If you live in a coastal area, then it is a must that you protect your house, home appliances, and family from tropical storms and hurricanes. And don’t make the mistake of thinking just because you don’t live right on the coast, then you don’t need hurricane protection. Even though a hurricane may weaken once it makes landfall, it still has a lot of flying debris and high winds that can still cause severe damage to homes that are hundreds of miles from the coast.
Residents are put in a vulnerable situation each hurricane season because no other area in the United States gets hit by more hurricanes. The best method for homeowners to protect their house and family from damage is to reinforce the areas of their house that could be most vulnerable to high winds. They can do this by covering their glass sliding doors and windows.
The best protection that homeowners can get to prevent damage to their home is to purchase and install impact windows and doors. The reason is impact resistant glass can stand up to flying debris that may hit it, even if it is traveling at over 100 miles per hour. The reason you need to be concerned about your windows breaking is that if winds from a hurricane are allowed to enter your house, then it can change the pressure within, which can result in structural damage, such as your roof being blown off.
Some homeowners will use plywood to cover their sliding glass doors and windows during a hurricane because they are cheap and somewhat easy to install. The problem with plywood is that they can sometimes blow off the house during a hurricane depending on how strong the winds are. Since plywood cannot provide the level of hurricane protection that impact-resistant windows can, it can turn out to be a waste of time and money. While hurricane windows are more expensive, they do have other benefits that can prove that they are worth the money, such as making your home more energy efficient and once installed, you don’t have to do anything to them again to get your home ready for hurricane season.