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3 Ways of Storm-Proofing Your Windows

Posted on: September 3rd, 2012 by Admin

Your windows are one of the weakest and most storm-vulnerable parts of your house. Window panes can be shattered by flying debris and high winds. Having your badly damaged windows repaired or replaced after a storm can be too expensive. You can prevent these things from happening by storm-proofing your windows.

Duct Tape

Some homeowners who do not have enough time to install storm shutters or impact-resistant windows resort to using a duct or hurricane tape to somehow protect their windows. However, this storm proofing solution only provides temporary protection and may not resist extreme storm conditions. Homeowners often have the wrong notion that duct taping their windows make the windows shatter-proof and protected. The truth is, duct tapes can never be reliable when it comes to storm-proofing your windows.

Storm Shutters

Storm shutters, also referred to as hurricane coverings, are used to cover windows during a storm. It protects the windows from flying debris, preventing them to get shattered. Storm shutters come in varieties: accordion, colonial, roll-down, plywood, awning, storm panel, and bahama.

Although they do not usually meet building codes and are the least durable, plywood storm shutters are the most commonly used material by homeowners to storm-proof their homes, because they are also the cheapest of all the materials.

Impact-Resistant Windows

Impact-resistant windows may not be that appealing to most homeowners as they are more expensive—almost double the price of regular windows. However, installing impact-resistant windows is the best way to storm-proof your windows. They are specially designed to withstand large debris and Category 5 wind conditions. (According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, storms with winds exceeding 156 mph are classified under Category 5.)

Impact-resistant windows are composed of laminated glass and layers of polyvinyl butyral (PVB). Unlike duct tape and some types of storm shutters, impact-resistant windows are permanent protection for your windows. They may be damaged by a strong impact but unlike regular windows, they will not be shattered.

Other ways to protect your windows from storm damage is ensuring that your trees and bushes are well-trimmed before a storm hits. Check also the weatherstripping of your windows. If the weatherstripping is deteriorated, they will not function well in preventing water to seep and making the windows airtight.

If you are just building your new home or having your windows replaced, invest in long-term protection for your windows. Ask your roofing Clarksville, TN contractor for some advice on the best window material you should buy. Make sure as well that your roofing Clarksville, TN contractor complies with the building codes in your state.

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