How to Protect Windows From Storm Damage


Protecting windows from the storm damage caused by flying debris or high winds is an important step homeowners should take to keep their family and home safe during hurricane season. Hurricane shutters can help to safeguard your home against damage, broken glass, and other storm-related emergencies.



Homeowners have several options for protecting windows before a hurricane or strong storm system impacts their area. Being prepared before a storm strikes can save you money in the long run, and provide your family with safety and an invaluable peace of mind.


Hurricane Fabric

Hurricane fabric, as the name suggests, is a flexible fabric that resembles the material used in trampolines. And much like a trampoline, the fabric works by bouncing debris away from windows on impact (though be vigilant – it might bounce into your vehicle or a neighbor’s property). However, larger debris can still rip through the fabric.


Homeowners can benefit from its low cost and ability to be temporarily installed and stored, as needed. Some homeowners even opt to keep the fabric, which offers good visibility, installed year-round.


Types of Hurricane Shutters

Compared to DIY window coverings and screens, hurricane shutters are an effective, long-term solution to mitigate storm damage. They come in a variety of styles and types, including:


Accordion hurricane shutters

Accordion hurricane shutters are the least expensive option for homeowners in need of hurricane window protection, though they lack the curb appeal of other options. While safety should be the first consideration, it’s worth remembering most shutters will be installed permanently on a home and your local shutter installation company can help with this.



Colonial hurricane shutters

These hurricane shutters are more decorative and less bulky than the accordion variety. They are made of two pieces that fold together over the window, providing more natural and attractive protection than accordion shutters.


Bahama hurricane shutters

Bahama shutters are single-piece, awning-like hurricane shutters that hang over your windows. Homeowners can also benefit from the shade they provide on a day-to-day basis, making them multi-functional.


Roll-down hurricane shutters

The most effective option for homeowners, these shutters are stored in a small rectangular box installed above your home’s windows and rolled down as needed. They can also be used for exterior doors featuring glass, like sliding patio doors, and are typically made of metal or durable plastic. While both automatic and manual options are available, keep in mind that if your home loses power, automatic features may not function.

While hurricane shutters can be costly, they might be worth the investment if you live in a hurricane-prone region.



ALLUMINUM PANELS

The most cost effective hurricane protection for you home. Meets Class A insurance requirements for lowered premiums. Lightweight and easy to handle, no more heavy sheets of ply! Panels stack neatly and tight for easy storage.


HURRICANE FABRIC PANELS

These category 5 rated hurricane fabric screen panels is made from a thick polypropylene designed specifically for hurricane protection. Using Tenara thread which is warranted to last the life of the fabric without deterioration. The optional slide on brackets allow for quick deployment before a storm and easy removal after the storm passes. It can easily cover lanai openings allowing for pool and outdoor furniture to be protected without having to drag it into the house. With a10 year Warranty it far outlasts any other product on the market.


Next Steps

Remember, storm preparation starts long before your home is in the path of a hurricane storm system. Getting an early, off-season start can help you save money and avoid timely waits. Other home improvement projects to look into ahead of hurricane season are:


  • Impact-resistant windows

  • Hurricane siding

  • Roof preparation

  • Gutter guard installations

If you believe your home or windows have already undergone storm damage, learn how to detect and repair the damage before it’s too late.


Speak with the pros at Ez Up Shutters today to get connected with a trusted window contractor in your area to install hurricane shutters, glass, or other features to protect your home and family from storm damage.



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