“We learn from each natural disaster. Whether it’s a fire, hurricane or a flood, we learn something from it so we can respond to the next one better.”
“Have you seen the news?” Ziad Kazan, General Manager of Meridian Caribbean, rotates the screen on his desk so that I can take a read of recent meteorological reports.
“Early predictions for 2018 reveal that there is an extremely high probability of an above-normal hurricane season with greater activity and intensity than that in 2017,” I read incredulously.
Specialists have described the 2017 season as one of the most destructive, intense and active on record, with peak winds exceeding 185 mph and with tragic and devastating losses felt throughout the region. It is difficult to fathom the impact of a busier season.
“Tragically, most people underestimate the risk and gravity of severe events,” says Kazan. “If there is anything that 2017 has taught us, it is that we have to be proactive.”
Kazan is passionate about the weather and has devoted his work to providing cost-effective, high quality, customizable solutions to safeguard homes.
The structural integrity of areas that provide a bridge between the internal and external environment of a home is of the utmost priority during a storm. Windows and doors are extremely vulnerable to wind and water damage— if they are compromised, homeowners stand to experience major losses to their interiors and belongings.
Un-plasticized polyvinyl chloride or uPVC windows and doors are the best choice for hurricane-proofing. uPVC is an excellent material because it is resistant to climatic changes— it is both rigid and weatherproof, and because it is wrapped around a core made up of galvanized steel and/or Aluminium, its strength and firmness are further reinforced. These advantages also make it an excellent insulator, fire retardant and safeguard against intrusion.
Meridian Caribbean specializes in design, manufacture, installation and service of precision-engineered, 100% customised uPVC windows and doors. It is the primary uPVC producer in Barbados and offers a variety of standard products including Single Hung Sash Windows, Slider Windows and Rehau Hurricane Ready Reinforced Windows. Meridian windows are reinforced with aluminium in the meeting rail, sashes and frames which prevents some flying object from breaking any part of windows. Standard film covering, on the other hand, does not protect homes from flying debris. The multiple chamber, 3 ¼” thick frame, gives the window extra rigidity to stay strong. The doors at Meridian Caribbean are also available in an extensive variety of styles and are extremely tasteful, durable and energy efficient.
The team at Meridian is always on the quest for new ways to innovate; it is no wonder that they received the coveted awards of Small Business of the Year for 2017 as well the Manufacturer of the year, 2017.
“We are able to provide a variety of bespoke solutions to fit our customers’ aesthetic tastes and lifestyles,” explains Kazan. “There is no need to make a compromise between the beauty of your home and the integrity of your windows and doors.”
Kazan takes me for a tour of the facility— a state of the art purpose built factory with advanced machinery and production techniques to ensure optimal quality. The welding process is particularly fascinating— it is so precise that the frame is fused into a single structure so that water is unable to pass through the joints. The strength of the products also makes them resistant to breakage, corrosion and the effects of the wind, salt and sun.
“It’s impossible to fully predict the severity of high winds, rains and debris; however, it’s important that we prepare ourselves for the worst,” says Kazan. “It is no longer a luxury to install the strongest and most disaster resilient infrastructure to mitigate the impact of storms and hurricanes— it is a necessity.”
The article is taken from the March 2018 Issue of Construction Caribbean Magazine