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GREENHEAD22
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Storm protection for coastal camps, recommendations and ideas!

So we are still rebuilding from and am using this to try and better fortify the camp.

One idea I am having is to install lattice on our balcony to act as a wind break, our door was blown in and was one of the catalyst for a lot of the damage we had. Am I wrong that this would work?

Also anyone have any good idea for window protection or recommendations?

TIA


StrikeIndicator
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If possible, have an outswing front door or install a storm door. Sounds like the water/wind blew out your latch and deadbolt. You could also cut some r panels and make hurricane panels for window and door openings.


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DMAN1968
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lattice on our balcony to act as a wind break

The lattice won't hold...nor stop any real wind.


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civiltiger07
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quote:

our door was blown in


Install exterior doors to swing out. I know it’s not the standard at all but during a storm you have the entire door frame holding the door instead of just the latch or dead bolt.


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LSUengr
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At our camp in venice, we have a large outer door which is plywood in a metal frame. It swings in front of the regular door on the exterior. Protects the door during hurricanes and stops thieves from breaking the door in.


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sonoma8
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I just rebuilt mine and I did the following:

Extra strapping around windows/doors
Closed cell insulation throughout
1/2 plywood on perimeter interior walls
Double pane windows

The only thing I have protecting my door is a storm door which held up thru Ida

Next plans are to strengthen my pilings (no cross members so it sways ) and eventually put hardi plank or something similar instead of vinyl siding.

My deck railings are 2x4s that are 3” apart vertically. dont know if that made a difference interfering the wind but I only lost a portion where something from another camp hit it.
This post was edited on 10/5 at 6:44 am


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Ol boy
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As has been mentioned make sure your door opens to the outside.
It’s amazing how much water can blow through a closed door during as tropical storm or indirect hit of a Huricane.
Build 3/4plywood shutters for windows install bolts into the walls so that the plywood can be drilled and numbered for location and all you have to do is install them.
Make sure you do not have a whirlybird attic vent.
If you have vinyl siding get rid of the vinyl soffits they will blow out and it will flood your art with driving rain.
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The007
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can you put any roll up doors around the perimeter of your windows or doors on the outside? so when you leave you lock the door and pull down the roll ups. Similar to what some of the high rise condos do in Destin


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byutgr
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We have accordion shutters on all of our windows and our entrance door on our camp in the Chenier on Grand Isle. The door and all of the windows have held in all of the hurricanes since we built it after Katrina, including Ida. I highly recommend.


sonoma8
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Who did you use? Been looking at this option for mine


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doublecutter
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Miami/Dade building code.


tide06
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Miami/Dade building code.

If you build to 160mph code, are above surge level, remove any trees, especially pines that could fall on your house and don’t catch a random debris hit you will probably be fine with almost any storm.


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