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Does Your Home Need Storm Shutters?

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

The brick wall and windows with rolling shutters Shutters are temporary protection for weak areas in different types of structures

High winds can happen anywhere. However, some areas are more prone to them than others. When strong storms hit Middle Creek, NC, a variety of storm shutters are used to protect the most vulnerable areas.

What Are Shutters?

Also called hurricane shutters or coverings, they’re temporary protection for weak areas in different types of structures. They’re primarily used to cover windows, but some may be used for other potentially vulnerable spots. Most are made from three different materials:

  • Wood
  • Polycarbonate
  • Aluminum

How Do They Protect a Home?
High winds cause a lot of debris to be thrown around. Unless you have hurricane glass installed, broken windows are likely.
The problem isn’t really the broken window, it’s that rain now has an easy path through the building envelope, causing heavy water damage. Once this happens, you’ll need the top local water damage restoration experts to repair the damage.
Even worse is what can happen to your roof. Once heavy wind gets through your windows, it gets trapped inside the structure, creating excess pressure under your roof. It’s one of the most frequent causes of roof failure during strong storms and can mean a very lengthy repair process before your home can be made habitable again. The shutters are installed or closed immediately before the storm. Once properly installed, most take little time to close or have the panels placed in their framework.

Does Your Home Need Them?
Experts in the Middle Creek, NC, area now recommend that you either have storm shutters installed professionally or be ready to install temporary plywood yourself. Some are quite attractive and, in the case of Colonial and Bahama styles, also provide daily protection from the sun.
A cheaper route – but still a nice step up from plywood – are storm panels. They’re much stronger than wood and are the most economical form of full protection, but they do take significant time to install.
Your insurance agent will likely be glad to give you advice about the best way to protect your investment against high winds. If she can’t, she’ll be able to direct you to someone who knows all about them.

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