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In recent years, the Florida Building Code has strengthened its requirements for hurricane protection on homes as a proactive way to reduce the damage caused to residents by hurricanes. Coastal areas have building codes requiring wind-borne debris protection in hurricane-prone areas. While builders and architects should be aware of the code requirements, you must protect yourself by ensuring the products you plan to use meet code requirements. Ask to see the products’ certification documents for windows, doors, and shutters and verify acceptance with your local building department. Plywood shutters have specific requirements, so be sure to check the regulations in your area for further details. Keep in mind that window film and masking tape do not meet building code requirements for wind-borne debris protection, and many deed-restricted communities regulate when and for how long shutters may remain installed.
When protection is needed.
Keeping wind and water out is critical to your home’s survival. Hurricane protection should be a planned element of any vulnerable home. Plywood should be a last-minute alternative, and if used, must be properly fastened. It should be noted that plywood is more expensive over time because it does not qualify for insurance discounts and must be replaced periodically. Impact-resistant products, on the other hand, are a long-term benefit to your home and often qualify for insurance discounts.