The 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 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 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.