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Building Storm Attractive-Effective Shutters
      #48596 - Mon Aug 22 2005 05:27 PM

We just completed a new home made of steel panels (see details: http://www.bibleseven.com

I saved the panel cutouts and want to build sandwich shutters using steel on both sides with something in between. Has anyone looked into the strength and cost of 1/4-1/2 inch Lexan? UV wouldn't be an issue as the Lexan would be covered. I an thinking that the steel and Lexan together should be very strong. True? What other non-wood materials might I consider?

On one window I am thinking of using extra thick UV resistant Lexan so we can see out during the storm. Anyone seen how well Lexan stands up in heavy weather? It would be on a North-facing window so direct sunlight would be minimal.

Also, what about hinges? I have some really heavy used brass hinges. I am planning three per side but have also considered continuous stainless steel piano hinges. Any experienced advice?

Thanks! doc

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Re: Building Storm Attractive-Effective Shutters [Re: doc]
      #48734 - Tue Aug 23 2005 01:30 PM

polycarbonate sheets (lexan) are high impact resistant. ~250 times stronger than safety glass.

very pricey....

4x 8 x 1/4 = $163.50

4 x 8 x .375= $283.64

4 x 8 x .500 = $401.94

per sheet.


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Re: Building Storm Attractive-Effective Shutters [Re: Ed G]
      #49108 - Wed Aug 24 2005 03:28 PM

Quote:

polycarbonate sheets (lexan) are high impact resistant. ~250 times stronger than safety glass. very pricey....
4x 8 x 1/4 = $163.50 4 x 8 x .375= $283.64 4 x 8 x .500 = $401.94 per sheet.




Not sure what happened to my follow-up so here it is again.

What about Kevlar or some other less costly plastic?

What about hinge choices? I have some heavy brass ones but what about stainless piano hinges?

Any ideas as to latches?

Thanks! doc


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Re: Building Storm Attractive-Effective Shutters [Re: doc]
      #49192 - Wed Aug 24 2005 05:55 PM

Found this resource here:
http://www.rplastics.com/plasticsheet.html

ABS Textured Plastic Sheet 0.125 24" x 48" $13.36
PVC Gray Type 1 Sheet 0.125 24" x 48" $19.68
Clear Plexiglas® Acrylic 0.118 24x48 Sheet $25.28

There is one 40" x 40" window which I would like to preserve
for natural light and observation of the storm, thus I need
a Tufftak/Lexan type material.

I have E-mailed them to as if their .236" Tufftak (Lexan like)
sheets are adequate to the task. WDYT?

I wonder what the non-discolor life expectancy of the panels
is on a north facing window in west central Florida just north
of Tampa?

Would a plastic sheeting, e.g. 'hurricane film' used on glass
windows, applied to the Tufftak, lengthen it's life exposed to
the weather?

Finally, the 'sandwich shutters' will depend on the strength
of the steel folded over at the ends where the hinges will be
attached. How would one attach hinges and latches to Tufftak
and not violate its integrity? Are stainless steel piano
hinges preferred to three-hole door-type brass hinges?

doc


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