|Pros and cons of home protection products: Part 2|
Last week we looked at the advantages and disadvantages of three popular types of hurricane protection solutions — colonial shutters, Bahama shutters and roll-down shutters.
This week we’ll consider three other kinds of protection — accordion shutters, storm panels and hurricane fabric — yes, fabric!
Accordion shutters are constructed of aluminum and are permanently affixed beside windows and doors.
Accordion shutters fold and unfold like an accordion and may either be a two-piece design that locks in the middle, or a one-piece design that spans the window or door from left to right or right to left.
Storm panel shutters
Storm panel shutters can be made of corrugated steel, aluminum or clear (polycarbonate) panels that overlap each other and are affixed to the outside walls around windows and doors on tracks.
There are several methods to install the panels, the most popular being a track permanently installed above and below each window opening. The track has sliding bolts that can be moved to line up with pre-drilled holes in the panels. The panels are overlapped and then affixed to the bolts, usually with wing-nuts.
Hurricane Fabric is an incredibly high tensile strength nylon fabric that is the same fabric used in automobile air bags.
The fabric is cut to any size or shape and held in place using patented clips attached to the fabric and bolted to the wall using a stainless steel sidewalk bolt threaded into a concrete anchor on the perimeter of the opening.
If you are at all in doubt about what hurricane protection solution is right for your home, you should consider having someone in the business come to assess your needs for you.
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