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.
If you live in Southwest Florida and are looking for strong protection from the damage a hurricane can do, you have the option of hurricane screens. Hurricane screens for windows that are installed by Storm Solutions meet the tough Miami-Dade requirements for hurricane protection and offer you coverage that other systems can’t.
Below, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of hurricane screens — specifically Armor Screen and Progressive Defender with Magnatrack™ technology — so you can decide what screen solution would be best for your Southwest Florida home.
What Are Hurricane Screens?
Hurricane screens are designed to protect your home from wind-driven rain and flying debris. The right screens can handle wind speeds of up to 276 miles per hour, can block debris, and help to prevent leaks from strong rains. Most screens also block about 97% of dust and debris.
Hurricane screens are made of patented polypropylene woven monofilament geotextile fabric that is translucent and allows some light to come through. This means you can see outside during a storm without putting yourself at risk. Hurricane screens are a practical option when preparing for the next big storm.
Additional Benefits of Hurricane Screens
While hurricane screens offer great storm protection for your windows, they can do much more.
Multipurpose Hurricane Screens
Because hurricane screens can come in any size and shape, they are ideal for protecting larger openings such as lanais, balconies, storefronts, and entryways.
Superior storm screens are:
Energy Efficient: They can lower your monthly energy bill and allow you to maximize your AC power.
Safe: They protect your home from UV rays to help prevent your furniture and belongings from sun damage. They also help to keep out pests such as rodents and insects.
Private: Hurricane screens enhance your property and make your porch, deck, or patio a more enjoyable spot. You can roll down your screens for privacy or shade from the sun.
Types of Hurricane Screen Systems
There are several types of hurricane window and screen options with Armor Screen. They can all work well for your needs, depending on what you are specifically looking for. These systems include:
Buckle and Strap System
This is the strongest and most versatile of the options, and it can also be combined with other types of screen systems for added benefits. This system can be easily used on windows, garages, or around an entire home. It uses zippers, which make it easy for homeowners to go in and out of their house without having to remove the entire system.
I-Beam Track System
The I-Beam track system is attached to a home with a track along the top. It's permanently mounted to the home and slides off to the sides when it's not being used. Since the track is permanently mounted, this type of system can be used as an everyday shield from the sun or rain, as well as hurricane protection. Additionally, the tracks can be customized to fit curved balconies and lanais for added convenience.
The roll-up hurricane screen system is permanently attached to the top of an opening, such as a window, and can be rolled into place manually or with a motor. These don't cover the entire house like some other systems, but they can be great choices for smaller spaces.
Hemcord system screens slide into place, making it easy to deploy them before a hurricane hits. For second-story windows, you can place them inside the window so they can be put in place safely, although they're installed on the outside of first-floor windows.
The Grommet system is the most economical Armor screen system available. The storm screen features rubber grommets that help to eliminate anchor vibrations. Like the buckle and strap system, this system can also be combined with other Armor screen systems for added security and protection.
Hurricane Screens at Storm Solutions
Storm Solutions is an authorized Armor Screen dealer. Among the biggest benefits of Armor hurricane screens is that they are easy to deploy, lightweight, and strong.
Armor screen hurricane protection can be motorized or customized to fit the screen system option that suits your needs. These roll down hurricane screens are certified for the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) located in Florida’s Miami-Dade & Broward counties.
Progressive Defender MagnaTrack Screen
Storm Solutions is also a dealer and installer for the Progressive Defender Hurricane Screens. Unlike traditional hurricane screens, the Defender Hurricane Screen System uses MagnaTrack technology
This is the only system in the world that uses specially-designed magnets internally secured within the tracks to allow free-floating during deployment, as well as keeping constant tension on the screen. Self Adjusting Technology (SAT) allows the screen to freely deploy in windy conditions without hang-ups or rewraps.
The Right Hurricane Screens for Your Home
Hurricane screens are an affordable option, even when you're looking to protect a large space, such as carports, walkways, and lanais. Although hurricane screens are easy to deploy, you should have a professional perform the initial installation to ensure the proper fit to strengthen your home’s protection.
If you're in the market for a solution to protect your home during a hurricane, Storm Solutions is here to help. Serving Naples/Marco Island, Fort Myers/Cape Coral, and Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda, Storm Solutions offers a variety of hurricane screens that will protect your home during a hurricane. For more information, contact us today.