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Posting has been slow recently because of work in the real world and a family trip.  When you travel over 2700 miles in a vehicle with two small children (aged 20 months and 3 months) you need to take some time to recover.  Other than unpacking, truck cleaning and yard work, there has been little free time.  There is still some work I need to do on the EDR and, of course, the Honey Do list.

I did manage to get an order in to a reseller of hurricane panels two weeks ago to protect my most vulnerable windows.  I will post more details later, but I decided to go with Miami-Dade certified panels.  These are 0.050-inch thick corrugated aluminum.  I will be installing the mounting hardware myself.  This will save me several thousands of dollars for a contractor.  I will be following the approved plans for installation, especially the fastener schedules, to ensure the new panels stay firmly attached to the house.  This offers the additional advantage of a house insurance discount if I cover all windows and openings.

I may also be testing another type of panel made from plastic similar to Coroplast.  This will depend on getting a sample from the distributor/manufacturer.  We will see.  Looks like there will be no samples.

There are 37 days until the North Atlantic hurricane season starts.

Posted on Sunday, April 24, 2005 12:14 PM Home Ownership , & Etc. , Hurricane | Back to top


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Hi, I was researching the effectiveness of sentry security films against hurricanes and have come up with nothing. Any advice?

worried in miami

belkis@sonicarthouse.com
Left by Belkis on May 18, 2005 6:41 PM

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I do not believe any "security film" is effective in protecting your windows during a hurricane. The intent of window protection is to prevent flying objects from impacting and breaking the glass. Films only hold the glass together as it is broken and pushed into your house. The key is to ensure your building envelope is maintained to prevent pressurization and secondary damage.
Left by Mark on May 19, 2005 9:54 AM

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I recently saw a corrugated plastic material that can be cut to window size with a utility knife and stuck to the window edge with dual lock by 3M...it's like an extra heavy duty velcro. Does anyone know where I can by the sheets of the corrugated plastic?
Left by Leslie on Jul 03, 2005 11:27 PM

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This is the same material I referred to above. The owners have engaged in some questionable actions, so I am not recommending or referring to them. Using even the thickest version of the corrugated plastic product is questionable. There are no guarantees that the 3M fasteners will work being hit by storm debris. The variables of surface, cleanliness and installer seem to be working against them. This product may turn out to be costly and offer little protection.
Left by Mark on Jul 04, 2005 12:14 AM

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About these Plastic sheets, saw them at a home show in Port Charlotte. They market them as better then plywood. They seem like a good solution?? These guys are out of Fort Myers. Any additional thoughts?
Left by Liz on Jan 13, 2006 6:57 PM

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