You see it on TV every time there’s a hurricane threatening the coast: businesses and homes with giant duct-tape “X”s on their windows. But the truth is that damage from hurricane-force winds is the one problem duct tape CAN’T fix.
Hurricane preparedness brochures promoted window taping into the 1980s before experts realized that this technique might just do more harm than good. The idea was that tape could help brace windows against the effects of winds, or at the very least prevent them from shattering into a million tiny pieces. In reality, taping does nothing to strengthen windows. And sure, it might prevent tiny shards of flying glass, but it could also produce the one thing that is worse: giant shards of flying glass held together with tape!