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Roll Down Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 30, 2012

Roll Down Hurricane ShuttersThe U.S.A. is a world leader in hurricane protection devices and, more importantly, in strict building codes that often demand hurricane protection, to strict product testing requirements, to the Insurance Industry demanding installed, code compliant, hurricane protection before issuing coverage. Much product development has taken place in the last 10 years and protection is no longer limited to traditional plywood or concertina shutters.

Below we will cover Roll Down Hurricane Shutters, with the information provided by Hurricane Shutters Florida.

Anyone who has ever lived in the southern part of the United States knows the varied and surprising kinds of property damage that hurricanes can inflict. The most vulnerable parts of any building are the windows, which are weak structurally and made of glass that can be turned into dangerous shrapnel when broken.

Roll-down hurricane shutters
Roll Down Hurricane Shutters are the perfect solution for people who don’t want to have to keep replacing their windows and sweeping up broken glass every time there’s a big storm. Shutters like these maintain the integrity of the house while protecting the safety of the occupants as well.

Because each application has Florida Building Code approval, your choice should be based on your lifestyle, budget and specific needs. Consult with hurricane installation company in your area to get answers to your questions. Each application needs to be installed according to Florida Building Code specifications to meet the requirements of protection, which will satisfy local building codes and your insurance company.

Roll-down hurricane shutters
are incredibly handy without being bulky or unsightly. They work in much the same way as the metal cages that roll down over store-front entrances. When not needed, they stay out of sight, but most often they are inconspicuous, and when rolled down they can be made to blend right in with the decor. Other than usually being made of aluminum and sometimes being equipped with storm bars, roll-down hurricane shutters look like any other kind of shutter. The only exception is that they are stronger and can withstand pressure and impact from the most vicious storms. Because they are designed to be extremely strong and durable, they are virtually maintenance-free and can last a long time. Though still affordable, they are usually custom made, meaning that they can be installed outside a window, on a balcony opening, or sheltered within the wall itself in order to be less obvious. While controls are often motorized and used from a central location, many can also be manipulated manually from within.

Roll-down hurricane shuttersRoll Down Hurricane Shutters are efficient and versatile, providing not only protection from high winds and flying debris, but a variety of other potential problems as well. Made to withstand any assault from the outside, they also provide automatic protection from intruders and burglars. While locks are easy to pick and glass windows are easy to break, roll-down hurricane shutters can’t be manipulated. They are only rolled up or adjusted with the use of controls that are installed inside the house. Burglar alarms don’t become quite as necessary when the house is impenetrable.

Roll-down hurricane shutters are obviously designed to completely lock down and protect a house, but that is only their function in extreme weather. They can also function as normal shutters and be adjusted to the desired degree. By keeping them closed, the house can more easily remain cool in sunny summer days and warm in the winter. It removes the need for cranked thermostats or expensive air conditioning and therefore reduces a household’s overall energy bill. Adjusting to another mode can also allow for different amounts of light and noise throughout the house. Opened in the morning, the shutters can let in sunlight and birdsong. Closed at night, they can shut out the irritating sound of traffic and the blinding glare of headlights.

Providing protection against hurricanes and storms is the main function of roll-down hurricane shutters, and they do their jobs well. However, with all the added benefits of intrusion prevention, privacy and light, heat and noise control, roll-down shutters offer a variety of features to help any house. It’s the perfect product for keeping a family safe and comfortable while still looking good.

Cat 5 Shutters LLC offers the finest and strongest hurricane shutters and storm protection on the market. All of our hurricane shutters are tested and approved by Miami-Dade County and the Florida building code (High velocity Hurricane Zone) which will guarantee the purchaser the highest level of “Peace of Mind” during a hurricane disaster.

Contact Cat 5 Shutters today for advise, quote and professional installation.

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Predictions for Hurricane Season 2012

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 28, 2012

Predictions for Hurricane Season 2012As June 1, 2012 draws nearer, we will see the start of the 2012 Hurricane Season. This hub will focus on the Atlantic tropical cyclone formation, predictions and names.

The active hurricane season is from June 1 through November 30. One thing to keep in mind is that tropical cyclones can develop at any time of the year. It is during the official hurricane season, however, that we see the most development.

Overall, the predictions are not dire for 2012. The season is being forecast to be relatively tame. Forecasters seem to agree mostly that there is a probability of 12 named storms and out of the 12 named storms, seven possibly will develop into hurricanes.

Out of the seven hurricanes, three of these are being predicted to be “major” hurricanes in scope with winds sustaining 111 mph or more. This would place them at a minimum at Category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Most the landfall models are predicting fairly close or normal landfall of storms along the United States coastline. The Gulf of Mexico coastline and the coastline of Florida are being given an elevated chance of landfall over the East Coast in 2012.

When on calculates the “averages” for the Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane season, we come up with the numbers that reflect 12.1 tropical storms with 6.4 maturing into hurricanes annually.

As a Hurricane Ike survivor, I will be watching all tropical development this season, as I do every season, and will be posting on HubPages as storms develop and threaten land. Stay tuned for my next related hub that will encompass hurricane preparedness!

On March 05,2012, the National Hurricane Director Bill Read made a statement that science will improve enough so that starting in two to five years the forecasters will be able to reliably issue where a hurricane will be a full week in advance.

As it stands now the National Weather Service issues daily weather forecasts a week out, but not for hurricanes.

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane had above normal activity, providing NOAA with 383 official forecasts to analyze. NOAA concluded that when predicting where a hurricane will land, their five day forecast had an average error of only 281 miles and, expectantly, more accurate the closer in time to landfall. At 12 hours, forecasters set a new record for accuracy with an error rate of only 32 miles.

Below is the list of names for the storms that form in the North Atlantic in 2012, provided by the World Meteorological Organization.

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Predictions for Hurricane Season 2012

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 28, 2012

Predictions for Hurricane Season 2012As June 1, 2012 draws nearer, we will see the start of the 2012 Hurricane Season. This hub will focus on the Atlantic tropical cyclone formation, predictions and names.

The active hurricane season is from June 1 through November 30. One thing to keep in mind is that tropical cyclones can develop at any time of the year. It is during the official hurricane season, however, that we see the most development.

Overall, the predictions are not dire for 2012. The season is being forecast to be relatively tame. Forecasters seem to agree mostly that there is a probability of 12 named storms and out of the 12 named storms, seven possibly will develop into hurricanes.

Out of the seven hurricanes, three of these are being predicted to be “major” hurricanes in scope with winds sustaining 111 mph or more. This would place them at a minimum at Category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Most the landfall models are predicting fairly close or normal landfall of storms along the United States coastline. The Gulf of Mexico coastline and the coastline of Florida are being given an elevated chance of landfall over the East Coast in 2012.

When on calculates the “averages” for the Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane season, we come up with the numbers that reflect 12.1 tropical storms with 6.4 maturing into hurricanes annually.

As a Hurricane Ike survivor, I will be watching all tropical development this season, as I do every season, and will be posting on HubPages as storms develop and threaten land. Stay tuned for my next related hub that will encompass hurricane preparedness!

On March 05,2012, the National Hurricane Director Bill Read made a statement that science will improve enough so that starting in two to five years the forecasters will be able to reliably issue where a hurricane will be a full week in advance.

As it stands now the National Weather Service issues daily weather forecasts a week out, but not for hurricanes.

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane had above normal activity, providing NOAA with 383 official forecasts to analyze. NOAA concluded that when predicting where a hurricane will land, their five day forecast had an average error of only 281 miles and, expectantly, more accurate the closer in time to landfall. At 12 hours, forecasters set a new record for accuracy with an error rate of only 32 miles.

Below is the list of names for the storms that form in the North Atlantic in 2012, provided by the World Meteorological Organization.

Tropical Storm Names for 2012

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Home Improvement With Exterior Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 26, 2012

Home Improvement With Exterior ShuttersExterior shutters greatly improve the curb appeal of any home. They are one of the few improvements that return their full value when it’s time to sell, not to mention the enjoyment you will feel every time you pull into your driveway. Shutters have been used for centuries as practical and aesthetic additions to buildings. The original purpose of exterior shutters was to provide light control, ventilation, and protection against inclement weather. Your home is your most important asset, so you owe it to yourself to make it look as good as possible. One of the easiest and most effective ways to add curb appeal is to install decorative vinyl exterior shutters or custom wood exterior shutters on your home. Available in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and colors, putting exterior shutters on the outside of your home is dollar-per-dollar the most cost effective home makeover with the most dramatic effect.

Hurricane Shutter Materials

Whether shutters are selected for practical or decorative purposes, the material chosen is of paramount concern. Shutters are sometimes made from vinyl, and often vinyl shutters are less expensive. However, vinyl shutters cannot be stained, they cannot be installed as operable panels, and they have a molded, plastic appearance. A better option is to purchase wood shutters. Cedar is the best wood for all exterior applications because it resists decay and is extremely durable. Incense cedar specifically is a superior wood for exterior shutters because the tannin (oil) helps prevent moisture penetration and deters bugs.

A great review of available shutters products has been provided by shuttersdirectory.

Composite Shutters

The next choice would be the new composite, mid-priced shutters. Composite window shutters are a solid-back product, have a 5-year warranty, architecturally accurate and available in over 20 colors. Yes, you can order them primed and ready to paint. The composite material is the latest in space-age materials that won’t rot, warp, split; and the bugs don’t like the taste of them. They are solid backed so the mud daubers and bees won’t like to live there. You can use optional hardware to make these operational for that “real” shutter look and function. The composite window shutters are available in colonial style louvered, raised panel, board and batten and can be ordered in a Bahama style hinged at the top to provide shade and rain protection for open windows. Looking for that tropical ambiance? Bahama shutters are a good choice. The composite product is very low maintenance and will remain beautiful for a long time.

Fiberglass Shutters

The finest and most expensive choice is the true fiberglass/composite shutter which is architecturally designed and built to make the most discerning Historical Society member smile broadly. The real cost for this product is inexpensive when you consider the low-maintenance requirements, the 20-year warranty and the fact they can double as a real storm shutter. The fiberglass shutters can be ordered as a storm shutter approved under the latest SBCCI engineering standards. Of course, most of us don’t need that level of protection but do value the ability to close your shutters for security purposes. Available in over 20 colors and 12 styles, you will have all the choices possible to meet your needs. Arches, louvered, raised panel, board and batten and Bahama styles are a few of your choices. You can replace your worn-out wood shutters and proudly show off your new fiberglass/Composite shutters that are low maintenance. Imagine, instead of painting those old wooden shutters every other year, you’ll have time to improve your golf game.

Aluminum Shutters

Aluminum shutters have evolved in recent years to provide a reasonably priced replacement for wood shutters. The aluminum colonial louvered and Bahama shutter styles have enjoyed approval by many Historical districts as the costs and maintenance levels have increased for wood shutters. The aluminum shutter products are strong and can meet the most stringent hurricane engineering standards. They are relatively low maintenance and can be powder-coat finished in 100’s of colors. They have a 3-year warranty. The aluminum shutters can be arched and at extra cost, can be designed as raised panels and even Board and Batten styles are available. I believe the Composite and Fiberglass shutters are a better choice than aluminum where a true traditional look is demanded.

Wood Shutters

The standard of the industry has been the wood exterior shutter produced in red cedar, pine or other exotic woods and is available in every possible configuration imaginable. Louvered, raised panel, board and batten, mixed louver and raised panel, arched, 1/4 arch lazy arch, Bahama, Bermuda, etc. You name it, and it has been made from wood. Wooden shutters are initially economical to purchase but considering the paint requirements and the overall maintenance cost, it makes the wood shutters the most expensive to purchase and own. The versatility and design capability makes wood the only choice in many custom design situations.

Whether you are making home improvements or securing the safety of your home, Cat 5 Hurricane Shutters will help you make the right decision. Cat 5 shutters is serving locations throughout Florida and installing “Peace of Mind”. When it comes to securing the safety of your family, home and business during severe weather, only the finest storm protection will do. Contact Cat 5 Shutters today.

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Hurricane Shutters Requirements In Dade County Florida

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 23, 2012

Hurricane Shutters Requirements In Dade County FloridaResidents in coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean are well aware of preparations needed for hurricane season. Those in areas that are more prone to being struck by these strong storms prepare homes by installing shutters systems into the buildings structure. Without protection, your home is at risk if a hurricane strikes.

All windows and doors should be protected with products that meet the new building code. Shutters, windows and doors that meet strict hurricane resistance standards are classified as hurricane protection products. In addition to new shutters, there are also hurricane-resistant windows and doors that provide protection without using shutters. These windows and doors seal against the rain and windblown debris. If hurricane-force winds happen to get inside the house, your roof will not survive. Roofs are not designed to withstand wind pressure pushing up from the inside. Since hurricane- force winds can come from any direction, it’s important to protect the entire house. When shopping for your hurricane protection products, make sure the products you choose are approved. It is best to have the shutters installed during the construction of the home, but some older homes are not equipped with shutters. Contact your local hurricane shutter company for hurricane preparation guidelines, products and service.

High Velocity Hurricane Zone

Miami-Dade and Broward counties comprise the High Velocity Hurricane Zone. The HVHZ, High Velocity Hurricane Zone, designates a geographic area incorporating all of Miami/Dade and Broward Counties and Coastal Palm Beach County. Garage doors installed in this area must meet the most stringent requirements in the entire United States and must be impact rated.
All construction within this zone is subject to particularly stringent building codes, designed to withstand hurricane-strength winds and storm surge waters. The HVHZ building code applies to all areas of construction, including the design and implementation of hurricane, or storm, shutters.

General Regulations

Hurricane shutters, also known as storm shutters, are specifically regulated in Florida building code. In the High Velocity Hurricane Zone, all exterior glass surfaces, including both windows and doors, must be protected by shutters. As an exception, glass elements which are approved as meeting the building code requirements for impact loads do not require shutters. Hurricane shutters must be designed by a qualified, Florida-registered engineer, or by an overseeing architect who is so qualified. In either case, the designs must bear the seal of the qualified designer and must be reviewed and approved by the overseeing architect or engineer. Shutters must be approved by Florida product control, with the manufacturer’s name engraved into every element of the shutter system. Shutters may either be permanently anchored or removable. If removable, then shutters must be neatly stored in an accessible and designated location within the building.

Dimensions and Specifications

Shutters must affix to glass surfaces in such a way that there is a gap of at least one inch between the glass, frame or other components and the shutter at the moment of maximum deflection. If, however, exterior glass elements meet load requirements for HVHZ wind pressures, the gap is unnecessary. Storm shutters must completely cover any openings, with a maximum side clearance between shutter and wall of 1/4 inch. The overlap between shutters must be at least one and a half times the side clearance, or at least 3/8 inches.

Impact and Load Requirements

Within the HVHZ, all exposed exterior building elements, including both shutters and unshuttered glass surfaces, must pass impact and load testing. These tests determine the ability of materials to resist wind-borne debris, and expect the same results from walls, doors, skylights, glazing or glass block, and shutters. For example, one missile test involves striking the test surface with a 9 lb. 2-by-4 at a speed of 50 miles per hour.

Another test, cyclic pressure loading, involves subjecting all elements of the test surface to increasing pressure, uniformly distributed around its frame. Exceptions that need not pass the testing include enclosures for porches, patios, pools or greenhouses; louvered surfaces and sheds not intended to be human dwellings.

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Hurricane Protection Products

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 21, 2012

Hurricane Protection ProductsIf your house is in danger of being hit by a hurricane, protecting windows and sliding glass doors is almost always the number one thing you can do to ensure you’ll have a livable house if the worst happens. But, if you wait until a hurricane watch is posted, you are almost surely too late. The best time to prepare for the hurricane season is now. There are many readily available products that can reduce or minimize the impact and save homeowners big bucks in repairs and insurance premiums. The peace of mind that can result is priceless.

Secure Door For Your Home Garage Door

Secure Door® Garage Door Bracesis an extremely effective, Florida Building Code approved (FL6420), highly affordable solution that provides wind protection for garage doors in the event of a major hurricane. The product is a vertical bracing system made from high quality aircraft-grade aluminum that attaches to the inside of the garage door. Secure Door® hurricane garage door protection strengthens the door and provides support for the door in addition to the garage door tracks. Secure Door® is a patented hurricane garage door brace that converts most existing garage doors to a hurricane-resistant garage door. While no garage door can be considered a hurricane proof garage door, Secure Door’s exceptional performance capabilities have been proven through independent laboratory tests and may be as close to that goal as possible.

Garage Door Hurricane Facts

Did you know…

  • The garage door is potentially the largest and weakest opening of your home to a hurricane?
  • According to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes about 80 percent of residential hurricane wind damage starts with wind entry through garage doors?
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has identified the loss of the garage door as one of four major factors in homes damaged and destroyed in Hurricane Andrew?
  • As the American Red Cross warns, if your garage door fails, the full fury of the hurricane will enter your house and in all probability blow off your roof and destroy your home?
Hurricane Shutters

When it comes to securing the safety of your family, home and business during severe weather, only the finest storm protection will do. Cat 5 Shutters LLC is South Florida’s leading producer of hurricane shutters based out of West Palm Beach, Florida and has achieved a A ratings with the Better Business Bureau.

Cat 5 Shutters LLCCat 5 Hurricane Shutters is especially proud to introduce the most advanced Hurricane Protection systems on the market today. We offer the finest and strongest hurricane shutters and storm protection on the market. All of our hurricane shutters are tested and approved by Miami-Dade County and the Florida building code (High velocity Hurricane Zone) which will guarantee the purchaser the highest level of “Peace of Mind” during a hurricane disaster. We manufacture a wide variety of hurricane shutters; Accordion Hurricane Shutters, Bahamas Hurricane Shutters, Colonial Hurricane Shutters, Roll Down Hurricane Shutters, Storm Hurricane Panels, Stainless Steel Hurricane Screens, and Roll Down Screens. Keeping Floridians safe against hurricanes, storms, intruders and the suns rays based out of West Palm Beach, Florida.

We invite you to contact us today for more information, and discover the secret to enjoying unprecedented storm protection and “peace-of-mind” for many years to come!

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Insurance Savings and Safety With Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 19, 2012

Insurance Savings and Safety With Hurricane ShuttersMy Safe Florida Home website keeps Floridians informed and provides plenty of information and resources on how to prepare for a hurricane season. To find out what available savings and discounts are available with construction features related to hurricane protection the organization encourages you to contact your insurance agent or company.

Hurricane Protection and Construction Features:
  • Hurricane protection on all of your windows and exterior doors, such as shutters or impact resistance windows and garage doors
  • A hip roof (sloped on all sides like a pyramid)
  • Roof to wall connections that are installed with hurricane clips/straps. Discounts will vary depending on the type of connection such as toe nail, clips, single wraps or double wraps.
  • Florida Building Code-approved roof covering. Discounts will vary depending on the type of covering such as asphalt, tile or metal
Home Insurance Savings with Allstate

The information below is written and provided by Brian Culbertson, Fort Myers Allstate Insurance Agent.

If you live in Florida, installing hurricane shutters is a smart decision. After watching the impact of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes on coastal cities and towns, we realize how quickly hurricanes can change paths and how devastating they can be. Sometimes there may not be time to board up the windows, and even if there is, this may not be enough to keep your home and family safe from flying debris. However, shutter safety is not the only reason to consider hurricane shutters.

You can also save money!

Florida law requires Allstate home insurance companies to offer homeowners discounts or credits for protecting your home and family from hurricanes with shutters. They offer discounts for existing building features or home improvements that reduce damage and loss from hurricanes. Allstate home insurance companies are required to file these discounts with the Office of Insurance Regulation. Below is an excerpt from MySafeFloridaHome regarding applying for hurricane shutter and similar discounts on your insurance.

  1. Contact your agent or your company directly to find out the specific items for which discounts are available.
  2. Verify the amount of the discount for each item as it applies to YOUR policy. For example: Hurricane shutters will result in a 30 percent discount on the windstorm premium. The windstorm premium is $300 of the total $600 annual premium. Therefore, the discount will equal a $90 annual savings on the premium.
  3. Request the specific criteria that are needed to apply for and receive the discounts that are listed for your company. Example: Does the roof need to be inspected by a certified wind inspector? Do the shutters need to meet a specific wind resistance rating? Have you gotten your wind mitigation inspection done yet?
  4. Verify the documentation that needs to be submitted in order to apply for and receive the discounts. Example: photos of the items installed, proof of purchase and installation.
  5. Verify to whom the documentation should be submitted. Be sure to keep copies of all documentation, the date submitted and the mailing verification information.
  6. Request confirmation of when the discount will take effect.
  7. Verify if the discount will be in the form of a premium discount, a credit to your premium balance or a refund on premium paid.

Shutters will help protect your home, family, and your wallet. Contact your Allstate insurance agent today.

Professional Hurricane Shutters Installation

Cat 5 Shutters LLC offer the finest and strongest hurricane shutters and storm protection on the market. All of our hurricane shutters are tested and approved by Miami-Dade County and the Florida building code (High velocity Hurricane Zone) which will guarantee the purchaser the highest level of “Peace of Mind” during a hurricane disaster. We manufacture a wide variety of hurricane shutters; Accordion Hurricane Shutters, Bahamas Hurricane Shutters, Colonial Hurricane Shutters, Roll Down Hurricane Shutters, Storm Hurricane Panels, Stainless Steel Hurricane Screens, and Roll Down Screens. Keeping Floridians safe against hurricanes, storms, intruders and the suns rays based out of West Palm Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County).

We invite you to contact us today for more information, and discover the secret to enjoying unprecedented storm protection and “peace-of-mind” for many years to come!

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Are You Ready for Hurricane Shutter Installation

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 16, 2012

Are You Ready for Hurricane Shutter InstallationHurricane season is approaching fast-June 1. Setting up storm shades is extremely beneficial because they provide a physical barrier from flying debris battering the glass windows of your home. While windows are created from sturdy glass, even a small piece of wood or other debris can be picked up and flung through the air by a 100 mile per hour gust directly at your window. Such things can easily shatter even sturdy glass windows. Making use of a heavy-duty, well-designed hurricane shutter system overlaid on your windowpane is going to help soak up the brunt of the collision and reduce the damage.

Are you ready for hurricane shutter installation? Here is what you need to know.
A well-defined description of hurricane shutters is provided by Weberdesigngroup.

Hurricane shutters are available as: storm panel hurricane shutters, accordion hurricane shutters, colonial hurricane shutters, Bahama hurricane shutters, and roll – down hurricane shutters.

Storm Panel Hurricane Shutters

Storm panel hurricane shutters are the most popular hurricane shutters out of all of the shutters that are available. For homeowners that choose to install storm panel hurricane shuttersstorm hurricane panels, they will need to also install metal tracts that will hold the sheets of steel or corrugated aluminum in place along the window. The storm panel hurricane shutters are created in a corrugated style so that the pieces can overlap one another, creating an even stronger resistance to the hurricane-force winds. Since there are different storm pane hurricane shutters that are available for installation, it is up to the home owner on which style they would prefer.

One style of the storm panel shutters are inserted to the top tract, while the bottom of the panel is fastened to the bottom tract, which lies underneath the window. It is important to cover the entire window so that there are very little gaps, if any, that the hurricane’s winds can get into and blow the shutters off of the windows. There are two other versions of the storm panels as well: the panels that must be installed on tracts that are permanently set into the walls of the home, and the other are shutters that must be aligned with bolts, quite similar to hanging up a shower curtain. Many people like to purchase the storm panel hurricane shutters because they are the most inexpensive out of all of the shutters. They can also be disassembled once the hurricane has passed, which does not leave the shutters on the house permanently. They are also quite durable, which is what many homeowners are looking for. On the downside, storm panel shutters often have sharp and jagged edges, are cumbersome to maneuver, and some types are too heavy for only one individual to install. Although there may be more cons to pros, the storm panel hurricane shutters are the most popular out of all of the hurricane shutters available on the market.

Accordion Hurricane Shutters

Another form of hurricane shutters are accordion hurricane shutters. Just as the name would suggest, the accordion hurricane shutters open and shut just as an accordion would. They are stored on tracts that are permanently placed into a home, and fold like an accordionaccordion hurricane shutters on either side of the windows for storage. Many home owners like the accordion hurricane style, as it can offer some of the maximum protection from a hurricane’s strong and gusty winds. Also, many home owners like to have the accordion style installed on their homes so that they do not have to worry about trying to apply hurricane shutters when there is a storm that is fast approaching. The cons of having accordion shutters are that the shutters can look aesthetically unappealing on a home, and it is set permanently. As much, accordion shutters run on wheels at the bottom of the tracts. Should any of the wheels break while in use, they can ruin the effectiveness of the shutters from an impending hurricane.

Colonial Hurricane Shutters

Colonial hurricane shutters are another form of shutter protection that can be placed on a house in the hopes of warding off severe damage to a home. These shutters are created in a horizontal, slat-like fashion, quite similar to the old colonial style of window shadings. There are two pieces that latch together in the middle of the window, thus covering the window as protection against the storm. Although colonial shutterscolonial hurricane shutters are still in use, they are not as popular as the other shutters. They are fastened to the house permanently, which can be a huge time saver in the event of an emergency and fast preparedness is needed. Many single home owners like colonial hurricane shutters, because only one person is needed to operate and install them for use. They also come in various ornamental styles, which can appease the homeowners. However, older, and some newer, versions of the colonial hurricane shutters must be adhered together with a rod that is centrally placed on the window. This can make for a much longer time for readiness for the hurricane time that can be used for other preparations.

Bahama Hurricane Shutters

The Bahama hurricane shuttersbahama hurricane shutters are almost exactly like the colonial hurricane shutters, except they come in one piece instead of two. They are installed as permanent fixtures on the home and come in various decorative styles. Some homeowners will not work with the Bahama hurricane shutters, as they feel that they are not effective enough as an alternate version of hurricane shutters. They are not designed to be as rugged and sturdy as the older models and their counterparts, which worries many homeowners.

Roll-Up and Down Hurricane Shutters

Roll-down hurricane shutters are perhaps the best liked of the shutter systems, although it is also the most expensive. Roll-down hurricane shutters can be engaged for window protection at the push of a button. These shutter systems are installed at the top of the windows, and there is a permanent metal receptacle that houses the shutters. Once a centralized button is pushed, the roll-down shutters will drop from their homes and cover the windows. roll down hurricane shuttersThis is the best feature of the shutters, as it is easy on those that live on their own, or who may have a difficult time installing shutters by themselves. On the other hand, the shutters can fail if there is not a battery to back up the controls, leading to unprotected windows.

Protecting one’s home is the most important goal when selecting hurricane shutters. It is important to know which ones work well with the homeowner’s budget, as well as, if they want to invest in long-term shutters. Above all, selecting shutters that will be for the betterment of one’s safety is the best purchase to make.

For professional advise and hurricane installation contact Cat 5 Shutters today.

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Hurricane Protection In South Florida

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 14, 2012

Hurricane Protection In South FloridaEvery year, there are millions of people that invest in a new home, make updates to their current residence, and who are looking at incorporating hurricane shutters to their houses. Hurricane shutters are a great investment to those families that live in hurricane-prone areas or just want the added safety benefit of having them. Hurricane shutters can be the difference of having a safe home to come home to instead of a home that has been obliterated from a catastrophic hurricane. Lets evaluate the types of hurricane shutters available.

An excellent review of the types of hurricane shutters available are provided by Atlantic Armor

Florida Building code requires homes built as of about 1996 to have every window and door opening protected with a tested and approved impact resistant glass window, impact resistant door, or one of many hurricane protection devices (typically aluminum shutters like hurricane panels, accordion shutters, or rolling shutters). But, if your home was built before 1996, it may not have been designed or built with any hurricane protection in mind.

So, if you don’t have hurricane window protection for your entire home or you’re looking to upgrade to an easier-to-use or more attractive product, what are your options? How do you decide if Hurricane Panels, Accordion Hurricane Shutters, Impact Resistant Windows, or Impact Doors are the right choice for your home? Frequently, the final choice is a combination of these different products that fit your budget, the level of convenience you require, and the architecture or design of the structure.

Steel Florida storm panels and aluminum hurricane panels are going to be the least expensive option, but this cost savings comes at the expense of the time and labor required to install and remove them with every storm warning. It can take six hours or even more than a full day to install aluminum hurricane shutters on a larger home, so you must decide very early after a hurricane warning to start putting them up. Steel Florida storm panels and aluminum panels are usually stored in a garage and need to be carried around the house to each opening before installation. When hurricane panels must be installed on the second floor or higher, one or more ladders and a helper may be required. Unfortunately, many emergency room visits occur before and after storms from injuries sustained during hurricane shutter installation or removal. Most of these injuries are cuts that come from handling steel panels or a fall from a ladder or roof. Hurricane panels are a strong and code approved form of hurricane window protection, but the physical effort required to install them must be considered in your decision.

As a result, accordion shutters have become a very popular choice for aluminum hurricane shutters in Broward County. They are easy-to-use and still one of the more affordable options. Accordion storm shutters are permanently attached to your home and can be quickly deployed both upstairs and downstairs. Occasionally, a ladder may be required for those upper floor windows with fixed glass that don’t open or are inaccessible from the inside of a home. Accordion hurricane shutters are available in many colors that coordinate or compliment an exterior house paint scheme. But, accordions can affect the overall appearance of a home and are more noticeable around arched windows and highly visible areas like entry ways and patios. Even though all new accordion shutter systems should be tested to meet the current building codes, the quality and strength of these different products can vary widely.

Selecting an experienced company to design and install your accordion storm shutters is as important as the shutter itself.

Alternatively, many people may want to maintain or update the look of their home or may not be physically able to close accordion hurricane shutters or install storm panels. What if you’re out of town when a storm strikes without a neighbor or family member you can rely on to close or install your aluminum shutters? Impact glass windows and doors might be the answer.

For the ultimate combination of convenience and aesthetics, look no further than PGT WinGuard impact windows and impact resistant doors. While sometimes referred to as hurricane proof windows, these hurricane resistant windows and impact doors do not require hurricane shutters. Sandwiched between layers of glass, a tough center membrane is designed to stay intact in the event the hurricane window is impacted. PGT windows and doors are manufactured in Florida and North Carolina, and the company states that “more than two million WinGuard units have been installed with zero reported impact failures.” PGT windows and impact resistant doors are tested and certified to resist repeated impacts from flying debris, wind-driven rain, and the extreme pushing and pulling pressures exerted on a structure during a hurricane. Simply knock your fingers on the hard thick glass of an impact resistant window, and you’ll quickly see why they’re frequently called hurricane proof windows. Along with their hurricane resistance, hurricane windows also provide an increased level of security, energy efficiency, noise reduction, and UV protection. With all the benefits of hurricane resistant windows, their higher cost may be the only limiting factor.

So whether it’s hurricane shutters or hurricane windows, there is a solution that can be designed to meet your needs. This solution should take into consideration your home’s architecture together with your personal aesthetic preferences, budget, and physical ability now and in the future. Always consult with an experienced contractor prior to your impact window or hurricane shutter installation to determine if there are any architectural features that could limit your final product selection. Lastly, get a permit. Although building codes can vary by city, the installation of impact resistant windows and hurricane shutters in Broward County and Palm Beach requires the project is permitted and inspected by your local building department.

We hope you found these review points valuable in helping you select the right hurricane products to protect your home. For a professional advise and installation, contact Cat 5 Shutters today.

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Accordion Shutters and How To Maintain Them

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 12, 2012

Accordion Shutters and How To Maintain ThemCat 5 accordion hurricane shutters, durability and versatility of accordion hurricane shutters makes installation possible on almost any type of building, wood frame, steel or concrete and block. Cat 5 shutters can be opened and closed from either inside or outside as the window type allows. Cat 5 accordion hurricane shutters permanently become part of any building, they are easily closed or opened by just one person. But like many things in life, without maintenance, things fall apart.  The same rule applies to hurricane shutters. Regardless of the expert installation and product durability, regular maintenance will make a huge difference down the line.

What Are Accordion Hurricane Shutters?

Accordion shutters are mechanical in nature (they roll across a track).  The wheels carry all the weight of the hurricane shutter and coincidentally are the weakest link when it comes to deferred maintenance.  If you live along the coast and haven’t maintained or at least operated your hurricane shutters regularly, let me know how it goes for you next time you try to close them. Accordion shutters help protect your home during hurricanes or other inclement weather. Since they are folded like an accordion, they can curve around convex windows and walls.

Characteristics
  • Maximum strength and security.
  • Convenient operation from inside or outside of house.
  • 4 standard colors, White, Ivory, Beige and Bronze.
  • Unlimited widths and 12′ Heights available.
  • Concealed floor tracks available.
Accordion Shutters are versatile for:
  • Concrete, masonry, steel, wood frame construction.
  • Curved area needing storm protection.
  • Simple slide together operation.
  • Ability to operate and secure from inside as well as outside.

Because they are so easy to use, accordion shutters are a popular option for homes in hurricane-prone parts of the U.S. If you keep your shutters clean and oiled, they should last through many storm seasons. While some window installation companies offer shutter maintenance, you can maintain accordion shutters on your own.

Trisha Bartle, eHow contributor, suggests the following tips on how to maintain your Accordion Hurricane Shutters:

  1. Maintain the tracks at the top and bottom of the window. Clean them of any debris using water and a rag. When dry, apply a thin layer of white or aluminum lubricant along the inside of both tracks.


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Open and close the accordion shutters several times to thoroughly lubricate the tracks and wheels. Make sure to do this while the lubricant is still moist.



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Leave the shutter open in order to clean the slats. For light dirt, use a cloth rag dampened with water. If accordion shutter dirt is hard to remove, use an all-purpose cleaner suited to the shutter acrylic or laminated slats. For 
Clean the other side of the accordion shutters by opening the window and taking out the screen. This will give you access to the inside of the shutter when it is open and extended across the window. Use the same cleaning techniques as you used on the front side.


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Test your shutters regularly. Open and close them, keeping an eye on the tracks and other movable parts. Examine the mounting fasteners to make sure that none are broken. Consider keeping a stockpile of extra fasteners in case of emergency as these may break during a storm.


Shutter Maintenance Tips & Warnings
  • For best results, maintain your accordion shutters at least once each year. If you live in a stormy area, consider maintaining them every six months.
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When cleaning shutter slats, use a light hand or you may damage the slats or the tracks.

When it comes to securing the safety of your family, home and business during severe weather, only the finest storm protection will do. Contact Cat 5 Hurricane Shutters today for a professional advise and installation.

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