Photo of hurricane Fran - 1999

Lowcountry Storm Panels

Economical Polycarbonate Storm Panels for the DIY'er

Photo of hurricane Fran - 1999
Covering Large Openings, Like Sliding Glass Doors
Theoretically, a 72" wide panel will effectively cover a 64" wide opening (when allowing 4" on each side for overlap). Openings wider than 64", therefore, present an engineering challenge as it would be a large mistake not to provide support where adjacent panels meet. To address this challenge, we offer two possible solutions. The first involves the use of an Aluminum extrusion in the form of an upper-case "H" (sort of - see the Photos and Videos page for a close-up of this extrusion). This product provides the necessary support where two panels abut one another. The second involves the use of two of our lower-case "h" extrusions attached to opposite edges of a 2x4 or 2x6. In either case, it is necessary to securely anchor the tops and bottoms of these center supports to something solid. Please also note that the panel should be fully engaged into the extrusion(s), i.e. the full 1.5" depth of the "throat" in the channel. (As mentioned on the Products/Pricing page, these items have not undergone any specific laboratory testing, but are believed to be adequate for this purpose.) Use your browser's "Back" button to return to the previous page.