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I live in south florida and I need to have ALL window openings protected in case of a hurricane, which includes skylights (or I dont get my insurance premium reduced). I am getting shutters for all my other windows and sliding doors, What can I do with my skylights? I doubt, although I am unsure, that they are impact glass currently. Help!

3 Thoughts on I’m getting hurricane shutters, but what should I do to protect my skylights?
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    November 13, 2011 at 4:04 am

    I think you may have to have a contractor make a custom made frame with a channel you can slide a plywood piece into. You would have to get on the roof to do this and keep the plywood in storage when not being used. I would talk to a local contractor for other ideas.

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    Ed z
    November 13, 2011 at 4:26 am

    You might want to replace them with storm certified skylights. You could buy storm panels and have your contractor put the mounts up on your roof for the panels, but you would have to climb up to install them. Most panel hardware allows for up to 4 inches (4 inch H headers) so if you sky light is higher than that you might have to get custom hardware.

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    LI_ NY
    November 13, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Unless the skylights have been installed within the last year they are not Impact glass which passes for the certification. You can have the old ones removed and new skylights installed with impact glass then you will not need the shutters. If you have someone build something to put over it you will have to be able to get it up on the roof with 5 minutes ( I think ) you have to be able to attatch it within a certain amount of time. Just get new skylights.

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