What you see above is the impact testing for Hurricane Fabric. A ballistic test must test different forms of hurricane protection in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Sarasota, and many other areas. This test simulates wind-borne debris striking a window or product during a hurricane.
This procedure, as seen above, is done by a 2×4 15 lb. projectile at 50 mph at a predetermined location. This determines the resistance to airborne debris during a hurricane.
The first test, as shown above, is plywood, which the majority of people feel is a safe and secure alternative to shutters. Unfortunately, as you have seen, the projectile flies right through the board protecting nothing and resulting in catastrophic damage to your home.
Metal Panel Test
The next test is shown on metal panels. Metal panels look secure, and for the most part, they are, but the evidence doesn’t lie. Not only are they heavy and take up a lot of storage room, but they also crumble from the 2×4, forcing you to replace all the panels in that opening.
Hurricane Fabric Test
Lastly, as you can see with the hurricane fabric. When the projectile is launched into the fabric, the material almost resembles a trampoline and bounces the projectile backward. Causing little to no damage to your home while the panel is unscathed, leaving you and your family safe from the storm.