A standard in modern homes, panels come in aluminum, steel or plastic
There are three types of panels: Steel, Aluminum or Plastic
These shutters attach to the walls around windows and doors on bolts or tracks. Storm panels are corrugated, and each piece overlaps the next for maximum strength.
Steel is the cheapest type of hurricane panel. Heavy and durable, these are the most traditional and tested panels.
Aluminum shutters are twice as thick and half the weight of a galvanized steel panel. If you live near the coast it is highly recommended that you choose aluminum shutters.
Becoming increasingly popular in the last few decades, plastic panels offer the advantage of being see-through, light, and just as durable as the steel and aluminum counterpart.
Of the permanent shutter solutions, these storm panels are the
most affordable option. They are also removable and will not
change the aesthetic of your home when they are not in use. And,
most importantly, these coverings are strong and durable, giving
you high quality protection for windows and doors.
A major drawback is that your large storm panels require storage when they are not in use. And you can’t simply stack them outside, or they might rust. So they will take up space in your garage or shed. Also, because the panels are large, they can be heavy and difficult to hang. Some may even have sharp edges or corners that can be dangerous. Usually installation will take more than one person to line up the bolts and secure them. Also, storm panels may not line up properly. Some homeowners forget to check the storm panels when they purchase a home, and later discover panels are missing, improperly sized, or too heavy to install.