For many people, Southwest Florida is one of the most desirable places to live. Between the beaches, golf courses, and sunshine all year long, it's not surprising that Southwest Florida is an ideal location for people to call home. However, the threat of a hurricane is very real for full-time and part-time residents alike. From June through November, hurricane season brings the very real possibility of a hurricane or tropical storm hitting the area.
You need hurricane protection, but what is it? Protection from hurricanes means your home is equipped to handle hurricane-force winds, pummeling rain, and flying debris.
Protection from hurricanes may include but is not limited to hurricane windows, hurricane doors, hurricane shutters, and damage repair services.
Why Is Hurricane Protection So Important?
Anyone who has lived in Southwest Florida for several years knows how devastating the damage of a hurricane can be. In 2004, Hurricane Charley hit Southwest Florida and caused much devastation including extensive damage to homes and flooding. More recently, Hurricane Irma shocked the area with landfall in 2017 and caused 6 million Floridians to evacuate, while millions more were left without power for over a week.
Although severe storms are rare, it's still important to be prepared for a hurricane. During a hurricane, your home can be damaged by high wind, rain, and flying debris. Debris can break windows and enter your home, allowing high winds inside your home, which can cause additional damage.
Protecting your home with impact windows or hurricane shutters now can help minimize the amount of damage to your home when a hurricane does hit. Although there's no guarantee that your home won't be damaged, hurricane protection minimizes the risk to your home and family in the event of a major storm.
What Are My Options for Hurricane Protection?
When it comes to hurricane protection, there are many options available. Each has its own unique set of pros and cons, and some options are better suited for windows while others are better for large openings such as lanais. Make sure your hurricane protection contractor has everything you need. Here are some of the most popular ways to protect your home for hurricane season:
- Hurricane Shutters: This is the most common method of hurricane protection, and shutters are perfect for people who are on a budget. There are several different types of hurricane shutters available that can fit the personality of your home. Hurricane shutters require some preparation by the homeowner before a storm hits.
- Hurricane Impact Garage Doors: A heavy-duty garage door is a must to protect your vehicles, lawn equipment, and other valuables. They come in many different glazes and styles and include combinations of glass and aluminum frames which are three times stronger than vinyl. This strength doesn’t hinder beauty, as they are as stunning as they are effective.
- Impact Windows and Doors: Impact windows and doors combine heavy-duty frames with impact-resistant glass and a special silicone glazing process that keeps the glass from breaking away from its frame. Although the glass may crack on impact, the inside layer keeps the window and door intact, preventing wind or intruders from entering your home. Impact front doors don’t require any preparation by the homeowner, and they look just like regular windows and doors.
- Hurricane Screens: Hurricane screens are great for protecting large openings, such as lanais, porches, and retail storefronts. Hurricane screens that meet the Miami-Dade requirements are large missile impact and wind pressure tested up to 276 miles per hour, meaning they'll be able to protect your home in the event of a hurricane. Hurricane screens are easy to deploy but require a professional to do the initial installation.
Ready To Experience the Storm Solutions Difference?
Protecting your home isn't an option – it's a necessity for homeowners in Southwest Florida. Hurricane season spans nearly half of the year, and the threat of a major storm during this time is always a possibility. Protecting your home with shutters or impact windows can greatly reduce the damage to your home in the event of a storm. For more information to help you prepare your home for hurricane season, download the Hurricane Guide.