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Old 04-22-2007, 10:49 PM
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Default Hurricane/Storm-shutter / window-protection ideas?

Other than plywood?
And other than some system that would require total window replacement or taking the walls apart to have some integrated system? We really like those windows with built-on external shutters that close with an easy flip of the control at the the inside of the window frame -- those are wonderful! But since we already have perfectly good windows, we would like to have other, more practical ideas for now__
Something practical, effective, reusable, and easy enough for either of us to put in place when the need arises? Would appreciate suggestions.
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Old 04-22-2007, 11:04 PM
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I wouldn't go with anything less than 1/2" diamond plate steel with titanium cross members on 8" centers, it's the only way to be sure.[img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Old 04-22-2007, 11:09 PM
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I went through this about 3 years ago and was given 5 options - window replacements, vertical electric roll-downs, horizontal accordian shutters, metal shutter panels, and wind abatement screens. Basically in that order according to cost. Plywood is not an option. We went with the wind abatement screens because they were Dade County approved (highest level of protection), easy to install, light weight, easy to store, and least expensive. They are similar to the safety covers put over swimming pools during the winter months up north. Also, they allow you to see out when they are installed, they let light into the house so it isn't like a tomb inside, and you can cut your way out if need be due to a fire or some other emergency. We leave them up all season on the windows we don't even look out because it also saves on the A/C cost by cuttting out the amount of sunlight into the house. I can store all the panels for my whole house in a duffle bag that hangs in the garage when they aren't needed.
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I went through this about 3 years ago and was given 5 options - window replacements, vertical electric roll-downs, horizontal accordian shutters, metal shutter panels, and wind abatement screens. Basically in that order according to cost. Plywood is not an option. We went with the wind abatement screens because they were Dade County approved (highest level of protection), easy to install, light weight, easy to store, and least expensive. They are similar to the safety covers put over swimming pools during the winter months up north. Also, they allow you to see out when they are installed, they let light into the house so it isn't like a tomb inside, and you can cut your way out if need be due to a fire or some other emergency. We leave them up all season on the windows we don't even look out because it also saves on the A/C cost by cuttting out the amount of sunlight into the house. I can store all the panels for my whole house in a duffle bag that hangs in the garage when they aren't needed.
Please, how are the wind abatement screens put on?
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I wouldn't go with anything less than 1/2" diamond plate steel with titanium cross members on 8" centers, it's the only way to be sure.[img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
Now that's a THT answer if I've ever heard one!!!
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I wouldn't go with anything less than 1/2" diamond plate steel with titanium cross members on 8" centers, it's the only way to be sure.[img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
Sounds like another great idea for a free hands-on seminar.
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I'll load up the plasma cutter and the duct tape and be right over.[img]../images/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]
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I would go with the vertical roll downs .

Goto porto'conner.com then find Larry's harbor and look at the houses/windows

they do have a man. opp. on them in case there is no power.

aint cheap but they are way easy to use, push the button.

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I wouldn't go with anything less than 1/2" diamond plate steel with titanium cross members on 8" centers, it's the only way to be sure.[img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
Sid , you should know after much research the cross members must be on 6" centers for normal size windows.

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Old 04-23-2007, 12:02 AM
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Thank you. I have seen some aluminum roll-up ones that are labelled advising against any lubrication__I do not know how difficult it would be to open and close them manually, though (?)
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If you have to put them down , they go down.

When time to raise and the power might still be out call the neighbor kid over.
Also if you have to put them down due to a storm or a long vacation you may not want to raise them for a while for security reasons.

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Captain Sid - 4/22/2007 10:04 PM I wouldn't go with anything less than 1/2" diamond plate steel with titanium cross members on 8" centers, it's the only way to be sure.[img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
Sid , you should know after much research the cross members must be on 6" centers for normal size windows.
Your right Welder, I was thinking of curtain rod supports.[img]../images/emoticons/banghead.gif[/img]
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Old 04-23-2007, 01:06 AM
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I used the aluminum panels in the Keys for 10 years. The tracking stayed up all year long making installation relatively easy. I was able to put up the panels myself and I weighed less than 100 lbs at the time. They are somewhat awkward but easy enough once you get used to them. They did block out light and they did make it hot but more than adequately deflected the random flying coconut from the beach.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:12 AM
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Whatever you use beside plywood, if it (the whole system) doesn't have Miami-Dade Hurricane approval, meaning it's been tested, don't buy it.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:14 AM
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Go to www.storm-stoppers.com. These translucent corrugated plastic panels install with a "super Velcro" type material and are light and easy to handle. Noticed that Lowes carries a similar product, at a lower price.
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:16 AM
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In my neighborhood the ones that seem the easiest are the aluminum corrugated panels that insert into a track on the top and then wing nut on the botton. Some are vice -versa..My neighbor puts his whole house up in an hour or two and is 75 years old. (Yes, I help him when we need to work fast)
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:55 AM
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SurferGirl - With the wind abatement screens, they install a small track along both sides of your windows that short bolt heads can slide into. The screens have metal grommets in them about a foot apart that go over the bolts in the tracks. Then you can use a rechargable electric drill with an attachment for the wing nuts you screw on the bolts to hold the screens to the tracks. The screens are very light compared to metal panels and easy to install. Just a little labor intensive to put on all the wing nuts. When you're done, you can roll up all the panles and stuff them in a duffle bag abd hang it in your garage, so they don't take up a lot of space.
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:33 AM
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PS here's a site that shows you what they look like:

http://www.tropicalstormshield.com/indexD.htm
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:30 PM
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I agree with the aluminum panels..they have withstood the test of time. However, the oft overlooked aspect is HOW the retaining track is attached to the building. The best shutters will do no good if the track is held on with a couple nails.
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Go with the corragated panels, easy to install, lightweight, and store one on top another. And, they are Dade County approved. We have installed on several homes on the Outer Banks and our homeowners love them.
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