Clear hurricane panels bring at least one very apparent advantage of other hurricane shutter types. These panels are clear; they don’t block your view and allow sunlight to come in. They don’t give you the feeling of being trapped inside a place to sit out a hurricane. The shutter glass won’t yellow with age and you get 100% UV protection as well.
These shutters, usually made of high grade polycarbonate sheets, cover the external façade of a structure. They don’t splinter or warp like wood and they sure don’t look like eyesores that many metal hurricane shutters appear to be. These shutters are easy to install. They won’t envelope your property in darkness and you don’t need difficult to manage accessories when you are putting up these shutters. In other words, these shutters are easy to install.
If you are using twin wall polycarbonate sheet plastic then you are assured of hurricane protection because this material is two hundred times stronger than glass and very durable. It is very light; in fact it is five times lighter than plywood. But the lightness in no way compromises on the strength of the material. These shutters are more expensive than metal shutters but they add to the value of your house, apart from the undeniable protection they offer.
Look up between the different types of clear hurricane panel shutters. Lexan and protexan are two types you can choose from. It is easy to get price quotes online. Compare quotes and check for adherence to your state hurricane building codes.
Check if the sheets are made from recycled plastic, these will work out cheaper. Your county and your insurance company might extend you benefits in one form or the other for using recycled plastic. Do you want the panels corrugated? Corrugated sheets will be stronger but may affect visibility. Does the manufacturer take requests for custom sizes and styles? What is the best way to install the shutters? Stapling, nailing, folding, drilling, stitching, etc are some of the techniques used.
What are the different thicknesses in which these shutters are available? Does the installer have a thickness ideal for your use? Ultimately you should, for the money you spend, get complete protection from hurricane winds and airborne debris.