A hurricane can be defined as “a tropical system of cyclonic winds.” Hurricane season in the coastal areas of the United States runs from the first of June until the last day of November. During this time, hurricanes can and often do, rip through these areas, and cause millions of dollars or more in damage.
If you live in an area of the United States that’s prone to hurricanes, you can help to protect yourself, your family, and your home by installing hurricane shutters on your home. Functional hurricane shutters are normally constructed from aluminum. Aluminum is the best material because it’s durable, lightweight, and it resists rust. These protective coverings are installed over windows and doors. They basically help to protect the glass from breaking due to the cyclonic winds. They also protect the glass in the windows and doors from debris that are flying around.
There are many types of functional hurricane shutters available on the market today. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that you install shutters that are rated to withstand at least one hundred and twenty miles per hour winds. For maximum protection, you should also cover all windows, doors, and skylights.
The first step in installing a functional hurricane shutter is to check with your local department of
codes and permits. You may need to obtain a building permit before you begin. This department can also help you to determine what type- as related to strength- of a hurricane shutter that you need to install on your home.
The second step is to carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s directions that came with the shutters. There are many types of hurricane shutters on the market today. They include Storm Panel, Bahamas, Accordion style, Colonial, and Rolldown.
Since the Storm Panel type is the least expensive, let’s assume that’s what you’re going to install on your house. Therefore, basically, you’ll need to start by measuring the window so you know where to position the header. It will need to be even with the top of the window. The header will also need to be level and positioned equally in between both sides of the window.
The third step in this project is to use a lead pencil to mark the holes in the header. Then, you’ll need to use an electric drill and a suitable bit to bore the holes that you have marked. Make sure that you drill the holes exactly where they need to be located. Otherwise, when you position the header again, they won’t match up.
Now, position the header on the wall once again. Use the hardware that came with the functional hurricane shutter to fasten it to the wall. Now, install the panel in the header.
The fifth step is to use a lead pencil and a measuring tape to measure and mark the location for the sill. You’ll need to use an electric drill and a suitable bit again to bore out the holes for the sill.
Then, position the sill and attach it to the wall by using the hardware that was included.
Before this project is complete, you’ll need to test your functional hurricane shutter. Don’t wait for the next hurricane warning before you make sure that it works properly!
And again, for the maximum protection, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that you install a shutter over every window and door in your home.