It is hurricane season again in Florida; experts are predicting that 2017 will be an especially busy season due to weak El Niño conditions. And during a hurricane, any object can be swept up by the wind and thrown against your house. These objects become projectiles, essentially missiles, aimed at your home. If they hit a window, door or skylight, they will likely break, and can then cause significant damage inside your home. In order to better protect your home, it is important that you cover your windows. Here are four types of storm window covers that you should consider. Each type of cover has pros and cons.
People in hurricane zones will often board up their windows with plywood in the event of a severe storm warning. Some people think that they are saving money by choosing oriented-strand board (OSB) material to cover their windows, but it won’t withstand objects being thrown at 34 mph. Plywood that is 5/8” thick can protect windows in a hurricane, but is pretty heavy to carry to second floor windows.
Another option for protecting windows during a hurricane is resin-treated ballistic nylon, which is strong enough to prevent objects from entering the house, but won’t keep the window from breaking. The nylon is held onto buildings using a bracket system that stays in place year-round. Even though the nylon fabric does not prevent the window from breaking, it will keep objects out of the building, making it acceptable to meet building codes in many jurisdictions.
Metal storm shutters are permanently mounted to the house. Some shutters require that you lock them before a storm by mounting a ladder but others can be shuttered from the inside or using a remote control. If an object collides with the shutter in the center, the shutters will bend inward, the window will crack and break upon impact.
An insulated, impact-resistant glass window is called a passive system because you don’t have to do anything once it’s installed. The outside layer of glass is actually two layers of glass with a flexible membrane in the center. This is the secret to why impact resistant glass will not shatter when hit. The glass may break but it won’t break apart or get a hole in it.
Protecting your home or business from flying debris by covering your windows with secure material or storm window system will give help reduce the risk of substantial loss in the event of a hurricane. Lanier Upshaw provides important information on hurricane emergency preparedness to help you protect yourself, your loved ones and your property. If you would like more information on how Lanier Upshaw can help you be prepared for a hurricane or other disaster, contact us here.