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The Ultimate Guide to Hurricane Panels

Hurricane Panels

Are you considering aluminum or clear hurricane panels for your home? This comprehensive guide covers the benefits, installation process, and maintenance tips for these popular storm protection products.

If you live in a hurricane-prone area, protecting your home is of utmost importance. One solution that has gained popularity is hurricane panels. These panels are specifically designed to withstand the fierce winds and storm surges that hurricanes bring with them. They are easy to install and remove, making them a practical and efficient solution for hurricane protection. With various materials and styles available, including aluminum and polycarbonate, there is a hurricane panel that will suit your specific needs and budget. Don’t leave the safety of your home to chance during hurricane season—invest in hurricane panels for peace of mind and protection.

Quick Overview

While the most difficult shutter to install, hurricane panels are a popular choice for homeowners because they are affordable, easy to install, and can be reused year after year.

.050 BERTHA™ Aluminum
Clear Impact Resistant Polycarbonate
Long lasting, can be put up season after season
Easy to store, stack 7 to an inch
Most affordable shutter option

Installation Process

Installing hurricane panels is a relatively simple, albeit laborious process that can be done by homeowners with basic tools and DIY skills. After our technicians install the tracks and/or bolts your responsibility before a storm is simply to deploy them. We label the panels, so your responsibility is moving the panels to the correct location on your home and securing them using the provided wing nuts. We suggest finding a close spot to store the panels, as the stack adds up quickly in weight as they weigh approximately 1lb/sqft.

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Comparisons with Other Shutters


Panels are more discreet than accordions
Accordions are far easier to use
Panels are suitable for most openings
Panels do not need maintenance apart from aesthetics
Accordions should be used 1x a month
Panels do not provide security except when deployed for a storm
Can be easily closed from inside


Manual rolldowns are 2-3x the price
Automatic rolldowns are even more and need the ability to be electrified
Needs routine maintenance and use to perform to expectations
Panels do not provide security except when deployed for a stormList item
Electric rolldowns are the easiest shutter to use and can be operated by cellphone
Can be easily closed from inside

Hurricane Screens

Less expensive than rolldowns, but still far more than penal
Generally cover a large area, so expensive
Screens are the best options to enclose patios and other large areas
Screens are not suggested to be placed directly in front of openings due to deflection
Can be operated by cellphone
Can be easily closed from inside

Bahamas and Colonials

Most expensive shutters, but add the most value
Our most attractive shutter
Bahamas/Colonials are vastly easier to deploy
Bahamas cannot be placed over doors
We do not suggest placing Bahamas on decks
Bahamas can easily be closed from inside

Flat Polycarbonate (Lexan)

Fixed permanently to the window, so only used on non-operable windows
Lexan” provides permanent protection
Clear as glass, so you can see out the window (vs. aluminum panels)
Rated option (ClearTek) provides similar strength, but deployed at all times
No Maintenance

Cleaning the tracks for aesthetic value is suggested, but panels only need to be used during a storm.


Our cheapest option, panels are paid more so in labor before a storm than in money vs. other shutters.

Security During Storms

When deployed, they can provide additional security, since potential intruders would need to cut through the material or take down all the wing nuts by hand.

Energy Savings

If HOA allows, deployment of shutters when not around (or during storms) will cut down on solar gain/loss.

Pressure Resistant

We perform design pressure calculations to ensure your shutters will not blow in/out during a storm- which can cause the home to implode.

Impact Resistant

Shutters meet ASTM 1886E/1996E/e330 and/or TAS 201, 202, 203 to ensure superior protection from flying debris.

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Morehead City, NC
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Myrtle Beach, SC

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