The chances of a hurricane occurring in Michigan are slim to none, but in September 1996 a cyclonic storm dubbed “Hurricane Huron” formed in Lake Huron and reached wind speeds of 73 mph—barely missing the 74 mph threshold to be deemed a Category 1 hurricane.


Michigan does, however, experience a significant amount of tornadic activity each year. Last year marked the highest occurrence of tornadoes in the state within the last decade, and the highest amount of property damage, when 18 twisters touched down causing more than $17 million in losses, per the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Washtenaw County was among the top 10 Michigan counties to experience the most tornadoes within the past nine years.


Storm shutters can provide protection against the extreme wind pressure and debris impacts from tornadoes and other severe weather events. If you want to install storm shutters yourself, here are four important things to know.


Storm Shutters Should Be Connected to Your Home’s Structural Framing

When properly installed, your storm shutters should be connected to the structural framing of your residence, and the window or door frames. Be aware that your existing window and door frames could be insufficiently attached to your home’s structural framing in order for them to withstand the severe pressure created by extreme winds.


Use Weather-Resistant and Corrosion-Resistant Fittings

Be sure that all metal fittings on your shutter install, which are exposed, are weather-resistant and corrosion-resistant—including screws and embedded anchors.


Mounting Plywood Storm Shutters Can Be Challenging

If you plan to install plywood storm shutters, it’s important to be aware that, although they provide some level of protection—and are usually the least costly option for storm shutters, they can often be difficult and dangerous to mount. Plywood shutters are heavy, so you’ll likely need two people to install them. For second-story windows you’ll need to use a ladder, which can be dangerous even in moderate winds. So, in many cases, plywood storm shutters are more ideal for use on lower-story windows.


Storm Shutters Should Withstand 110 MPH Winds

Standard building codes call for storm shutters to be able to withstand 110 mph winds. Hurricanes Andrew and Hugo were pivotal events in the establishment of this industry-wide upgrade.

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