When most people are in the path of an oncoming hurricane, they spend hours moving furniture and getting their outdoor living areas ready for the storm. For those with Fenetex Retractable Hurricane Screens, they leave everything as is because they know they’re protected. Our motorized hurricane screens are made with aramid and polyester fibers, the same types of material used in ballistic body armor. Our hurricane screens are comparable to an aluminum roll shutter for strength but unlike aluminum shutters, they do not block the light and you can see through them. They also have a special PVC coating that allows the screens to double as shade screens to protect from the sun’s harsh light. Come rain or shine, these screens provide year-round protection.
Our hurricane screens are certified by Miami-Dade and the State of Florida for use in the High Velocity Hurricane Zones. We manufacture the only fabric roll shutter that outperforms metal roll shutters, so our screens last longer, withstand more, and serve more functions than any other company.
Built to Last
We use the toughest custom engineered components on the market to make our hurricane screens. Every unit is held to the highest standards and tested using the most rigorous methods available for hurricane protection products.
The Right Fit
We manufacture our screens to fit precisely into any structure and resist the most intense wind load. Unlike with other inferior solutions, you can rest easy knowing that Fenetex screens have been produced exactly as needed. When you install a Fenetex screen, you’re installing the most customizable, strongest screen on the market.
Out of Sight
With the Fenetex system you don’t have to sacrifice the atmosphere of your patio to protect it. Our screens blend seamlessly with your patio, ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. After working closely with builders and architects on new construction projects, we created a system that can be designed to disappear completely from sight.
There’s no need to compromise when you can optimize. Fenetex Retractable Hurricane Screens can be paired with any of our insect, shade or weather screens into a single system. Each screen operates independently giving you what you want, when you need it.
Hurricane screens are not as flat as shade or insect screens and will have some noticeable wrinkles due to the fact the screens are a little baggy and it is not uncommon for there to be some “feathering” along the edges. The bagginess is because the screens are designed for hurricanes and missile impacts, shade is an added benefit. The bagginess exists to meet the engineering requirements of the anchor and the extremely high design pressures the screens can withstand (we’ll be happy to explain this in greater detail – just ask). Feathering, which is a series of small diagonal creases on extreme edges of the screen, occurs because of how the screen stacks on the reel when it is rolled up. Hurricane screens require large keder (edging material that bears the load inside the track) and large keder needs a little more space to stack, so the reel is cut back just a bit to allow for this. It is this arrangement which can result in feathering. Purchasers should be made aware of this and those customers that will have an issue with the slightly baggy or wrinkly hurricane screen should consider purchasing our dual screen system – we designed the dual screen for more demanding customers.
In addition, be aware the hurricane screens may require a permit and should always be installed according to the Florida Product Approval Installation Instructions. Any use outside of the scope of the Product Approval may require site specific engineering for that use. While Fenetex may build a screen outside the scope of the Product Approval, it is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or installer to verify the use is appropriate and allowable under local building codes.
Manually operated screens are designed to be used where electricity is not available, or the screens will be used infrequently. It is not cost effective over the life of the screen to use manual gears on a regular basis given the time and labor effort required to cycle several screens up and down and the high potential for operator caused damage. Further, the cranking mechanism in a manually operated screen has no settable limits. This means the screens bottom bar can be rolled up too high causing it to jam in the screen housing if the stops have been removed, the screen can be let down too far such that it appears unsightly, and the screen can be rolled backwards on the reel which will create several issues that can jam the screen, cause the screen to come out of the tracks, and/or damage the screen. Operator errors can quickly create a circumstance that requires costly service and repairs, these are not covered by any warranty.
Hurricane screens block a significant portion of water, but they are made from a woven material that is 9% porous. This allows a little bit of airflow, but also allows some water to come through; they are not a water barrier. The primary purpose of hurricane screens is to protect a structure from wind borne debris impacts and hurricane force winds. Please consult your sales consultant for other options if your primary goal is to block water.
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