Plastic Instead of Plywood During a Hurricane

Covering windows with plywood is a standard practice when a hurricane bears down on a coastal community. Rod Rice reports that image may one day be old school.

That's because of a plastic film that is applied inside windows. Hurricane film has been popular in Florida and is gaining in use here.

Michael Fjetland is president of Sugar Land based Armor Glass International.

"So, it keeps out flying debris; it would even protect from an explosion."

It's about as thick as a business card, but on the sliding glass doors at Fjetland's home it was nearly invisible.

"Do you see out at the trees any distortion?...You can't see a thing, the resolution is perfect. And yet that dead tree branch sitting there, if that flies into this window at 100 miles per hour in a future storm, or 150  miles an hour, even if it breaks the glass it stays within the film."

It is the perfect solution for Rosebud Caradoc. Her Galveston Bay home has 20-foot high windows making plywood problematic.

"I'd have to have a huge ladder to do it."

Until the hurricane film she used the cross-your-fingers protection plan.

"Yes, and it worked (laughs)."

But not reliable enough to keep using. 

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Rod Rice

Local Anchor, Morning Edition

Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...