How to protect my windows in a hurricane?

Old 07-07-05, 08:18 AM
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How to protect my windows in a hurricane?

I ordered corrugated 3/8" plastic sheets I cut to cover my windows on the exterior of the house, but inside the window cavity, during a hurricane.

These panels are supposed to be attached to the windows with 3m dual lock fasteners (like velcro). BUT my windows have 1/4" channels all around them, and the fasteners on window and panel won't meet.

To put something in the channel to raise it's level will void my window warranty. So I must find another solution!

Is there a way to put some kind of fasteners on the perpendicular concrete block surrounding the aluminum windows, where I can screw something in that keeps the panels in place when the storms threaten? JanG
Old 07-09-05, 03:36 PM
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3/8" thick corragated plastic! Wow. I've bought 3/8" flat sheets. It must be heavy. What is 3/8" thick stuff normally used for? Is it made for hurricane customers?
Old 07-24-05, 11:08 AM
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I lived in the caribbean and FLA for 20yrs...most of us just used plywood, cut to extend beyond the window cavity. The reason for the covering is for flying debris (coconuts like cannonballs). you want to offset the covering from the window so the impact wont drive the covering into the window and break it. Ive never heard of attatching anything with velcro to the windows, and frankly, I dont think Id trust velcro to hold in 140kt winds, nor would I want the plastic to attatch to the window itself.

since you have the plastic and its already cut, Id see if I had the room to attatch L-brackets to the cover, and then sink lag bolts into the sill to attatch the L-brackets to. Id keep the cover at least 1-2 inches off the window pane.

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