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How Secure is Your Door?

Have you ever heard the saying that a lock is only as strong as the door that you install it in? It's a saying for a reason -- because it's true. You could have the strongest deadbolt in the world, and it won't matter if you have a door that's easy to kick in. Upgrading your door could do a lot to improve your home's security. Old front doors and seldom-used back doors are often the weakest links in a home's security. In this blog, I'll be giving tips and advice for choosing and maintaining secure entry doors for your home. Don't overlook this important safety issue -- make sure that your door can help protect your home.


How Secure is Your Door?

Three Reasons You Should Consider Investing In Storm Panels For Your Oceanfront Home

Josephine Carroll

When you're buying your first home in a coastal area and you've opted for something on the waterfront, it's important that you understand and respect the dangers that coastal storms can pose. Hurricanes can cause heavy damage if you're not properly prepared, and if you've never lived in an area like this, you may not know what to do. One of the things that you should consider installing is storm panels for your windows. Here are four reasons to consider the investment.

They Provide Extra Protection For Your Windows

Because of the wind speed that typically comes with hurricanes as they come in off the ocean, your windows, even impact-resistant windows, are at risk of damage from flying debris. If you install storm panels in front of your windows, they form an additional barrier between the debris and your windows. This can actually stop many projectiles from ever reaching your windows, or significantly slow others, which can minimize damage.

They Are Available In Many Different Types

If you're hesitant to consider storm panels because you're worried about them being unattractive or not matching your home's overall decor, you might be surprised. You can choose from many different storm panel types, so there's sure to be one to fit your style need as well as your budget.  

Although it's the most expensive option, galvanized steel is the strongest of the material options. Second in strength and protection is aluminum, and it's a bit more affordable. It's also lighter in weight, making them easier to install before a storm. The most affordable of the options is usually lexan, and it's often selected for its transparent properties. That allows you to see the storm outside even while you enjoy the protection of the panels.

They Are Easy To Store

Obviously, you won't want storm panels over your windows all year long, especially if you opt for a metal variety. The good news is that these panels are not only easy to put on your windows, they're also easy to take off and store in a garage or storage unit. They're fairly flat, so you can stack many together without taking up hardly any space. If you choose lexan panels, though, you can put them up at the start of storm season and leave them in place. When you do that, you're never surprised by an unexpected storm.

As you can see, storm panels are definitely worth the investment, especially when you're living in an area that's prone to direct hurricane hits.