During a hurricane, one of the first things you’ll want to do is take adequate measures to protect your home, which usually means reinforcing weak spots. Since your windows are among the most vulnerable components of your home, securing them is a necessary part of hurricane prep; but how do you secure them properly? There are a number of ways, some more effective than others.
Plywood is a cheap and popular option for covering your windows. If you’re going to go this route, be sure to choose plywood sheets that are at least 5/8 inches thick. Measure the perimeter of all your windows, cut the plywood so it extends 8 inches past the window in every direction, and then secure them with bolts, screws, or window clips every 12 inches.
It is important to note, however, that while this method is affordable, plywood is not up to code in many areas.
Hurricane film is a transparent plastic that you can leave in place year-round. Measure the perimeter of your windowpanes, and buy enough film to cover each windowpane entirely. When installing hurricane film, all you have to do is peel the film off its backing and stick it slowly to your windowpanes.
Hurricane film does not prevent your window frame from blowing off, and it might not even prevent your window from breaking, but it should protect you from glass shards blowing into your home.
Storm shutters, or panels, are available in aluminum, steel, or reinforced plastic. Plastic is more expensive, since it will also let in light, rather than leaving you in darkness if a hurricane cuts out your power. There are a variety of shutter styles to choose from, including roll-down shutters, accordion shutters, awning shutters, Bahama shutters, and more.
Keep in mind that heavier storm shutters are nearly impossible to install by yourself, since the process can be tedious. When being utilized, they require you to go outside and fasten and secure the shutter, and can come unlatched if not properly secured.
While a more costly option, hurricane impact windows are one of the top ways to secure your home during a storm, since they provide 24/7 protection that doesn’t require your presence to secure. They also provide natural light during a storm power outage, and unlike many of the other options, they save you money on insurance premiums.
The Most Effective Solution
At Storm Tight Windows of Texas, we provide homeowners with laminated Hurricane Impact windows that exceed even the most stringent requirements for hurricane zones – including those set forth by Miami-Dade, the strictest in the country. They can withstand debris impact and winds of up to 180 mph, and because they are laminated, even if they’re struck by flying debris and a layer of glass breaks, the debris still won’t penetrate.
To learn more about having our hurricane-impact windows installed, contact Storm Tight Windows of Texas today.