Storm Solutions Blog

9 Reasons Floridians Should Invest in a Glass or Screen-Enclosed Lanai

Posted by John Lemonakis on Dec 5, 2022 11:07:03 AM

If you’re like most Floridians, you sure get a lot of use out of your lanai. But with all its perks, this covered outdoor escape can also be a real pain. Weather, pesky insects, and the usual lanai maintenance comes with its own set of headaches.

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Topics: Glass Lanai Enclosures, Screen Enclosures, Glass Lanai


What Are Low-E Windows?

Posted by John Lemonakis on Dec 1, 2022 2:37:48 PM

Many Florida homeowners are on the search for impact windows to replace their old or damaged windows for added protection and increased temperature control. The solution? Low-E glass impact windows. 

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Topics: Impact Windows, Low-E Glass


Impact Doors vs. Average Doors

Posted by John Lemonakis on Nov 21, 2022 1:40:42 PM

The front door of your home should be secure, private, and protective. For SW Floridians, we know that hurricanes are an inevitable part of life. That’s why impact protection against hurricanes is also a necessary benefit of our front doors.

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Topics: Impact Doors, hurricane doors


5 Reasons to Convert Your Screen Porch Into a Glass Sunroom

Posted by Giulia Ramsey on Nov 10, 2022 8:30:00 AM

Many Southwest Floridians already have a lanai or outdoor patio attached to their homes, but the weather is often too hot, rainy, or uncomfortable to enjoy it. 

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Topics: Glass Lanai Enclosures, Glass Walls


When Is The Best Time To Replace Windows in Southwest Florida?

Posted by John Lemonakis on Nov 7, 2022 11:35:02 AM

Now that hurricane season is almost over, many Floridians are eager to forget about hurricanes and start looking ahead to better days.

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Topics: Impact Windows, Hurricane Protection, hurricane windows


5 Reasons PGT Windows Offer Year-Round Home Protection

Posted by John Lemonakis on Oct 19, 2022 3:31:44 PM

Here in Southwest Florida, when we mention impact windows, what’s the first thought that comes to mind?

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Topics: PGT, PGT Windows


Upgrade Your Bathroom: 6 Benefits of Frameless Glass Shower Doors

Posted by John Lemonakis on Oct 18, 2022 11:45:45 AM

When you look around your bathroom, does it feel open and relaxing with modern touches, or does it feature traditional (ancient) shower doors that make the space look a bit boring? Bathrooms are one of the most used spaces in a home and deserve to be relaxing and visually stunning. The doors on your shower alone can make or break a peaceful moment of zen within your morning routine.

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Topics: Glass Showers


What are Hurricane Screens?

Posted by John Lemonakis on Oct 4, 2022 11:30:00 AM

When it comes to hurricane protection, you generally hear about impact windows and hurricane shutters. While those are effective against hurricane-force winds, there is another great way to protect your home during hurricane season.

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Topics: Hurricane Screens, Armor Screen, Progressive Defender MagnaTrack Screen


How Saharan Dust Impacts Hurricanes & Tropical Storms in Florida

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Aug 16, 2022 12:22:26 PM

When you think about dust storms,  Florida typically isn’t the first location that comes to mind.  However, during the summer months, Saharan dust starts to make its way across the ocean to South Florida, bringing warmer temperatures, hazy skies, and dry air.

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Topics: Hurricane Protection, Hurricane Preparedness, Hurricane, Saharan dust


Low Cost Hurricane Protection for Your Home

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Aug 4, 2022 9:13:03 AM

If you want peace of mind during hurricane season, installing hurricane protection is a good investment. Luckily, protecting your Southwest Florida home from damaging winds, driving rain, and flying debris that often accompanies a tropical storm or hurricane, doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re looking for low-cost hurricane protection for your house or condo, continue reading to learn more about your best options.

Cheap Hurricane Panels

Hurricane storm panels are removable coverings for your open spaces that are cost-effective and still offer great storm protection.

Hurricane panels are:

  • Typically made out of steel, aluminum, or polycarbonate.
  • Removable.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Only installed when a hurricane is coming.
  • Store neatly in a stack 12” wide when not in use.
  • Can be used to cover windows, lanais, and more.

When installed properly, the panels can withstand wind speeds of around 170 mph, making them a match for all categories of hurricanes.

Affordable Hurricane Screens

Hurricane screens are one of the most cost effective hurricane protection options available. If you want a budget-friendly and easy to store option, hurricane screens may be the best choice for you.

Hurricane screens are:

  • Fabric panel systems.
  • For small to large open spaces.
  • Attached with a removable buckle and strap system.
  • Transparent.

Hurricane screens offer great protection. Screens installed and sold by Storm Solutions have been tested to withstand the strongest storms. They’ve been tested at up to 276 MPH winds and can survive multiple large missile impacts without failure. 

This strength has earned our screens approval from the Miami-Dade County and Florida Building Codes, some of the toughest approvals to achieve. Plus, you can see out of them so you won’t feel closed off during a storm.

Low Cost Hurricane Shutters

While hurricane screens and panels work well when looking for low cost ways to hurricane proof your home, some styles of hurricane shutters also offer affordable protection. 

If you’re looking for budget-friendly products, you’ll want to look at accordion shutters. Roll-down and Bahama shutters are more expensive, but they can be a nice upgrade to your hurricane protection strategy.

Hurricane shutters are:

  • Similar to hurricane panels.
  • Made of aluminum or plastic.
  • More permanently attached to your home. 
  • Fold into a customizable box attached to your window.
  • Can cover relatively large openings

These can be tricky to install, but most can withstand 170 MPH wind speeds. While these are not usually transparent, they do come in different colors and you can paint the attached storage box to match the look of your home.

Low Cost Ways To Hurricane Proof Your Home

While plywood might be cheap, it’s not good hurricane preparation. In fact, plywood can pull away from any nails used to attach it to your windows and become flying debris, even in a small storm. This debris can potentially damage your home or your neighbors’ homes. 

Properly installed hurricane panels, hurricane screens, and hurricane shutters are your best route to effective hurricane protection. However, installing these yourself may not be the best solution, as improper installation can damage the product and leave openings for storm damage.

Having professional installation for your chosen low-cost hurricane protection can provide peace of mind and help you avoid costly mistakes. At Storm Solutions, we take storm protection seriously so you and your family can have peace of mind. Contact us for more information today. 

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Topics: Hurricane Shutters, Hurricane Screens, Screen Enclosures, Hurricane Pannels, Hurricane Shutter Cost