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What Factors Should You Consider When Buying Storm Panels

If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, you may be looking at buying storm panels. Storm panels are designed to either replace your windows or cover them, ensuring the glass does not shatter everywhere during a storm, and preventing outdoor elements, such as rain and mud, from entering a shattered window. There are many factors to consider when selecting storm panels that you may know about, such as whether you want clear ones that act as windows or traditional ones that cover your windows, the cost of the panel and what material the panel is made from. However, there are many other factors that you may be unaware of. Here are a few of the lesser known factors you should consider as you shop for storm panels:

How They're Installed

Some storm panels are designed to replace your windows. They are clear, and they are made from an impact-resistant material. Other storm panels sit outside your windows like shutters. When a storm is drawing near, you go outside and close them. Others are designed to be installed outside of the window as a storm comes near and then removed when the storm has passed. They are not designed to sit in the sun and withstand elements day in and day out. They are often cheaper but require work. As such, you need to consider whether the shutters you are buying are designed to install and uninstall and if you want shutters that function like that.

Their Appearance

Storm panels are primarily designed to be functional. They are designed to ensure your windows do not shatter during a hurricane. However, different brands of storm panels have different looks to them. Some may be plain and basic, while others come with designs, colors, and patterns to them. If they are going to be sitting outside of your windows year-round, you may want a storm panel that has an appearance or aesthetic that adds curb appeal to your home. As such, you need to take into account the appearance of the storm panel, as well as its function.

Bonus Features

The last factor you should consider when buying storm panels is any bonus features the shutters offer. Some storm panels are being designed to be multi-functional. Instead of only protecting your windows from a hurricane, they may also be used to keep burglars out while you are on vacation or to insulate your windows when it is hot or cold. Some even offer an added sound barrier, insulating a nursery from loud street traffic or keeping sounds from band practice in your home from disturbing your neighbors. As you shop for storm panels, pay attention to what other features the panels may offer when closed.

As you shop for storm panels, there are many factors you need to consider. Learning what these factors are will help you find the panels that are ideal for your home. Contact a company like The Screen Shop Inc for more information and assistance.