Tecnoglass Subsidiary ES Windows, Along With Storm Shield, Launch StormArmour Sliding Door Protection Product
ES Windows, a subsidiary of Barranquilla, Colombia based architectural glass and aluminum products manufacturer Tecnoglass (NYSE: TGLS) together with Storm Shield Windows & Doors have developed a new product called StormArmour, that is expected to eliminate 99% of water intrusion from sliding doors during severe weather conditions such as hurricanes, torrential rains, and winds.
The StormArmour product, which fits as an attachment onto a sliding door, has been in development for several years and can be installed within minutes without the need for tools. Additionally, after having been thoroughly tested at different levels of hurricane simulations, StormArmour has proven to reduce the risk of water intrusion in any house or building by approximately 99%. StormArmour products will be priced in the range of $200 to $500 per unit and are expected to become available for purchase by the end of 2023. Tecnoglass will maintain exclusive distribution rights for StormArmour in the United States and several countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
According to Property Management Magazine, there are 14.6 million houses in coastal areas alone, and likely many million more in other areas that are at risk of flooding in the US. Based on this research, over 11,000 yearly home water damage claims totaling up to $20 billion USD are placed nationwide in the US.
The inventors believe this innovation in architectural glass systems will revolutionize the way homes are protected from extreme weather conditions, and reaffirms Tecnoglass’ commitment to R&D, new technologies, and to offering best-in-class solutions for the most complex projects that meet the most demanding international standards.
CEO José Manuel Daes offered: “We look forward to introducing the StormArmour product into the market by the end of 2023. We are proud to be the first and only company to make such a product available, helping to prevent major water damages while providing greater security for families.”
ES Windows says that it is also working with the US government to offer a benefit plan program designed to help individuals save on insurance costs for properties in Florida and other states that face destructive weather events. In conjunction with this program, for each StormArmour unit purchase, Tecnoglass has agreed to donate an additional device to government partners that will then distribute the devices to individuals in vulnerable areas who are prone to the risk of storm damage.
“Several years of rigorous research & development efforts resulted in the creation of StormArmour, a patented and one-of-a-kind lightweight, compact device that effectively diverts water and wind away from the track of the sliding glass door during severe weather,” said Samir Sabagh, Director of Design and Product Development for Tecnoglass and ES Windows.
“Currently, there are no practical methods to reduce water intrusion through sliding glass doors. Those that exist are difficult to install and/or hard to store. Through this alliance with Storm Shield, we seek to strengthen our architectural systems with more effective products that guarantee greater protection compared to what is currently available on the market. We plan to provide homeowners with doors and windows that easily incorporate StormArmour technology, preventing water from flooding into the sliding glass door weep holes while still allowing the sliding doors to open and close. This is something sandbags fail to accomplish and ensures double protection.”