Tips to Avoid Hurricane Damage

Hurricane season comes every year, and when it does, you need to be ready to protect your home from the damage a hurricane can do. Much of the damage is done to glass by flying debris—particularly to windows and glass doors. Fortunately, there is some hurricane prep you can do to help prevent some of the damage.

Here are some tips on how to prevent hurricane damage.

Plywood

One common and cost-effective temporary hurricane prep tool is plywood. This is available in different sizes, but one of the most common is 4-feet-by-8-feet sheets of ⅝-inch-thick plywood. Installing plywood sheets can help prevent hurricane damage to your windows and doors, but it is also time-consuming. You’ll need to install them before the major storm hits, as you don’t want to be putting them on when the wind and rain are already starting to build up.

Impact windows and doors

One of the best things you can do to help prevent hurricane damage is to install impact windows and impact doors. This is also referred to as hurricane glass. This special glass is made specifically to protect against damage from hurricanes, including the weather and debris that may strike your home.

Hurricane glass is often ⅜-inch thick, making it strong enough to withstand more impact power than regular glass. It’s also coated with a film similar to the type of film on car windshields, which means that if it does get cracked or shattered, it will stay in the frame and not spray glass everywhere.

This type of glass can be installed on windows or glass patio doors. It is a good alternative to having to board up your home with plywood every time a storm is coming. If you have impact doors or impact windows installed, you do not need to do as much hurricane prep to protect your home.

These types of windows and doors will also reduce the amount of noise you hear from outside, and their thickness and coating will help protect against break-ins and harmful UV rays. Installing hurricane glass in your home may also help you qualify for a discount on your insurance.

Shutters

Another way to protect your windows during a hurricane is by installing strong, durable shutters on the outside of them. Three common types of shutters are accordion shutters, Bahama shutters and colonial shutters.

Accordion shutters are retractable aluminum shutters that unfold like an accordion when you need added protection against a storm. Bahama shutters can be made of aluminum, wood or vinyl, attaching at the top of the window and angling outward using telescoping arms. Colonial shutters are the most traditional style covered here, attaching to the sidewalls and folding in to close and protect the glass when necessary.

Hurricane season is just a fact of life in some areas, and sometimes it’s best to have permanent solutions installed to make hurricane prep easier. If you need hurricane prep installed on your home, get in touch with All America Construction Services today to arrange a consultation.