About Fabric Storm Panels
Fabric storm panels, also known as wind abatement screens, are touted as an effective alternative to traditional plywood or shutters. They consist of a strong, lightweight layer of woven fabric that is coated with a geo-synthetic PVC material. This reinforced material is then used to cover windows and doors, providing a barrier from flying projectiles and wind-blown rain.
You might find it hard to believe that fabric can provide sufficient protection against storm debris hurtling at over 100 miles per hour, but coverings are available that meet or exceed building code standards set by ASTM International for hurricane protection.
Advantages of Fabric Storm Panels
Fabric storm panels have many advantages over traditional plywood or metal storm shutters, including:
Lightweight and easy to handle.
Can be put up and taken down quickly by one person.
May fold or roll up for easy storage.
Translucent material allows light to illuminate home.
There are several fabric storm panel systems available, such as:
Grommet – The easiest to install for the do-it-yourselfer. The material is fastened to your windows or doors with grommets. Panels are easy to put up and take down and roll up for storage.
Rolling Screen – Permanently attached device located above your windows or doors that can be lowered at a moments notice either manually or by an electric motor.
Slide Screen – Panels slide into brackets that are mounted to your home.
Strap and Buckle – Straps and buckles are sewn into the screen and fit around eyehooks or are strapped to columns. Allow easy exit in case of emergency.