Hurricane shutters protect your home during tropical storms and hurricanes. They do this by protecting windows and other vulnerable areas of your home from being destroyed. Storm shutters prevent windows and doors from breaking. But do hurricane shutters keep water out? This is a common question that we get asked a lot. Below we answer it in detail.
Hurricane shutters can help keep rain water and run off water out of your home during a hurricane. How? Storm shutters serve as a protective barrier over your glass openings, preventing your glass and other vulnerable areas from breaking. And unbroken windows and doors will prevent rain and run off from getting into your home. So yes, hurricane shutters do prevent water intrusion due to broken windows and doors.
With that being said, hurricane shutters may not keep all water out of your home. This is because during a severe storm water can enter your home for other reasons, such as flooding or storm surge. Your shutters may potentially help slow down the rate at which flood water enters the home. But in situations such as flooding they most likely will not be able to stop all water intrusion. So if you are affected by these issues it is likely that water may enter your home, even if you have hurricane shutters installed. If your home is susceptible to these situations you may want to look into products made specifically for flood protection purposes.
So hurricane shutters do help keep water out by covering and protecting your windows and doors. But they most likely will not prevent all types of water intrusion. This is especially true if your property is affected by flooding or storm surge.
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