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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


Hurricane Shutters vs. Hurricane Impact Windows

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Jul 24, 2022 1:20:00 PM


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Topics: Hurricane Shutters, Impact Windows, Hurricane Protection


How Hurricane Impact Windows Can Save You Money

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Jul 14, 2022 9:22:00 AM


Ironically, some of the most beautiful areas of our country are the most likely to be struck by severe weather. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and even major thunderstorms can strike with little warning, and you’ll want to be prepared for the next big Florida storm. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, weather and climate related disasters have cost over 2 trillion dollars since 1980.

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Topics: Impact Windows


The Prime Differences Between Category 1-5 Hurricanes

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Jun 7, 2022 9:10:00 AM

As a Floridian, you’ve seen headlines and heard about the various hurricane categories, but what really sets the numbers apart, and how does that impact your hurricane prep plans?

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Topics: Tropical Storm, Storm Surge, Hurricane, Hurricane Maria


Hurricane Preparedness for Your Waterfront Property

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Mar 21, 2022 10:22:00 AM

Hurricane season is nearly upon us, and if you own waterfront property in Southwest Florida, you’ll want to be prepared for whatever the season may bring. While we all hope for a quiet hurricane season, we know that it’s best to be ready for anything. Read on to find ideas to help you prepare your waterfront home hurricane season.

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Topics: Hurricane Protection, Hurricane Preparedness


8 Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Mar 16, 2022 2:30:00 PM

When it comes to how to secure your home for a hurricane, Floridians already know a thing or two. However, hurricane preparation should still be a top priority, even if you already have some hurricane protection in place, because we don’t want you to be scrambling should there be a shelter-in-place or other protocols necessary. Here are the tips for hurricane preparedness to give you peace of mind when the next hurricane hits.

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Topics: Impact Window Installation, Hurricane Protection, Hurricane Preparedness


Hurricane Protection for the Inside & Outside of Your Home

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Mar 10, 2022 9:45:00 AM

Could this year be the year another major storm hits Southwest Florida? We certainly hope not, but we know it is always a possibility. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. 

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Topics: Hurricane Shutters, Hurricane Protection, Hurricane Preparedness


2 Ways To Upgrade Your Home’s Hurricane Protection for the Upcoming Hurricane Season

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Mar 1, 2022 11:55:00 AM

Hurricane season is right around the corner in Southwest Florida, it's time to plan and prepare for hurricane season. June 1st is the official start of hurricane season, which extends through summer and early fall, ending November 30th.

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Topics: Hurricane Protection, Hurricane Preparedness, hurricane doors, hurricane windows


4 Reasons To Make a Plan To Prepare Your Home Before Hurricane Season

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Feb 23, 2022 3:15:00 PM

Southwest Florida’s hurricane season can be a stressful time for unprepared Floridians. While some years are uneventful, waiting until the last minute to prepare your home for hurricane season could cause a whole host of problems for you, your family, and your home. Now is a great time to plan and prepare, so you can be ready no matter what hurricanes hit or when. 

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Topics: Impact Windows


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