Three Ways To Protect Your Windows From High Winds

If you live in an area that has high winds often, such as from a hurricane, you need to protect your home. One thing you can do is to protect your windows. This will prevent the wind and debris from breaking your windows and also prevent these things from getting into your home. Below are some ways you can do this with your windows so you can get started.

Storm Shutters

Storm shutters are not expensive, and there are a wide variety of them to choose from. They are made to protect your home from high winds and keep your windows from breaking.

There are Bahama shutters that fasten at the top of the window and you push them open from the inside. You can find them in a variety of colors and sizes. They are generally made of aluminum or steel.

Another option is accordion storm shutters. These shutters pull across the window. They are completely flat when shut and look like an accordion when they are open.

Rolling shutters are another type you can choose. These shutters roll out when needed, and then you can roll them back in like you would with a retractable awning. They work great as you can easily hide them so you can keep them up all year.

Window Film

Window film, also known as hurricane film, is a plastic, clear film that is placed over the window. You can leave the film on the window all year as it is not noticeable. Not only does the film help your windows withstand stronger winds, but they can also protect you and your family from the sun's harmful rays. This prevents the sun from fading things like nearby furniture and carpeting. If you are the DIY type, you can install the window film yourself.

If wind breaks a window with this film on it, the glass will break into small pieces instead of large shards. The film does not prevent the window frame from blowing in, however.

High Impact Glass

Impact windows can be single or double glazed and are made with two panes of glass that are separated by a plastic film. They look no different from traditional windows. You can also keep them up all year long so you will always be protected. Along with impact resistant glass, the window frame must be sturdy to provide you with complete protection.

Talk with your insurance company if you install any of these things because they may offer to lower your insurance premiums. 

For more information, contact local professionals like Active Hurricane & Security Protection.

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Updating Your Windows for Optimal Performance

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