Hurricane shutters are one of the best ways to protect your home or business from storm damage. However, traditional metal shutters and storm panels do have their disadvantages due to the fact that they completely block off your glass, cutting off your visibility and natural light.
If you want to maintain some level of visibility and allow natural light into your home or commercial building, you might be considering clear hurricane shutters or clear storm panels.
In this article we’re going to take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of clear hurricane panels and tell you about an even better solution we have for you to prevent storm damage during hurricane season and throughout the rest of the year.
What Exactly Are Transparent Hurricane Shutters?
And How Clear Hurricane Panels Are Better Than Metal Hurricane Panels
Clear hurricane shutters, also known as clear storm panels, are clear, typically corrugated plastic panels that fit over your glass doors and windows to protect the glass from storm damage.
They are very similar to metal hurricane panels in that you must install them over your windows before a storm hits, which is typically done by screwing them into the surrounding framing or wall. However, clear panels have some clear advantages over their metal counterparts.
Advantages of transparent hurricane panels:
- Lightweight and easy to install/use
- Easy to store
- No sharp metal edges
- Can be left installed for the whole hurricane season
- Provide affordable and approved storm protection
- Maintain curb appeal of homes/don’t make businesses look closed
- Allow natural light into your home or business
Though clear hurricane shutters are definitely a more aesthetically pleasing option than metal panels, they’re still not ideal for everyone.
Since these clear panels are typically corrugated, the visibility through your glass doors and windows won’t be perfect and anyone who does more than just glance at your home or business will be able to notice the panels.
Besides that, the plastic is prone to scratching, so you have to be careful if you’re installing the panels over rough surfaces like concrete or stucco walls. Over time, the panels can start to look the worse for wear and become less transparent, resulting in less visibility and natural light.
If you’re starting to feel discouraged while you read this because you’re thinking you’ll never find that clear hurricane protection you’re looking for, don’t worry — we have another solution that might be perfect for you and your property!
Riot Glass™ Clear Hurricane Panels
The Best Permanent Hurricane Protection for Homes and Businesses
Riot Glass™ is our proprietary line of laminated security glass that is designed to protect your home or business against a wide range of threats, including hurricanes and storm damage.
Unlike traditional metal storm shutters and clear storm panels, Riot Glass™ is virtually invisible and once it’s installed you don’t ever have to take it down or treat it any differently than your regular window glass. Sounds great, right?
Here’s how it works in three simple steps:
- We conduct a threat assessment/consultation to determine your property’s needs
- Riot Glass™ panels are custom-made to fit your windows and doors perfectly
- The laminated glass panels can be retrofitted into or onto your existing framing
These clear panels consist of a thermoplastic interlayer laminated between two sheets of glass. This unique composition means the security glass is extremely robust and resistant to all kinds of high-speed, forceful impacts, making them ideal for protecting your glass during a storm.
Riot Glass™ is available in many different thicknesses and weights, so there are a wide variety of options available to choose from to meet your hurricane protection needs (and budget).
Benefits of Riot Glass™ for hurricane protection:
- Virtually invisible
- Doesn’t detract from visibility or block natural light
- Maintains the curb appeal of your home or business
- Can be retrofitted over your existing glass
- Doesn’t shatter due to impacts from storm debris
- Very cost-effective
- Provides permanent, year-round protection
- One-time installation
- Looks and feels like standard window glass
- Protects against other types of threats
Riot Glass™ was designed to fill a gap in the market for a highly adaptable security glass product that doesn’t require you to sacrifice visibility and aesthetic appeal in the name of security.
Besides providing an extremely high level of protection against storm damage, these glass laminate panels are very effective at thwarting forced entry attempts. This makes them the ideal solution for securing your home against both natural and man-made threats.
Once you install Riot Glass™ on your home or commercial building, you can rest easy knowing that your glass doors and windows are safe and sound behind an invisible barrier.
Contact us today for more information about how we can help you protect your home or business from hurricane damage or to schedule a consultation.