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Old 08-25-2019, 08:40 PM
 
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Hey everyone,
With hurricane season here, and finally settled in the house, we are looking into potentially getting window protection for future hurricanes. We are probably looking mostly at storm panels with a few accordions on the second floor so I don’t have to fall and die while installing panels.
I have found Custom Storm Shutters Direct and First Coast Hurricane Shutters as well as Lowe’s. Does anyone have any experience with any of those companies? Obviously we’re concerned with quality of product as well as installation... while trying to not break the bank.
Looking for good and bad with any of those companies.
Other recommendations are welcome also!
Thanks!

Soflguy
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Old 08-28-2019, 10:04 AM
 
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Hey everyone,
With hurricane season here, and finally settled in the house, we are looking into potentially getting window protection for future hurricanes. We are probably looking mostly at storm panels with a few accordions on the second floor so I don’t have to fall and die while installing panels.
I have found Custom Storm Shutters Direct and First Coast Hurricane Shutters as well as Lowe’s. Does anyone have any experience with any of those companies? Obviously we’re concerned with quality of product as well as installation... while trying to not break the bank.
Looking for good and bad with any of those companies.
Other recommendations are welcome also!
Thanks!

Soflguy
Try Visionaire Windows. They used to carry and install hurricane fabric screens, which are far easier to install and remove than panels. With that in mind, you might check to see if you already have impact windows in your home, in which case no hurricane protection would be needed. There was a period of time here in NE Florida where the HVWZ (High Velocity Wind Zone) rating required that impact resistant windows be installed on all new homes east of I-95, so that's what was installed for several years.

If you have those types of windows, a piece of debris will go through your wall easier than through the windows.

The HVWZ map was changed about 6 years ago though, and only a small piece of southern St. Johns county is included in that category, which still required the impact resistant windows.

THWT
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Old 08-28-2019, 11:04 AM
 
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Get those window panels now:
https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/gra...?cone#contents
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Old 08-28-2019, 02:10 PM
 
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Try Visionaire Windows. They used to carry and install hurricane fabric screens, which are far easier to install and remove than panels. With that in mind, you might check to see if you already have impact windows in your home, in which case no hurricane protection would be needed. There was a period of time here in NE Florida where the HVWZ (High Velocity Wind Zone) rating required that impact resistant windows be installed on all new homes east of I-95, so that's what was installed for several years.

If you have those types of windows, a piece of debris will go through your wall easier than through the windows.

The HVWZ map was changed about 6 years ago though, and only a small piece of southern St. Johns county is included in that category, which still required the impact resistant windows.

THWT
I just looked and it doesn't look like they do it anymore. I had Reliant over today and Jeff seemed knowledgeable and their prices seemed fair based on what I have seen online. I'll have to look into my windows... I'd love to think they are impact resistant, but have a feeling that I'm not that lucky.

Thanks for the help... too bad I didn't do this a few months ago!
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