Is Plywood a Real Hurricane Shutter?

plywood blogIn a short answer, NO. While plywood has been used in the past to ‘shutter’ houses, there are very real and specific issues with using plywood to protect your home, your family and your possessions.

Plywood CAN be considered a “Code-Approved” hurricane protection product, but only when installed with very specific hardware pieces and using very detailed installation methods. It’s safe to say that 99% of homeowners using plywood are not following the “Code-Approved” methods of installation.

In cases where there are no other options, plywood is regarded as a “better than nothing” solution for temporary hurricane protection, but chances are pretty good that the plywood sheets will get wet, will warp and won’t be adequate for usage a second time. Replacing your plywood with standard metal storm panels can be an affordable and much more reliable method for securing your home during a storm.