Plywood sheets, after repeatedly getting wet, will warp or peel apart. It is not a very safe material and will most likely won’t even be adequate for usage a second time. Additionally, 99% of homeowners using plywood are not even following the “Code-Approved” methods of installation. Plywood CAN be considered a “Code-Approved” hurricane protection product, but only when installed with very specific hardware pieces and using very detailed installation methods. In cases where there are no other options, plywood is regarded as a “better than nothing” solution for temporary hurricane protection, but they should only be used as a last resort.
Alternatively, impact windows are code-approved windows made from impact resistant glass and are a much better alternative compared to plywood. Impact windows provide a safe and secure storm barrier from both windblown debris and blowing rain… true category 5 protection. And that’s just the beginning. Impact windows also help you save money month after month by lowering your energy bills, they also offer protection against unwanted intruders, they offer significant noise reduction, and they even increase your home’s resale value.
So, if you live in a home where hurricanes occasionally roll through, be well aware that impact windows are by far the best protection for your windows. To make it even more attractive for homeowners, we also offer financing options to make it affordable for everyone.
Visit www.stormguardwindowanddoor.com or call 561.594.1540 for more information.