Hurricane Screen

What is hurricane screen made of?

There are several different hurricane screen manufactures – each offering a different type of fabric (at different price points). Some companies offer several different colors of fabric screens to match your home. 

The types of woven fabric used in creating hurricane screens include:

  • Laminated or cast PVC
  • Polyamide (used to make body armor)
  • Polypropylene 

Polyamide and polypropylene screens are also coated in a synthetic PVC material to enhance tensile strength and protect the fabric from damaging UV rays.

How does hurricane screen work?

Hurricane screen works like a large trampoline, distributing impact forces across the screen to the mounting points so that wind, rain, and debris bounce off. They block most water but are not waterproof. Hurricane screen is approved by Florida and Miami-Dade building codes for use in residential and commercial hurricane preparedness.

What does hurricane screen look like?

Beautiful home protected lanai with black hurricane screen

Are storm screens effective?

Florida Building Code approved, storm screens protect your home from winds over 200 miles per hour and can also withstand large missile impacts (which doesn’t mean a warhead will accidentally be launched during the next storm – just that large objects flying through the air at a high velocity are also called missiles). 

Storm screens are made from tightly woven materials to protect your home or business from wind borne debris impacts, hurricane force winds, and intense rain. Although they are very lightweight, they provide the same protection as other types of hurricane shutters.

What are the pros and cons of installing hurricane screen?

Pros of Installing Hurricane Screen

  • Covers architectural designs like archways and other irregularly-shaped structures
  • Easy exit in case of emergency
  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Fits over any size opening including lanais, entryways, or garage doors
  • Folds or rolls up for compact storage
  • Lightweight
  • See-through, does not block natural light
  • Strong and durable

Cons of Installing Hurricane Screen

  • Looks baggy instead of taut (engineered this way to to improve strength)
  • Not a water-tight barrier

Compare & Choose Hurricane Shutters

If you’re not sure which hurricane shutters are best for your home, give us a call. We’re available for a free in-home consultation and would be happy to help you choose hurricane shutters that:

  • Look beautiful
  • Are easy for you to install 
  • Protect your home and family
  • Fit into your budget
  • Meet all your needs

How much does it cost to install hurricane screen?

The average cost to purchase a storm screen from the local big box home improvement store is about $75 for a 44”x72” screen. Screens larger than 88”x156” can cost over $300. These types of screens are typically attached using clips and fasteners which are sold separately for an additional cost.

Other options for installing hurricane screens include:

  • Grommet attachments
  • Rolling screen
  • Slide screen
  • Strap and buckle

With professional installation the cost for storm screens ranges between $20-$30 per square foot.

How to install hurricane screen

The easiest hurricane screen for DIY homeowners is the grommet method. The storm screen is attached to windows or doors with grommets. 

Hurricane screens with straps and buckles are another installation method. Each screen panel has sewn-on straps and buckles which fit around eye hooks or can be strapped around the columns in your lanai or entryway. The strap and buckle hurricane screen allows easy exit in case of emergencies.

Other storm screens include rolling screens and slide screens. Rolling screens are permanently attached to your home above windows or doors and can be lowered when needed either manually or by electric motor. 

Slide screens are made of screen panels which slide into brackets mounted on either side of the opening to be protected.

There are DIY kits available at big box home improvement stores. We might be biased, but we think protecting your home from the devastating effects of a hurricane should be left to the professionals. We’d be happy to talk about what kind of hurricane protection you would like for your home and the best options to prepare your home for the next hurricane season.

2020 is going to be a BIG year for hurricanes. Take action NOW to protect your home from the next major storm.

How long does it take to install hurricane screen?

After the initial installation by expert storm shutter installers, it might take a homeowner about an hour to install hurricane screens on an average size residential home. For larger homes or commercial buildings, installing hurricane screens may take a small crew a few hours to complete. This varies based on the type of hurricane screens that were installed, but they are still easy to handle and put in place.

How to maintain hurricane screen

Here are the steps to maintaining your hurricane screen to protect your investment. After use, 

  1. Wash away dirt and debris using soap and water.
  2. If you notice stains, use a gentle laundry detergent and scrub brush.
  3. Rinse the screens with clean water.
  4. To prevent mildew, allow screens to dry completely before storing.
  5. Roll or fold hurricane screens and place into storage.

When to use hurricane shutters

The National Hurricane Center recommends putting up your hurricane shutters when a hurricane watch is issued for your area. 

  • A hurricane watch is issued whenever tropical storm conditions are expected to begin within 48 hours. 
  • Hurricane warnings are issued when tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours.

When do I need to remove my storm screens?

In Volusia county, hurricane coverings need to be removed from the home no later than November 30th each year. The end of November marks the end of peak hurricane season.

Every city has its own codes and ordinances regarding hurricane coverings. Some require hurricane coverings to be removed within 72 hours of a “storm event”. Homeowners associations may also impose their own regulations regarding hurricane shutters and screens. Follow the rules of the most specific governing sources. For example, a homeowners association’s rules supersede the codes of your city. If you do not have a HOA, then follow the codes of your city or municipality. If the city in which you live does not have regulations regarding the removal of hurricane shutters, then follow county codes.

Where to store storm screens

Hurricane screens should be stored in dry areas, out of direct sunlight. Be sure to wash the storm screens after use to remove debris and dry them completely before storing to prevent mildew. Do not store under heavy objects or in high-traffic areas.

Which hurricane shutters are best?

The best hurricane shutters:

  • Protect your home from hurricane damage
  • Fit into your budget
  • Maintain your home’s curb appeal
  • Are convenient to deploy
  • Give you peace of mind

In other words, the best hurricane shutters depend upon factors unique to you and your needs. We’d love the opportunity to create the right storm protection solution for your home or business. So call today!

Pros & Cons of Each Type of Hurricane Shutter

Pros of Accordion Shutters

  • Can be locked and secured to prevent theft
  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Fits over any size window or door
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Strong and durable

Cons of Accordion Shutters

  • Blocks exits in case of emergency (see below)
  • Bulky – may look bad on some types of homes
  • Tracks may wear down over time

Pros of Bahama Shutters

  • Colors are fully customizable
  • Decorative and durable
  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Provides shade and protection

Cons of Bahama Shutters

  • Used for windows only

Pros of Colonial Shutters

  • Adds to curb appeal of the home
  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Strong and durable

Cons of Colonial Shutters

  • Installing the storm bar or center rod to lock the shutters in preparation for a storm increases installation time.

Pros of Roll Down Shutters

  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Strong and durable 

Cons of Roll Down Shutters 

  • Requires quarterly maintenance
  • Tracks may wear down over time

Pros of Hurricane Panels

  • Fits over any size window or door
  • Least expensive hurricane covering
  • Lightweight
  • Removable – doesn’t alter curb appeal
  • Strong and durable

Cons of Hurricane Panels

  • May have sharp edges
  • More than one person needed to install
  • Panels may not line up properly
  • Requires labelling and proper organization
  • Requires storage space
  • Takes more than an hour to install