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Encyclopedia > Hurricane shutters

Hurricane shutters are used to protect houses and other structures from damage caused by storms. They are frequently constructed from steel or aluminum, but homeowners sometimes use the low-cost alternative of plywood. The shutters are affixed to the outside of the building with screws or a track system. Advanced shutters may be motorized, and they may fold away when not in use. See also list of house types. ... A rolling thundercloud over Enschede, Netherlands Heavy storm brought by Typhoon Sanvu in Hong Kong. ... The old steel cable of a colliery winding tower Steel is a metal alloy whose major component is iron, with carbon being the primary alloying material. ... Aluminum is a soft and lightweight metal with a dull silvery appearance, due to a thin layer of oxidation that forms quickly when it is exposed to air. ... Plywood was the first type of engineered wood to be invented. ... A motor is a device that converts energy into mechanical power, and is often synonymous with engine. ...


Hurricane shutters are used to prevent windows from being broken by flying objects during a storm. The presence of windows during a storm is considered crucial; when a window is broken, the air pressure may rise inside a building, causing the roof to break apart. This, in turn, weakens the walls of the structure, causing the walls to fall and the entire building to collapse. Hurricane shutters stop this chain reaction from happening by shuttering the openings with a strong, durable, waterproof material.


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Hurricane proof building // Storm surge considerations Beach front buildings must withstand the ocean rising 20 or more feet. ...


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Hurricane shutter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (487 words)
Hurricane shutters are used in Hurricane mitigation to protect houses and other structures from damage caused by storms.
Hurricane shutters are used to prevent windows from being broken by flying objects during a storm.
Hurricane shutters stop this chain reaction from happening by shuttering the openings with a strong, durable, waterproof material.
Storm Central for the Florida Keys (1205 words)
Shutters are a first line of defense against the hurricane.
Shutters will protect your house and possessions from wind damage whether you are there or not.
Ensure that the shutters or their anchors are installed by qualified workmen and that quality materials that meet the building code for your area are used.
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