Hurrican Shutters

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What Are Most Popular Hurricane Shutters Used

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 5, 2013

What Are Most Popular Hurricane Shutters UsedWhether you’re new to Florida or just need a refresher, here are the most popular types of hurricane shutters. Check them out to determine what will best suit your home.

Storm Panel Shutters

Shutters attach to the walls around windows and doors on bolts or tracks. Storm panels are corrugated, and each piece overlaps the next for maximum strength. These are the least expensive of the permanent shutter systems, but time consuming to install.

Accordion Shutters

These one or two-piece hurricane shutters are housed beside the windows or doors when not in use. They unfold accordion-style to cover and protect during a storm. Accordions are very easy to close in the event of a storm, but much more expensive than panel shutters.

Colonial Shutters

Colonial ShuttersThese are two-piece louvered shutters that attach to the wall beside each window. They fold together to protect the window and can easily be made storm ready by one person, but are expensive.

Bahama Shutters

These one-piece louvered shutters attach directly above the windows and prop open to provide shade for the window. Bahama shutters are storm ready when lowered and secured to the wall. Bahamas can easily be made storm ready by one person, but are expensive and have traditionally been weaker than other systems.

Roll-down Shutters

Roll Down ShuttersThese shutters attach above the window. They roll up and store in an enclosed box when not in use. They are lowered either manually by a hand crank or automatically by push button, and lock in place for storm protection. Roll-downs offer some of the best protection and can easily be made storm ready by one person, but are the most expensive shutter system.

Most Popular Hurricane Shutters

For people in areas prone to hurricanes, there is probably no more important home protection than hurricane shutters. The most popular hurricane shutter model is the steel or aluminum shutter, which attaches to the walls of the house on bolts or tracks set around the windows and doors.

There are three styles of these shutters.

The first uses bolts and tracks: the panel top slips into the track set above the window, and the panel bottom is bolted permanently beneath the window. The second uses C-shaped tracks which are permanently set above and below doors and windows: the shutters bolts slide into the C-tracks on either side, to be aligned with the panel holes. The third style bolts the shutters permanently in place beside doors and windows; these bolts are loosened to hang the panel and screwed tight to secure it.

The steel/aluminum hurricane shutter model is the most popular because its the least expensive, it is removable (for those who dont want the look of the house modified) and they are sturdy, excellent protection. They do require storage, but stack together compactly; however, they are very heavy and may require two people to prepare them.

On average, the steel aluminum hurricane shutters cost between $7 and $9 per square foot; one can count on 15 minutes preparation time per window.

The next most popular of the models for hurricane shutters is the accordion style, which comes in one or two-piece hangings, permanently housed beside doors and windows. These shutters unfold like an accordion to protect windows and doors during a storm. Their advantage is that they are permanently in place and need not be removed or put back during hurricane season. They are also considerably lighter, and can be prepared by one person.

Accordion ShuttersAccordion shutters, being permanent, are designed for beautification of the home rather than giving it a shut-in look to the place, and can actually add to the homes attractive qualities. Some can even be locked, and thus deter theft.
Some consumers do consider them overly bulky on some houses, so one would need to consider the aesthetics of the homes look before installing these shutters. Also, since they glide along tracks with wheels, they can more easily break than other models. They average between $16 and $20 per square foot, and take half an hour to install throughout the house.

Other popular models include the Colonial style, a two-piece louvered shutter that attaches to the wall beside the window, folding together to protect the glass. They are also permanently set in the wall, can be prepared by a single person, and are an attractive feature in many homes.

Their difficulty is that installation includes the setting of a storm bar to lock the Colonials in place, which adds half an hour to a houses prep time; they also cannot be used to cover and protect doors, which means another type of shutter would need to be installed.

Colonials average between $18 and $35 per square foot, and will take at least an hour to install. There is a modified version of these are the Bahama style, which are one-piece models that can be propped open as a shadecost and installation are the same.

Finally, there is the roll-down shutter, permanently set above the windows, which roll up into a drum when not in use; these can be hand-cranked or use remote control, and are extremely sturdy. These are the most expensive of all models, averaging $30 to $55 per square foot, but once installed, they operate easily and quickly.

Contacting a reputable hurricane shutter company is highly recommended for security and safety of your home.

Cat 5 Shutters, LLC Serving Locations Throughout Florida

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. That’s why so many businesses and residents trust Cat 5 Shutters LLC, the world’s leading producer of hurricane shutters based out of West Palm Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County) to help protect the people and property they care about most during Hurricane Season… and throughout the year. Cat 5 Shutters has achieved a A ratings with the Better Business Bureau.

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