Fabric Storm Panels for Hurricane Protection

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With hurricane season fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about the preparations you will need to make should a storm come your way. While you may already have supplies on hand from past years that can be used again when the time comes to board up, it may also be necessary to purchase new or more supplies. In this case, what do you plan to add to your protection plan and how will you use it?

The argument can be made that hurricanes bring with them advance warning so boarding up is something we can take our time doing, but that is not entirely true. Between work and family obligations that press on even when storms are coming, finding the time to drop everything and secure our homes can be tough. Boarding up is the most effective plan, but it can take time and sometimes requires help to get the job done, leaving us wishing for equally effective protective measures that can be employed in a quicker, easier manner.

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One such possibility is fabric storm panels. Also known as wind abatement screens, fabric storm panels are being marketed to replace the need for plywood boards or standard hurricane shutters. Strong and lightweight, they are made of woven fabric which is then reinforced with a coating of geo-synthetic PVC material. The finished product is a fabric panel that can be placed over doors and windows to protect from flying debris as well as wind and rain, held in place through the use of bolts and grommets, sliders, rollers, or straps and buckles. If you have your doubts about how effective these panels can be against flying projectiles, you are probably not alone, but they have been rated to protect through 100mph winds and meet/exceed building codes in states that are frequently plagued by hurricanes.

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The benefits of fabric storm panels are many and include being lightweight as well as easy to handle and store. They can also be put up and taken back down quickly and without having to wait for assistance in doing so. Light is also able to shine through them so you will not have to use excess electricity when they are in position.

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The bottom line is that action is necessary to protect homes from hurricanes. It is up to each individual which method they wish to embrace and some are certainly better than others, but all have their own set of advantages as well as disadvantages. Consider what is most cost effective and easiest for you to utilize before making any purchases. In the end you may have no objections to a product such as fabric storm panels or you may find that plywood is the way you want to go. Do what you must, but be sure to do something when storms begin to threaten your home.

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