You've probably heard about White Aluminum's replacement windows Leesburg homeowners know and trust, as well as our hurricane shutters and other trusted storm solutions. But it's just as important to know what hurricane protection solutions are not recommended, so that you can avoid them for the future and advise family and friends to prepare more safely, too. Just read on to see five common storm protection solutions that don't make the cut when it comes to, well, protecting.
It should be noted that plywood is not a totally bad idea - but it should only be used as backup, a last resort when you are unable to make use of standard storm protection. Rain and everyday moisture can warp plywood, reducing its effectiveness, and it can be difficult to install plywood without the exact hardware and technique recommended by the pros for maximum safety.
(Of course, no one wants to rush to find plywood in the store and then race to install it! White Aluminum The Villages has you covered with impact-resistant windows that provide storm protection 365 days a year, no rush required.)
Tape over windows
Now, we are venturing into "don't do this" territory. Some homeowners may believe that taping an "x" over their windows provides some degree of protection against wind and changing air pressure, but this is a myth that has been debunked by official sources such as FEMA. Doing so won't prevent your windows from breaking due to high winds and debris - and in fact, it can actually cause your windows to break into larger, more dangerous pieces. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you have sub-par window protection during a storm, find a safe place away from the opening altogether.
Opening windows during hurricanes and tornadoes
Another common myth we hear about hurricanes and tornadoes is that opening your windows can equalize the pressure inside and outside of your home, reducing the chance for breakage. This isn't advised by official sources like Weather.gov, as it can let dangerous debris into your home - plus, taking the time to open your windows during a dangerous high-wind event can prevent you from finding adequate shelter.
Now that you know what doesn't protect against hurricane winds, learn what does! White Aluminum The Villages proudly provides our community with hurricane shutters, impact-resistant windows and other solutions you and your family can depend on for total peace of mind. Contact us today to learn more.