The day after Hurricane Matthew moved through Charleston, I returned to the Lowcountry happy to find everything at my home intact and safe. Thankfully Charleston did very well during the storm considering the circumstances.
Once I did a thorough inspection of our home I was anxious to hit the streets and check out the rest of the Charleston Peninsula. This was still early enough where a majority of the folks were still evacuated and I was curious to see what the streetscape would look like without all of the people and with rows of boarded up buildings.
It was definitely eerie seeing King Street so quiet and lonely and a bit fascinating to see all of the boarded up storefronts. In a ways it reminded me of one of the sets from my favorite show The Walking Dead.
But there was something else going on. Although many folks boarded up their windows in preparation for the storm, there were a large number of storefronts that were being protected by..........................
However antiquated it may be, the art of taping windows prior to a storm is still alive and well in Charleston, South Carolina. In fact it is flourishing. I would guess about 1 in every 5 stores on King Street had some sort of tape job in place to protect against Matthew.
It was everywhere.
But does it actually work?
I suppose there is a hair of science that would suggest that putting tape on windows could provide a hint of protection. At the very least the crossing tape is an effective way to ward off evil spirits and vampires.
And I kept seeing it as I rode down King Street. I became very intrigued by this art as I noticed that there was a wide variety of techniques. Some were more simple and minimal and others seemed to really get into it and were poised to use the entire roll of tape.
So I decided to have some fun and give out awards for the Best Tape Jobs.
I present to you the:
First Annual Buildings Are Cool Window Tape Job Awards
(Now accepting recommendations for a better name)
The Award for "Most Bro-ing Out Tape Job"
Bro #1: "Hey bro......boss man says we need to put some tape on them windows. I'll do the flat ones..you do that roundy one."
Bro #2: "Dude........"
The Award for "Least Ambitious Tape Job"
Or perhaps this is the most ambitious? I mean that must be some strong-ass tape!
This one was so sad it was funny. I thought that the title of this award could have also been, "Really!"
The "Most Likely to Communicate with an Alien Race Tape Job Award"
I see it...do you? I have always imagined that Puff Daddy lives in this house.
The Award for "Sexiest Tape Job"
This was going to be called the most aesthetically pleasing tape job but wheres the fun in that? I just like how the color and the pattern seems to be a fitting compliment for the brand. Great colors, symmetry...it just works. Well done staff of Tease Blow Dry Bar!
2nd Place Sexiest Tape Job goes to Republic. The blue is a nice compliment and I like the creativity of working with the door. And an A-plus for picking up on the symmetry.
The Award for "The Tape Job That May Actually Work"
Well done employees of Channels. I'm a believer.
The Award for "Tape Job That Will Really Work"
As a licensed architect I really can't recommend anyone try to protect there property through the use of tape. It would be similar to a doctor recommending that you "rub some dirt on it!"
The best way to protect your property is to install code compliant hurricane impact rated windows and doors or to protect your openings with code compliant barriers. There are many different types of code compliant barriers with plywood being the most typical. There is also a Hurricane Fabric material that is available.
I hope you have enjoyed this cheeky post. Who said a blog can't be fun?