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Anyone know anything about the Lexan hurricane panels?

#1 Postby FloridaGirl » Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:25 pm

I have been all over the internet looking up info on the lexan hurricane panels, but cannot find a price anywhere. Got a fella coming over tomorrow to give me an estimate, just wondering if I will be wasting his time and mine. I would like to know if he is quoting high since I do not have anything to compare it to. Anyone have any experience with these? Thanks for the help.
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#4 Postby Dionne » Wed Apr 05, 2006 5:26 pm

Last spring I installed some lexan panels in a commercial greenhouse.....in an area that is in the Katrina disaster zone. The complex/facility was heavily damaged by winds. The lexan panels held up. The greenhouse with the panels was one of two buildings on the property that did not get blown away.

I was surprised. The panels are lightweight and unusually durable.....once they are installed.

As I recall, the materials were very expensive.

When installing Lexan.....you have to be careful. You must use fasteners that are in line with the manufacturers specifications.

The product is only as good as the material that it is fastened against.

Good luck!!! :D
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#5 Postby FloridaGirl » Wed Apr 05, 2006 7:36 pm

Hey guys, thanks for the links, searched all day but missed the most important ones.

Dionne, I appreciate hearing about your experience with the panels, sounds like they live up to their reputation. I have a sample, cannot fathom how they could hold up under the pressure of a hurricane. It is reassuring to hear your testimony.

My husband thinks he can install them himself, will have to remind him to use the fasteners they recommend.
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#6 Postby alicia-w » Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:24 pm

the clear storm panels apparently cost about $12.50 a square foot.

https://www.hurricaneshuttersflorida.co ... otesystem/
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#7 Postby Shinyhead » Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:07 am

AHA, something I know about.

Lexan (that is a brand, the material is polycarbonate plastic) is what is commenly used for "bulletproof glass" and for the walls of robot combat arenas. It is very strong, but check that the lexan you get has UV blockers in it or else it will get brittle due to UV exposure. It can be cut with woodworking tools, but scratches much more easily then glass. It will also fog when exposed to UV if there are no blockers present. Do not bother getting anything over 1/4" thick, if you want thicker use more sheets, the cost to get a single sheet thicker then 1/4" starts going up very very fast. You can usually get a sheet of 4'x8'x1/4" for about $150.

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#8 Postby excugat2 » Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:45 pm

alicia-w wrote:the clear storm panels apparently cost about $12.50 a square foot.

https://www.hurricaneshuttersflorida.co ... otesystem/


The "per length" prices at:
http://www.sourceplastics.com/clearstormpanels.html
vary, depending on exact overlap of window.
They are "Roughly $9 square foot"
But this is without installation.
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#9 Postby Shinyhead » Mon Apr 17, 2006 7:10 am

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/produc ... 5Fid=10718

Here is for "raw" lexan of various sizes and thickness's. This is if you are more "handy" and can cut it yourself.
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#10 Postby excugat2 » Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:55 pm

Shinyhead wrote:http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=USPlastic&category%5Fname=68&product%5Fid=10718

Here is for "raw" lexan of various sizes and thickness's. This is if you are more "handy" and can cut it yourself.


Yes, a lot of people use 1/4" thick, it 's cheaper (and heavier)
than the twinwal or multiwall options. But these materials are
different than the deeply corrugated clear panels, mentioned
earlier in this thread.

from usplastic.com
"Polycarbonate 48" x 96" 1/4" Thick $265.82"

from
http://www.sourceplastics.com/lexanprice.html
Clear Makrolon 48" x 96" 1/4" Thick $160
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