Storm panels attach to residential exterior walls around windows and doors to protect them when high winds and blowing debris is expected. There are many designs and styles of storm panels that can be quickly moved into place when needed. Storm panels are available in various materials, such as corrugated steel, aluminum, polycarbonate, wood, and even heavy fabric. Here are some different styles of storm panels that you can consider installing on your residence:
Accordion Storm Panels: These storm panels are permanently installed on one or both sides of the windows and doors of a residence. They can be easily unfolded like an accordion when needed. When these storm panels are unfolded, they completely cover the window or door they are protecting and fasten together or to an adjoining wall with steel screws. Since they are permanently installed, accordion storm panels can be easily moved into place by one person.
Colonial Storm Panels: These storm panels are mounted on either side of a window or door and pivot on steel hinges so they can be quickly moved into place. Colonial storm panels look very similar to interior shutters so they can easily blend with the style of a residential building. Colonial storm panels can be created to protect windows of any shape including those with curved tops and/or bottoms.
Bahama Storm Panels: These storm panels are permanently attached above windows and are propped open like an awning with a metal or wood brace. When not being used for storm protection, Bahama storm panels can provide shade to the windows that they cover. The metal or wood brace that is used to raise and lower these panels can slide along the sides of the panels so that they can be opened or closed in varying degrees.
Roll-Down Storm Panels: These storm panels are permanently rolled up above a window or door and are very inconspicuous when not in use. Roll-down storm panels can be partially rolled down and used to shade a window or door when desired. When completely rolled down, these storm panels are bolted with steel screws to a bar at the bottom of the window or door that they cover.
Corrugated Storm Panels: These storm panels are not permanently mounted to your windows or doors. The individual storm panels can be stored away in a garage or store room when not in use. You can install these panels by sliding them into a holding bar above your windows or doors and bolting them in place with steel screws to another bar below. Corrugated storm panels are extremely strong and can be very effective in severe high winds and stormy weather.
Storm Panel Maintenance: Once a year, you can unfold or move your storm panels into place to check that they are in good working order and can be installed quickly when needed. At that time, you can wipe them down with soap and water or an appropriate spray cleaner to remove any accumulated dust or dirt. Allow your storm panels to completely dry before returning them to their storage position.
If you live in an area that can be hit by severe storms, check with a construction contractor for the most appropriate styles and materials for storm panels. Ask your contractor to make a site visit to see your windows and doors in person and give you a cost and time estimate for installation. With good research and pre-planning, you can make sure that your residence is safe and secure in any weather condition.
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