Hurrican Shutters

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All About Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 16, 2011

All About Hurricane ShuttersStorm shutters are products designed to limit damage to window and door openings caused by high winds and flying objects. Commonly, they are popular in coastal areas, but storm shutters are rapidly growing in popularity in all areas threatened by high winds, hurricane conditions, or tornadoes.

Why Hurricane Shutters?

While storm protection is the obvious reason for all, there are many other reasons why people decide to purchase these products. The investment is made mainly to keep your home safe and protect the valuables you have inside. With hurricane shutters, you are not only protecting your home from hurricane damage but also limiting your chances to intrusion and sun damage. Hurricane Shutters

Installing Hurricane Shutters

Hurricane shutters are used to protect doors and windows from wind-borne objects and to prevent damage caused by sudden pressure changes when windows or doors fail. Shutters can be made of metal, wood or plastic and are available in different styles; the most common are steel or metal panels, accordion style and roll-down. Home improvement stores sell shutters and a number of companies in south Florida custom-build and install shutters. Many municipal building codes now require hurricane shutters for all new home construction.
If you’ve never installed your shutters, do a “dry run” before the hurricane season begins; install them to make sure you’re familiar with how they operate. You can identify problems with your shutters that might not be fixable as a storm is approaching. Make sure you have the appropriate tools and hardware necessary to complete the job.

If you’re using plywood to cover windows and doors, select at least 5/8″ stock. Pre-drill holes into the plywood sheets and into your masonry and use screws and anchors to secure the plywood; masonry nails are not recommended as they can fail in strong winds.

If you have metal panel shutters, handle them only with heavy work gloves. The panels are heavy and the edges can be sharp. When you use a ladder, make sure you work with a buddy who holds and stabilizes the ladder. Emergency rooms in south Florida report a number of injuries every hurricane season due to falls from ladders.
When a storm has passed and it’s safe to venture outside, remove the shutters or plywood from at least one window or door in every room. A fully-shuttered house may be safe in a hurricane, but presents a fire hazard by blocking escape routes. Establish an emergency escape plan and make sure everyone in the house is aware of how they should exit in the event of fire.

Legislation and Insurance Costs

The coastal areas of the US are rapidly requiring storm protection on new homes and even homes that are undergoing a major remodel. Check with your local building department to determine your local requirements. Florida has already passed legislation requiring this protection. You may find your municipality will be doing the same. You will be dollars ahead come resale time if you have already installed approved storm shutters.

Another reason consumers purchase storm protection is to satisfy insurance companies requirements to obtain reasonable cost insurance.

Protection from Storm Shutters

Even though no longer used by the U.S. National Weather Service, hurricane flags still may be displayed by the U.S. Coast Guard to signify an approaching storm. A single hurricane flag indicates a storm warning with a wind speed between 55 and 73 mph. Two flags indicate a hurricane warning with wind speeds in excess of 74 mph. It’s time to close the storm shutters!

Hurricane shutters protect from all types of storms. Cyclones in the North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, or South Pacific Ocean are called hurricanes. Tropical storms along the Northwest Pacific Ocean are referred to as typhoons. Property owners along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean should strongly consider installing hurricane shutters. Category 5 hurricanes can result in structural damages in excess of 15 miles from the shore. Cat 5 hurricane shutters are recommended for all regions close to the shore. All openings must be protected or you have virtually no hurricane protection in the event of a real hurricane.

The Average Cost of Hurricane Shutters
  • Storm Panel Hurricane Shutters: Average cost: $7-$8 per square foot; Average storm preparation time: 15 minutes per window depending on the style.
  • Accordion Hurricane Shutters: Average cost: $18-$30 per square foot; Average storm preparation time: At least 45 minutes to an hour for an entire house.
  • Bahama Hurricane Shutters: Average cost: $18-$30 per square foot; Average storm preparation time: 15-30 minutes for an entire house.
  • Roll-Down Hurricane Shutters: Average cost: $30-$55 per square foot; Average storm preparation time: Minimum; probably the easiest shutter to operate.
  • Hurricane Glass: Average cost: $35-$50 a square-foot, including new window frames and layered hurricane glass; Average storm preparation time: None.
  • Overlapping Plywood Shutters: Average cost: $1 – $5 per square foot; Average storm preparation time: 1 – 1 1/2 hours per window.

Distributed by Viestly

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