Extremely strong and durable, panels are also the most inexpensive hurricane shutter system available. You have 3 materials to choose from which include steel, aluminum, and clear polycarbonate. Some drawbacks include the time consumption when installing hurricane panels. A house may take a couple of hours to prepare for a hurricane threat with this system and a couple more to remove them once installed. Another inconvenience is the need for storage of the panels themselves when they are not in use.