Floods are an all too common occurrence in the world and almost every continent has its areas which are prone to floods. Floods do not just ravage undeveloped villages and countries but threaten cities and homes all over the developed world too. In some areas flooding is a constant hazard during the rainy season, especially for dwellings built upon a flood plain. This is a global problem and glass flood shields have been developed to meet those needs.
While most cities in the developed world, which are built on flood plans, put up some sort of flood barrier, it is all too frequently ineffective in protecting private property from flood waters. Occasionally the city learns to their dismay that the cheapest barriers are completely ineffective and it is usually too late by then to salvage much. A new and rapidly growing industry is focused upon providing effective glass flood shields to municipalities as well as private homeowners and businesses.
A private dwelling usually is the most valuable item a family owns but the contents can be priceless photos and memorabilia which would be irreplaceable if damaged by flooding. While it is a logical step to erect barriers and protection if a home is built on a flood plain ever homes built in low risk areas can suffer damage due to the unexpected. Almost anyone who owns a home will tell you that their home is well worth protecting but they usually don't know how to begin.
There are new options in home flood protection but before delving into these it might be worthwhile to explain just why a flood is damaging. Unfortunately a person who has never witnessed a flood in all its primal fury may have the perception that flood damage results from just excessively high water. While water damage does constitute a large part of the damage done there potential is much greater.
Perhaps the most vivid imagery possible to explain a flood to someone who has not experienced it is to picture a tremendous log, a tree trunk uprooted by raging water bobbing along in the flood. This log heads directly for a house and while the flood water is there already this huge log strikes the house shattering windows, breaking down the door. Eventually the log's force is spent and it lodges there holding the door open the damage already accomplished.
Flood protection for the home often is either mobile or permanent. Both of these types of barriers have advantages to them but they both carry some disadvantages and which is preferable is up to the homeowner. The permanent barriers are designed to blend into the house they are permanent fixtures that may resemble a glass front or aluminum siding but area strong enough to resist damage from most types of flood damage. The disadvantage to this type of barrier is its expense as they are custom made and fitted to the home.
Free standing barriers are mobile barriers and the greatest advantage to these types of protection is that they can be moved easily to any location and stored out of sight when not needed. The most distinct disadvantage to this type of protection is that sudden storms could leave the owner trudging through blinding rain to try and set up the barriers before the flood hits. They are usually less expensive to purchase and lightweight so they are easy to carry.