How Can You Protect Your Glass Patio Doors This Hurricane Season?

Posted on: 14 October 2015

It's the middle of hurricane season. If you live in a high-risk area, failing to protect your glass patio doors can result in broken glass, water damage and even terrible injuries. You should have a plan in place that will allow you to protect your glass doors in the event that a storm comes to your community. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can protect your glass doors. You can pick one or several different methods, depending on what's right for you.

Clear Plastic Hurricane Film

Hurricane film can easily be installed before a hurricane comes and can be left up all year round. In fact, hurricane film blocks ultraviolet light, which benefits the homeowner all year round. This film can be installed as a DIY project and can be placed over pre-existing glass, which means that you won't have to replace your door in order to ensure the glass is protected.

Storm Shutters

Storm shutters are made to be rolled down or folded over your glass patio doors during a hurricane. Storm shutters are very convenient because they're permanently attached to your house. Closing and opening storm shutters is very easy. As an added benefit, storm shutters can also be used to provide extra protection for your house when you're going away on a trip.

High-Impact Patio Door Glass

High-impact glass is useful at all times of the year, not just during hurricane season. High-impact glass resists breakage from human activity as well as wind, and therefore can help burglar-proof your house. The downside of high-impact glass is that it's best to install it with the door. If the door doesn't have high-impact glass already, you'll have to find a contractor that can take out the old glass and install new glass.

Plywood Covers

Installing plywood covers is a DIY project. Plywood is relatively inexpensive and will completely protect your patio doors. In fact, in addition to protecting the glass, plywood even protects the door itself from blowing out of the frame. The downside to plywood is that it can only be installed at the last minute. Plywood also necessitates anchors and screws to be installed around the door frame, and that's not attractive.

Waiting until the last minute can necessitate glass door repair. If you don't have a plan in place to protect your glass patio doors, keep the number for a local glass door repair company on hand. Knowing who to call will help you get back on your feet quickly after the next big storm. Contact a company like Cheaper Window Glass for more info.