Photo of hurricane Fran - 1999

Lowcountry Storm Panels

Economical Polycarbonate Storm Panels for the DIY'er

Photo of hurricane Fran - 1999
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About Lowcountry Storm Panels
Lowcountry Storm Panels is located in Okatie, SC between Beaufort, SC and Savannah, GA where our products are warehoused. Our company was formed in late 2005 by Bill Hobson following an extensive search for a better alternative to plywood. After installing polycarbonate storm panels (i.e. polycarbonate hurricane panels) on his own home, he was so impressed with the product that he decided to strike up a business relationship with the manufacturer (Gallina, USA) and become a distributor for the Southeastern US. Over the years we have shipped our products everywhere from Hawaii to the Caribbean Islands and to customers located in all of the Gulf and Atlantic coasts states.

Our business model is constructed on a high-volume (via the Internet), low-margin approach and, while you might also find these products at local retailers, we believe that you will find that our prices will consistently remain competitive.

Our principal marketing efforts are aimed at homeowners with a Do-it-Yourself capability. Whereas the installation of many of the alternative panels in the marketplace requires many specialized (and expensive) mounting devices, polycarbonate panels can easily be attached using common household tools. Once the attachment devices are installed into the structure, the process of actually mounting the panels can easily be done by one person in a matter of minutes. To validate this, I had my wife mount our largest panel (a 6' x7' piece) by herself and she had absolutely no problem doing so. For very large panels the technique is to install 2 short threaded rods about 3" long and slide the panel over those rods to hold the panel up while the rest of the screws are put in. Then, the threaded rods are removed and replaced by screws and VIOLA! it's done.

The essential purpose of any hurricane or storm panel is to prevent the windows from blowing into the home. If the windows fail, the roof is very likely to be blown off by lifting forces from within. Once the roof goes, the sidewalls are typically next. Maintaining the integrity of the building "envelope" (by making a  reasonable attempt at keeping the storm on the outside of the home) can mean the difference between having a house and not having a house after a severe storm. Don't wait until a category 5 hurricane is bearing down on you to consider protecting your home.

For additional information on extruded structural polycarbonate sheets, visit www.gallinausa.com.

UPDATE: On 7/1/18 control of Lowcountry Storm Panels was assumed by its new owner, Mr. Fred Hogshead. He will be operating the business from its original address in Okatie, SC as he has also purchased my previous home after I relocated to Central Florida..

Lowcountry Storm Panels
Mr. Fred Hogshead
42 Chechessee Bluff Circle
Okatie SC 29909
(843)247-9463