Now that hurricane season is here and in full force, you are going to start to see a lot of advertisements for hurricane protection systems such as:
- Impact Windows and Doors
- Hurricane Shutters such as accordion shutter or storm panels
- Window Film
While you should do your research on all the above items, before you decide to invest your money, you need to have extra caution when you start to look into window film. Window film was first designed for vehicles and then the manufacturers started to solicit homeowners as well, but keep in mind film or tints are designed with a sole purpose, to provide ultraviolet ray protection from the sun light, not as a hurricane protection device.
Using window tints for hurricane protection really isn’t much better than using tape on your windows, which I hope you are not doing, if you are, then you really need to look into it, using tape is one of the biggest myths in the hurricane protection industry.
Now what a window tint salesperson will tell you is that adhesive that comes with the film will help to keep the glass from shattering and maybe it will if you kids throw a baseball into the windows, but there is no way a thin piece of tint is going to stand up to flying debris that is traveling at 50 miles per hour.
To protect your windows you need to either use plywood, shutters or impact resistant windows, as of right now, those are the only devices that can offer you protection against wind borne objects that could break your sliding glass doors or windows.
Hurricane windows have multiple panes of glass with a middle layer in between each laminated glass pane, these windows and doors actually go under testing, where missiles are fired into them to test their strength and durability.