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Protecting Your Windows During Storm Season

Protecting your windows during Florida’s storm season is crucial due to the high risk of hurricanes and severe storms. There are several options available, each with its own advantages and considerations. Let’s go over some of the ways you can protect your home and windows.

Storm shutters are one of the most popular choices for storm protection. They come in various types, including roll-down shutters, accordion shutters, Bahama shutters, and colonial shutters. They’re durable and can be made to fit any window size. Some are permanent fixtures, while others can be deployed only when needed. 

These pair well with impact-resistant windows: These are specially designed to withstand the impact of debris flung by high winds. They look like regular windows but have a strong frame and are made with impact-resistant glass. They are more expensive but offer the convenience of not needing to be put up or taken down each storm season. 

Some homeowners choose to utilize high-impact films. These are thin, transparent films that can be applied to your existing windows. While they can prevent glass from shattering, they are not as effective in protecting against strong winds and large debris.

Storm panels are another buffer against severe weather. Storm panels are made from steel, aluminum, or polycarbonate and are attached to the outside of windows before a storm. They’re more affordable than roll-down shutters but require storage space and labor to install and remove.

Fabric storm panels are made of a strong, high-tech fabric. These panels are lightweight and easier to handle and store than metal panels. They’re designed to absorb the impact of flying debris, further reducing damage to your windows. 

People also use plywood covers. This is a more affordable option where you manually install plywood boards over your windows before a storm. It’s labor-intensive and not as effective as other options, but it’s a popular choice for temporary protection during a specific storm threat.

Each option has its benefits and drawbacks in terms of cost, aesthetics, ease of installation, and level of protection. The choice depends on your specific needs, budget, and the severity of storms in your area. 

Additionally, it’s important to consider local building codes and insurance requirements when selecting storm protection for your home. If you have questions about which options are best for you and your home, reach out today and we can help you figure it out. 

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