Hurricane Impact Windows Library

On this page, you will find a compilation of industry links about hurricane protection and hurricane impact windows. We have carefully selected articles and videos that provide key knowledge about the use of hurricane impact windows and their particular characteristics.

How to Choose Hurricane Protection

A very illustrative video outlining five different ways of protection your house's openings against hurricanes. Even though this video was published on April 2016, the content remains very much current. Tommy Silva starts off by explaining a homeowner how hurricane protection devices are tested by using a canon that launches a 2 x 4 piece of lumber at 34 miles per hour. Although we are well aware that dangerous hurricanes sustain wind speeds well over 100 miles per hour, the 34-mile-per-hour rate is considered to be the typical speed at which hurricane-driven winds pick up and carry away large objects. The main purpose of the video is to document the testing of OSB (oriented strand board, is a type of engineered wood similar to particle board) sheets, a plywood board, a ballistic nylon, accordion shutters and, lastly, an impact-resistant window. At the end of the video, you will be able to find how each hurricane protection option stood up to the test.

Source: Ask This Old House | Dated: April 23, 2016


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