You have recently purchased and installed hurricane resistant windows. That is very good, as these increase the value of your home. They will also help defend your home against the dangerous winds of hurricanes and tornadoes. Why is it, then, that you still have to shutter up your windows when a hurricane is coming? Here are some reasons why.
While it is true that these windows can resist the incredibly powerful winds that are par for any hurricane, they are no match for large projectiles hurled at them at 200+miles an hour. It only takes one powerful gust and a tree limb, or large rock to smash and crack the windows. While the inner film between the two thick panes of glass will prevent the projectile from smashing the glass completely, you still want the added protection of the wood boards or shutters. Projectiles are the main reason why you still shutter up your hurricane windows.
You Want the Windows to Last a Long Time
These windows will last a very long time when they are well-cared for. In fact, most homes in the South that have hurricane-resistant windows have not had to replace them in decades. The wood or the vinyl frames around them need more frequent replacement than the windows and the glass themselves. Protecting the glass from hurtling objects in storms means that your windows will do their job and protect the interior of your home for decades to come.
Sound Resistance Too
If you choose not to evacuate your home when a hurricane hits, the sounds around you can be terrifying. Even people caught in a shelter in a tornado report hearing what sounds like dozens of whirling and blasting train engine horns all around them. Hurricanes are even louder.
The hurricane windows block a lot of that noise, making your home feel and sound as safe as it could be if there was no hurricane at all. (This may be especially beneficial if you have small children who are terrified of loud sounds.) The boards or shutters you use add additional noise muffling, making it seem as though there is just a loud rainstorm outside.
Because the Law Says You Have To
Some states require that you board up or shutter up your windows anyway. The purpose for this is public safety, despite the fact that no one goes out into a hurricane and intentionally walks on or into shattered glass. If your state says that you have to board up your house even though you invested in hurricane resistant windows, you have to do it.
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