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How Does Hurricane Fabric Work?

Hurricane fabric is a high-strength, flexible barrier designed to protect buildings and structures from the destructive forces of hurricanes, including high winds and flying debris. Unlike traditional hard protection systems like metal shutters or plywood, hurricane fabric is made from a strong, synthetic material that can absorb impacts without breaking, significantly reducing the risk of damage. Here’s a closer look at how it works:

Impact Resistance

The fabric is designed to withstand impacts from flying debris, which is common during a hurricane. When debris hits the fabric, the material absorbs and disperses the energy of the impact over a wider area, reducing the likelihood of penetration.

Wind Resistance

The flexibility of the fabric allows it to endure strong, gusty winds without tearing. Its ability to stretch slightly and give under pressure prevents it from being ripped off its anchorage points, unlike more rigid systems that can fail under the same conditions.

Water Resistance

While primarily designed to combat wind and debris, many hurricane fabric products are also treated to repel water, offering some level of protection against rain-driven water intrusion.

Installation and Storage

Hurricane fabric is lightweight and can be quickly deployed when a storm is approaching. It is typically attached to the exterior of windows, doors, and other vulnerable areas using grommets, clips, or tracks. When not in use, it can be easily removed, rolled up, and stored, taking up far less space than traditional shutters.


Some types of hurricane fabric are semi-transparent, allowing natural light to enter the building even when the fabric is deployed. This feature can make the interior environment more comfortable and reduce the sense of confinement during a storm.

Durability and Maintenance

The synthetic materials used in hurricane fabrics are resistant to rot, mold, and ultraviolet (UV) light, making them durable and low maintenance compared to other protective measures that may require frequent replacement or repair.

Hurricane fabric has become a popular option for storm protection because of its effectiveness, ease of use, and minimal impact on the appearance of a building. It provides a practical solution for homeowners and businesses in hurricane-prone areas (guess who number one on the list is), offering significant protection without the need for permanent, bulky, or unsightly hardware.

Give us a call at (904) 822-8450 for a free estimate to find out how we can help you better protect your home from hurricanes, tropical storms and other wind and weather-related attacks from Mother Nature. ArmorGuard is a family-owned and operated business providing five-star service to Jacksonville area homeowners for over 40 years, and we’re here to serve you!