Last week, we talked about hurricane shutters and how they can help protect your home from flood damage in the event of a hurricane.
This week, as promised, we want to talk about another option to protect your home: hurricane mesh and panels.
Both panels and mesh are good budget-conscious alternatives to hurricane panels.
Panels tend to run significantly less in price per square foot than shutters. Panels are offered in aluminum, Lexan (see-through), corrugated plastic and fabric. Fabric panels are typically made of woven PVC or other polyethylene fibers. Fabric panels do not meet the impact certification test and will not protect your window from shattering but will protect your home from rain. Likewise, corrugated plastic panels and plywood do not meet the impact certification test.
Mesh wind screen is a great option for protecting large expanses of glass such as sliding glass doors. The mesh is made to withstand a high force of wind and thus, protect the glass to a certain degree from shattering. However, it will not provide the degree of safety or protection from water damage that accordion shutters would.
While protecting your windows from impact is one way to prevent water damage to your home during a storm, another solution is to invest in impact-resistant windows. Check back next week when we discuss impact resistant windows!
If you have questions about your home and how to protect it from storms and flooding, contact the water extraction experts at 1-800-DRY-ME-OUT.