Hurricanes put your home at extreme risk for damage, especially the windows. High winds or flying debris can easily break through your windows, exposing your home to the elements and sending shards of broken glass into you home.
Here are some ways to help hurricane-proof your windows.
When it comes to hurricanes, the most important thing you can do is prepare for the worst so that you can protect your home and family. If you live in a hurricane prone area, you need to take the necessary steps to make sure that your home is equipped and prepared for these dangerous storms.
Ways to Reinforce your Windows Against Storms
Install Hurricane Grade Windows - You can purchase special hurricane grade windows that are designed to withstand the intense winds that accompany hurricanes and other big storms.
Keep in mind that since these windows are built much sturdier than a traditional window, they will cost you more money. That being said, they are well worth the investment since you don’t have any additional preparation to do when a hurricane hits.
Install Storm Shutters - Storm shutters are permanently attached to your home’s windows and can be deployed when necessary. When there is a threat of a storm, you need only pull the shutters down to protect the windows.
There are several different styles, colors, and materials that storm shutters can be made of. If you are unsure which type of storm shutter will work best for your home, you should consult with a professional before purchasing to make sure that you have the right coverage for your windows.
Storm shutters are one of the pricier options for hurricane-proofing your windows. However, if you live in an area where hurricanes are prevalent, it will be well worth the investment.
Plywood - Plywood is a sturdy way to protect your windows during a severe storm. Plywood can be screwed onto your windows before the storm to provide a solid, protective barrier.
You will need to make sure that the plywood overlaps the windows by at least 8 inches all around and that you use heavy duty screws to secure it.
If the plywood is undamaged after a storm, it can be stored away and used for the next hurricane. This is a cost-effective method of protecting your windows, but you will need to make sure you prepare well in advance, so you have time to get every window secured before the storm hits.
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