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How to protect your home from hurricanes

Hurricane Screen

by Jennifer Rivera

When we think about protecting our homes from a hurricane, typically shutters come to mind.  But a south florida company has an alternative.

Bill Guthrie has invented a hurricane screen that serves multiple purposes, the primary one being storm protection.

Mounted to a heavy duty aluminum frame.   It attaches directly to your home just outside your window, and never has to be removed. The screens can also be opened from the inside for emergency exits.

Guthrie says the screen has passed impact tests that meet both Miami/Dade and American Society for testing and materials standards. But his company has also done it's own tests, such as trying to cut through it with a knife, putting it under the wheel of a pickup truck, hitting it with a hammer, and jumping on it like a trampoline. They've also done an energy test by comparing their screen with a tint film on a window.

Guthrie says residents are taking notice of his new product.

So how much do these hurricane screens cost? Anywhere from 20 to 45 dollars a square foot.

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