If you are considering hurricane shutters for your home you probably have a lot of questions. Our goal is to help answer all of your questions about hurricane shutters. And one question we get a lot is if you need hurricane shutters on all your windows. This is what we will discuss in this article. Hopefully it helps you.
Do I Need Hurricane Shutters on All Windows?
The short answer is yes. We recommend that you have hurricane shutters on all non-impact glass windows and doors.
A more detailed explanation is below.
Reason You Need Hurricane Shutters
The purpose of hurricane shutters is to protect your home’s “vulnerable openings”. What are vulnerable openings? They are openings with a high risk of breaking or being severely damaged during a hurricane. There are several vulnerable openings on your home.
Two of the most vulnerable areas of your home are unprotected, non-impact glass windows and doors. Non-impact glass can break from either the hurricane force winds or flying debris, such as tree limbs.
Other vulnerable areas of your home include screened areas, such as lanais, and non-impact rated garage doors. These have a high potential of being destroyed due to hurricane force winds and/or flying debris.
Protect All Your Home’s Vulnerable Openings
Unprotected vulnerable openings are at greater risk of being damaged or even destroyed during a hurricane.
In turn, we recommend that you protect all of your home’s vulnerable openings before a storm to prevent damage to them.
For windows and doors you want to prevent them from breaking because larger issues may occur if your glass does break during a hurricane. In the case of garage doors and screens you want to prevent them from being destroyed or compromised. This is also because further damage can result if these areas are compromised.
Protecting your home can be done in two different ways. First, you can replace your home’s windows and doors with impact rated products. These include impact windows, impact doors, and impact rated garage doors. Or you can protect the existing ones with hurricane shutters or other hurricane protection, such as panels or hurricane screens.
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