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Old 03-31-2012, 11:20 PM
 
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Default radiant barriers and hurricane shutters

i was wondering if radiant barriers are recommended in the attic to keep it cooler in the summer? also, what do you use on the windows to keep as much heat out of the house as possible? do they really make a difference?

i'll be moving to gulfport in the summer and was wondering what type of hurricane shutters do most people have along the gulf coast? my budget is more towards the homemade 5/8" plywood or the corrugated metal sheets. are they worth the money or should i shell out real money and get one of the permanent solutions such as accordion or roll down types?

one thought regarding the plywood is if something does break through during a storm, i can easily patch the hole up with a sheet of plywood that's a little bigger than the hole. whereas with the corrugated metal sheets, once there's a hole, i don't see how you can patch that up until the storm passes and it's safe to go outside.

thanks.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:27 AM
 
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I lived in Ocean Springs during Katrina. If you can afford it permanent shutters are best. After you board up one time with plywood, you will not want to do it again.

Myself, I would not stay for any Hurricane.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:45 AM
 
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thanks for the response. but why not with the plywood? is it because it's such a hassle to board the house up or is it something else? sorry, i've never lived in a hurricane zone before so i've no idea about the practicality of boarding up a house.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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thanks for the response. but why not with the plywood? is it because it's such a hassle to board the house up or is it something else? sorry, i've never lived in a hurricane zone before so i've no idea about the practicality of boarding up a house.
Its plain old hard work. My windows used almost a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood each.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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i was wondering if radiant barriers are recommended in the attic to keep it cooler in the summer?
I have it, and I recommend it.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:33 AM
 
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Radiant Barriers help bring down the electric bill. shutters do nothing.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Default Hurricane shutter energy savings

If your hurricane shutters don't lower your energy costs, you have the wrong ones. I have some on my windows that make a huge difference in both heating and cooling as well as making my home much quieter.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Savannah, GA
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Just ignore FreePress601. He is the resident Troll.

FreePress601, go home to momma. She has your meal waiting for you.
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