Hurricane ‘Window’ Relief

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With hurricane season upon us, the question arises: Are the windows on your home hurricane-proof?

The average cost to repair homes damaged by wind and hail is $6,500 after a major storm hits, insurance companies tell ABC News.

So what is the best way to protect one of your home’s most vulnerable spots, your windows? Here’s what the National Certified Testing Laboratory in York, Pennsylvania, advises:

We begin with the good ol' tactic of marking your windows with an "X" using duct tape. The result may not be very good, according to the lab. Objects at high speeds can still penetrate the glass and cause damage to your belongings and, more importantly, you.

Boarding up your windows with plywood? You may get better results than duct tape, the lab says, but it likely will provide inconsistent protection and still allow the window to break.

What about those special metal shutters? They hold out better than wood, the lab says, but can still have a negative effect  during a big storm. Specifically, the metal can split, which could cause storm debris to enter your house.

Then there's high-impact glass, which is basically laminated glass – the best option, according to the National Certified Testing Laboratory. These window means the outside pressures cannot get on the inside. When an object hits the glass, it will crack and bow, but not break.

Even though these windows are sometimes twice the cost of regular windows, when it's the last remaining barrier between you and your family, the money might be well spent.