile impact protection. The curtains are also approved for Wind Zone 4 and the proposed Wind Zone 5, the area within one mile of Florida's nearly 1,200-mile coastline. It is estimated that 7.3 million homes are within the hurricane zone. Florida building code is the benchmark for hurricane-protection standards, and is mirrored by the International Code Council, the Institute for Business and Home Safety's "Fortified … for Safer Living®" program, and the Texas Department of Insurance. The curtains are manufactured and sold by North Carolina-based JHRG, LLC.

According to the National Weather Service, Category 5 hurricanes are the most destructive hurricanes. They are characterized by sustained winds greater than 155 mph, causing catastrophic damage to buildings, trees and power lines. Category 5 storms, on average, occur only once every three years. In 2005, two Category 5 storms - Katrina and Rita - devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The Storm-A-Rest curtains can be fastened to wood, brick or concrete surfaces, and are installed using standard fasteners that do not require special tools. Honeywell's Spectra fiber is extremely lightweight, which means the curtains weigh less than two ounces per square foot - about 75 percent less than corrugated aluminum panels. This makes them easy to maintain and store, and safer to handle and install than plywood and corrugated aluminum.

Pound for pound, Spectra fiber is 15 times stronger than steel. It is made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene using a patented gel-spinning process. The fiber exhibits high resistance to chemicals, water and ultraviolet light. It has excellent vibration damping, flex fatigue and internal fiber-friction characteristics. It also has up to 60 percent greater specific strength than aramid fiber.

For more information, visit Spectra fiber's website.

Storm-A-Rest is a trademark of JHRG, LLC