Top Storm Protection Options for Small Homes

by | Sep 1, 2022 | Storm Protection

Gale force winds can wreak havoc or destroy homes during severe thunderstorms or hurricanes. Debris in the air can damage doors and windows, letting heavy winds enter the home.

Generally, the best way to protect your small home from strong winds and flying debris is to install custom windows. But what is a custom window? Generally, it provides impact resistance, which helps prevent broken glass from littering the inside of your home when a hurricane strikes. 

Keep reading to learn about the top storm protection options for your small home.

Hurricane Shutters

These are made of either fiberglass or stainless steel and are designed specifically for use in high-wind areas like Florida or Texas, where hurricanes regularly hit. They come in different sizes depending on how much glass you want to be covered by your shutter system;

The size of each one depends on the type of window it covers (single pane versus double pane). When measuring them, you’ll need about three feet between panels, so they don’t overlap too much once installed. There won’t be any gaps between them where an object could enter. So, you and your family are definitely safe.

Bahama Shutters

Bahama shutters are a great way to protect your home from the harsh winds of storms and hurricanes. They provide easy-to-use protection from storms and hurricanes while durable enough to withstand strong winds.

These shutters are made with a heavy-duty extruded aluminum construction designed to withstand up to 180 mph winds. Generally, the best time to install these shutters is during construction or renovation so they can be positioned with optimal height near the roof line for maximum protection against storms.

If you have existing windows, ensure enough room between them and their opening on the outside wall of your house (as well as from any siding). It will ensure that no water enters through small gaps between those areas when heavy rains occur.

Storm Panels

Storm panels are a simple, low-cost way to protect your small home from the elements. These storm protection devices can be installed in your attic or your house’s exterior, depending on where you live and how much money you can spend.

Storm panels come in two main varieties: rigid and flexible. Both types have their benefits and drawbacks, but they serve a similar purpose: keeping rainwater out of your living space during heavy storms. As with any other type of roofing material (i.e., tile), if it’s not properly installed or maintained over time, it will deteriorate faster than expected. This could lead to mold problems.

Storm panels are typically made from aluminum, steel, or fiberglass materials. Several storm panels are available today, with varying quality and price points. The most common type of storm panel is the rigid panel. These come in widths that range from one foot up to four feet.

Impact Windows

Impact windows are designed to withstand hurricane winds and other severe weather conditions. They’re made of polycarbonate, a plastic that can be molded into any shape using machines that mix and melt the material. This technology makes impact windows extremely easy to clean, as well as energy efficient.

Impact windows are different from frameless or double-pane glass. They have an impact-absorbing core (the same kind used in Teflon) with a shatterproof outer shell made of polycarbonate or acrylic glass. This design allows maximum protection against flying debris during storms and easy cleaning when needed!

Helps Reduce Noise

You are probably well aware of how annoying and distracting outside noise may be if you live close to a busy crossroads or freeway. Installing impact windows is a simple technique to lessen the amount of outside noise entering. 

It is due to extra-thick, laminated glass and tightly sealed framing that keeps noise from the interior contained and noise from the street or your neighbors kept outside. This may come in handy if you want a peaceful environment.

Lowers your Insurance Prices

Impact windows and doors are effective windstorm protective systems acknowledged by many insurance companies, so installing them can result in lower insurance premiums. It is wise to build these up for precautions and insurance purposes.

Additional Information about Storm Protection

When hurricane shutters are installed, they must be disengaged or removed after each hurricane. When not in use, some permanently attached shutters, such as accordions, fold up neatly into a protective housing, but others, such as Bahama shutters, remain in place all year. 

Unless you choose storm panels, your windows will have some sort of exterior treatment, whether folded up or not. With these comes the added maintenance of putting them on and taking them off before and after each storm.

Don’t ignore that when you use storm shutters, you’re frequently left in the dark throughout the hurricane when all of your windows are covered. Additionally, you may not have electricity, so you may need to stumble around with lamps or candles for a few days.

Because impact windows do not need to be covered, you can see outside during a massive storm and benefit from natural light when the power goes out.

Additionally, impact windows have the appearance of regular windows but have the added benefit of being resistant to strong and destructive storms. Often homeowners prefer aluminum hurricane shutters for their clean, unobtrusive appearance.

Conclusion

Protect your small home from storms by ensuring that your windows are properly sized, weatherstripping is installed between the frame and the glass, and impact-resistant glass is used. It’s also important to work with a contractor who knows what they’re doing regarding hurricane shutters or plywood windows.

Contact Muhler today to learn more about their storm protection services and products. They make sure that their materials are well constructed and strong. Customers can expect a simple encounter when they use their assistance. They can save you money and time by taking precautions for an impending storm.

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