If you live in a coastal community that is prone to having hurricanes, you need to do what you can to protect your home and yourself. A good place to start is with your windows. Keeping the windows intact can prevent damage and flying glass hitting you or your family. Below are two different ways you can do this.
One of the best things you can do is to install storm shutters on your windows. They are very effective at protecting your home from high force winds, as well as any objects that may be flying around in the storms. Also, if your windows are broken during the hurricane, the wind that comes through the windows can cause high pressure inside of your home, which can tear off the entire roof.
Even if you know you will evacuate your home during each storm, if you have hurricane shutters you will have peace of mind knowing your home is protected.
Types of Storm Shutters
There are different types of storm shutters you can choose from, four of which are listed below.
- Accordion: Accordion shutters are louvered and hinged panels that are permanently mounted beside the window. They lock either on the side or in the middle. They are made of interlocking aluminum blades.
- Rolling: Rolling storm shutters have hinged louver panels that either roll down or up. Can be operated either automatically or manually. They are attached to the outside of the window. They are generally made of aluminum.
- Panels: Panels are made from polycarbonate composite, aluminum, or steel. A track is installed at the bottom and top of the exterior window. Install the panels by placing the panel first into the top track and then into the bottom track. Bolts are used to hold the panels in place. The panels are taken off when there is no threat of storm.
- Awning: Awning shutters are fastened to the exterior above the window. Can be opened manually or automatically to provide shade or folded down and fastened with a bolt when a hurricane is predicted.
Shatter Resistant Glass Film
Shatter resistant glass film is made of plastic and placed on glass on your windows. They do not offer as much protection as storm shutters. However, shatter resistant glass does work well if you have windows that are strangely shaped that wouldn't fit traditional windows. The film does offer you some protection, but only the glass is protected. The frame on your windows will still be under pressure, which may cause the window to give way.
If you choose to install shutters on your windows, you should hire a contractor, such as Active Hurricane & Security Protection, to install them for you. If not installed properly, they will not work well for you.