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Quality Job in the Keys By CAT 5 Shutters LLC

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 20, 2013

Quality Job in the Keys By CAT 5 Shutters LLCCat 5 Shutters LLC is especially proud to offer the most advanced Hurricane Protection systems on the market today. Available in a wide array of designer styles and colors our easy to use hurricane shutters will add value to your property! Hurricane Protection, Hurricane Shutters, Storm Shutters, Window Shutters or Accordion Hurricane Shutters, whatever you call them we can do them. Below are some of the products we offer, take a look and let us know what we can do for you.

Accordion Shutters: Our Accordion Shutter system is one of the strongest in the industry, the blades in the open position only take up one inch per foot including uni-mate. We are the Manufacturer & Installer!

Bahama Shutters: Bahama shutters provide storm protection as well as sun protection. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.

Colonial Shutters: Provide storm protection as well as cosmetic enhancement. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.

Roll Down Hurricane Shutters: Are the most convenient and easiest system to operate. Roll down shutters will reduce your Air Conditioning costs and lower noise by up to 70% They also will protect your furniture’s exposure to direct sunlight. Available in Clear, White, Ivory Beige and Bronze.

Storm Panel Hurricane Shutters: Inexpensive hurricane protection. These steel or aluminum 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. There are several styles of storm panels to choose from.

Roll Down Hurricane Screens: Fabric Based Hurricane Protection With Storm Catcher Roll Down Screen. Enjoy incredibly effective hurricane protection and the convenience of an electronically controlled or manually operated rolling hurricane screen system.

Stainless Steel Screens: Energy Savings and protection. Fort Security Storm & Door Systems will save you money on your electric bill on the window exposed to the sun. You may also be entitled to a discount from your insurance company. We are the first in the industry to pass the tough Dade County hurricane protocol. Offering 24/7 protection, no more worries for the last minute installation rush of cumbersome, heavy sharp edged or clear hurricane storm panels as the hurricane approaches.

Garage Door Braces: High quality aircraft grade aluminum. Lightweight (14 lbs). Incredibly strong. Telescoping design. Fits garage doors up to 8′ tall. 5 minute install. Even with shutters, if your garage door fails, the full force of the hurricane will enter your home and could possibly blow off your roof or otherwise seriously damage your home.

We do work in the following cities throughout Monroe County:

Plantation Key, Islamorada, Key Largo, Ocean Reef, Tavernier, Marathon, Long Key, Cudjoe Key and Big Pine Key.

Here is another quality job done by CAT 5 Shutters:97652 Overseas Hwy. # 6, Key Largo FL 33037

Drive by any of our jobs we have done and take a look! If you would like to see a quality CAT 5 Shutter job in your area contact us and we will be happy to give you references. Once you see our quality work feel free give us a call to schedule your free estimate for your hurricane protection needs. Call toll free at 1-800-CAT-FIVE or visit us on the web at http://www.cat5hurricaneshutterswpb.com.

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Another Qaulity CAT 5 Hurricane Shutter Job

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 20, 2013

Another Qaulity CAT 5 Hurricane Shutter JobCat 5 Shutters LLC is especially proud to offer the most advanced Hurricane Protection systems on the market today. Available in a wide array of designer styles and colors our easy to use hurricane shutters will add value to your property! Hurricane Protection, Hurricane Shutters, Storm Shutters, Window Shutters or Accordion Hurricane Shutters, whatever you call them we can do them. Below are some of the products we offer, take a look and let us know what we can do for you.

Accordion Shutters: Our Accordion Shutter system is one of the strongest in the industry, the blades in the open position only take up one inch per foot including uni-mate. We are the Manufacturer & Installer!

Bahama Shutters: Bahama shutters provide storm protection as well as sun protection. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.

Colonial Shutters: Provide storm protection as well as cosmetic enhancement. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.

Roll Down Hurricane Shutters: Are the most convenient and easiest system to operate. Roll down shutters will reduce your Air Conditioning costs and lower noise by up to 70% They also will protect your furniture’s exposure to direct sunlight. Available in Clear, White, Ivory Beige and Bronze.

Storm Panel Hurricane Shutters: Inexpensive hurricane protection. These steel or aluminum 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. There are several styles of storm panels to choose from.

Roll Down Hurricane Screens: Fabric Based Hurricane Protection With Storm Catcher Roll Down Screen. Enjoy incredibly effective hurricane protection and the convenience of an electronically controlled or manually operated rolling hurricane screen system.

Stainless Steel Screens: Energy Savings and protection. Fort Security Storm & Door Systems will save you money on your electric bill on the window exposed to the sun. You may also be entitled to a discount from your insurance company. We are the first in the industry to pass the tough Dade County hurricane protocol. Offering 24/7 protection, no more worries for the last minute installation rush of cumbersome, heavy sharp edged or clear hurricane storm panels as the hurricane approaches.

Garage Door Braces: High quality aircraft grade aluminum. Lightweight (14 lbs). Incredibly strong. Telescoping design. Fits garage doors up to 8′ tall. 5 minute install. Even with shutters, if your garage door fails, the full force of the hurricane will enter your home and could possibly blow off your roof or otherwise seriously damage your home.

We do work in the following cities throughout Palm Beach County:

Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Briny Breezes, Cloud Lake, Delray Beach
Glen Ridge, Golf, Greenacres, Golf Stream, Haverhill, Highland Beach, Hypoluxo, Juno Beach, Jupiter,
Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lantana, Manalapan, Loxahatchee Groves
North Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Mangonia Park, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Pahokee, Palm Springs
Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Shores, South Bay, South Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington and
West Palm Beach .

Here is another quality job done by CAT 5 Shutters:  9824 Donata Way, Lake Worth FL 33467

Drive by any of our jobs we have done and take a look! If you would like to see a quality CAT 5 Shutter job in your area contact us and we will be happy to give you references. Once you see our quality work feel free give us a call to schedule your free estimate for your hurricane protection needs. Call toll free at 1-800-CAT-FIVE or visit us on the web at http://www.cat5hurricaneshutterswpb.com.

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Happy Holidays!!

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 20, 2013

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays!!

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Hurricane shutter guide: Compare types, calculate costs

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 18, 2013

Hurricane shutter guide: Compare types, calculate costsHurricane shutters are the most important protection for your home. Our guide helps you compare the pros and cons of various hurricane shutter types.

Hurricane shutters remain the most economical solution for most homeowners to protect window openings in a storm, although hurricane-proof glass is increasingly popular. Prepare ahead of time, say experts, particularly with panels and plywood protection. Make sure the right tools and hardward are on hand before the storm nears. Here’s the lowdown on hurricane shutters and window protection.

Storm panel hurricane shutters

These steel or aluminum 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. There are several styles of storm panels to choose from.

The first style incorporates both tracks and bolts. The top of the panel is slipped into a track above the window, and the bottom of the panel is secured to bolts that are permanently attached beneath the window.

The second style uses a set of C-shaped tracks above and below the windows and doors. Bolts slide into the tracks from either side and must be manually aligned with the holes on the panels.

The third style uses only bolts permanently set into the wall beside the windows and doors. They can be loosened as the panel is hung horizontally, and screwed down to secure it.

The biggest problem with storm panels is that homeowners often don’t check them when they buy a home. Many discover later that panels are missing or were cut improperly, or are too heavy to install themselves.

PROS
— Most inexpensive of the permanent shutter systems.
— Removable, so they don’t change the look of the house when not in use.
— Strong, and can provide excellent protection for both doors and windows.

CONS
— Require storage, but usually stack together tightly and take up little space.
— Can be difficult to handle; hanging can require more than one person.
— Sometimes don’t line up properly.
— Have sharp edges.

Average cost: $7-$8 per square foot;
Average storm preparation time: 15 minutes per window depending on the style.

Accordion hurricane 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.

PROS
— Permanently affixed beside the windows and don’t require any extra storage space.
— Can easily be made storm-ready by one person.
— Some models can be locked with a key and may be used as a theft deterrent.

CONS
— Can look bulky and out-of-place on some houses. Consider the aesthetics before having them installed.
— Glide on wheels, and have the potential to break more easily than some of the other systems.

Average cost: $16-$20 per square foot
Average storm preparation time: 15-30 minutes for an entire house

Colonial hurricane shutters

These are two-piece louvered shutters that attach to the wall beside each window. The fold together to protect the window.

PROS
— Are permanently affixed beside the windows and don’t require any extra storage space.
— Can easily be made storm-ready by one person.
— Are decorative; they can beautify as well as protect your home.

CONS
— Some types of colonials require a storm bar or center rod to lock the shutters in place. This can increase installation time.
— Can’t be used to protect doors, and must be combined with another shutter system to ensure complete home protection.

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

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.

PROS
— Permanently affixed beside the windows and don’t require any extra storage space.
— Can easily be made storm-ready by one person.
— Provide permanent shade and privacy, even in the open position.

CONS
— Have traditionally been weaker than other systems, but the newest models protect well.
— Some people complain that they block too much light.
— Design limits their use. They can’t be used to protect doors.

Average cost: $18-$30 per square foot
Average storm preparation time: 15-30 minutes for an entire house.

Roll-down hurricane shutters

These 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.

PROS
— Are permanently affixed above the windows and don’t require any extra storage space.
— Can easily be made storm-ready by one person.
— Offer some of the best protection, and make an excellent theft deterrent.

CONS
— Most expensive of the popular shutter systems.
— Push-button-operated roll-down shutters require a battery backup system so the shutters can be lowered and raised during power outages.

Average cost: $30-$55 per square foot
Average storm preparation time: Minimum; probably the easiest shutter to operate.

Hurricane glass

This glass can withstand hurricane debris and eliminate the need for hurricane shutters. It costs more, especially to retrofit an older house. Modern code requirements, which already require hurricane shutters or other protections on new houses, make the glass a more practical option at the time of construction.

PROS
— Eliminates the need for hurricane shutters.
— The most practical hurricane glass is similar to a car windshield, with a durable plastic-like layer sandwiched between glass. The outside layers break, but the center prevents a hole.

CONS
— Must be installed by a window contractor.
— The frame must be replaced along with the panes to meet code.

Average cost: $35-$50 a square-foot, including new window frames and layered hurricane glass
Average storm preparation time: None.

Other window coverings

— Some newer window covers are made of a high-tech fabric that allows light and visibility while protecting from high winds effectively enough to meet hurricane codes. One brand is Armor Screen, which costs roughly $15 per square foot. These fabric screens must be installed by a dealer, not the homeowner.
— Few, if any, types of window film as storm protection meet hurricane codes, but may give some limited protection if properly installed.
— Less expensive panes, commonly used as thick plastic-like security windows, are about half the cost of layered panes. But they are less aesthetically satisfactory for household use because they scratch easily and fog when in contact with household cleaning chemicals.

Average cost: Varies widely.
Average storm preparation time: Varies by type.

Plywood

Plywood hurricane shutters do not meet most building codes, yet many homeowners who lack more permanent storm shutter systems cover their homes with them. If you decide to use this system, it is important to install the shutters correctly.

Barrel-bolt plywood shutters
Use on concrete-block stucco homes that have windows inset at least two inches from the exterior wall.

Buy plywood ahead of time, before the rush. Make sure it is at least 5/8 of an inch thick.
Buy 3 or 4-inch barrel bolts, enough for one bolt for a minimum of every 12 inches of plywood.
Cut the plywood sheets to size for each window, allowing for a snug fit in the inset.
For larger windows or sliding doors, attach two pieces of plywood together with 2×4’s or a piano hinge.
Attach bolts to plywood, mark where you need the holes to be drilled in the concrete stucco.
Drill holes, in marked spots in concrete stucco.
When storm approaches, fit plywood into the inset as tightly as possible. You don’t want wind to get under the shutter.

Overlapping plywood shutters
If your windows do not have a 2-inch inset, plywood shutters can overlap.

Buy plywood ahead of time, before the rush. Make sure it is at least 5/8 of an inch thick.
Cut the plywood sheets to size for each window, allowing for an overlap of at least 4 inches. Label each panel.
Drill corresponding holes in the plywood and walls. Use a 1/4-inch drill bit for the wood. Use a masonry or carbide-tipped bit for concrete or stucco walls.
Hammer 1/4-inch lead sleeve anchors – not plastic – into the holes in the wall. The anchors should be at least 2 inches long.
When a hurricane threatens, use tapping screws at least 2 inches long to bolt the plywood in place.

Average cost: $1 – $5 per square foot
Average storm preparation time: 1 – 1 1/2 hours per window.

Contact CAT 5 Shutters, LLC today. We do free estimates. Visit us on the web at www.cat5hurricaneshutterswpb.com or call us toll free at 1-800-cat-five.

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Hurricane shutter guide: Compare types, calculate costs

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 18, 2013

Hurricane shutter guide: Compare types, calculate costsHurricane shutters are the most important protection for your home. Our guide helps you compare the pros and cons of various hurricane shutter types.

Hurricane shutters remain the most economical solution for most homeowners to protect window openings in a storm, although hurricane-proof glass is increasingly popular. Prepare ahead of time, say experts, particularly with panels and plywood protection. Make sure the right tools and hardward are on hand before the storm nears. Here’s the lowdown on hurricane shutters and window protection.

Storm panel hurricane shutters

These steel or aluminum 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. There are several styles of storm panels to choose from.

The first style incorporates both tracks and bolts. The top of the panel is slipped into a track above the window, and the bottom of the panel is secured to bolts that are permanently attached beneath the window.

The second style uses a set of C-shaped tracks above and below the windows and doors. Bolts slide into the tracks from either side and must be manually aligned with the holes on the panels.

The third style uses only bolts permanently set into the wall beside the windows and doors. They can be loosened as the panel is hung horizontally, and screwed down to secure it.

The biggest problem with storm panels is that homeowners often don’t check them when they buy a home. Many discover later that panels are missing or were cut improperly, or are too heavy to install themselves.

PROS
— Most inexpensive of the permanent shutter systems.
— Removable, so they don’t change the look of the house when not in use.
— Strong, and can provide excellent protection for both doors and windows.

CONS
— Require storage, but usually stack together tightly and take up little space.
— Can be difficult to handle; hanging can require more than one person.
— Sometimes don’t line up properly.
— Have sharp edges.

Average cost: $7-$8 per square foot;
Average storm preparation time: 15 minutes per window depending on the style.

Accordion hurricane 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.

PROS
— Permanently affixed beside the windows and don’t require any extra storage space.
— Can easily be made storm-ready by one person.
— Some models can be locked with a key and may be used as a theft deterrent.

CONS
— Can look bulky and out-of-place on some houses. Consider the aesthetics before having them installed.
— Glide on wheels, and have the potential to break more easily than some of the other systems.

Average cost: $16-$20 per square foot
Average storm preparation time: 15-30 minutes for an entire house

Colonial hurricane shutters

These are two-piece louvered shutters that attach to the wall beside each window. The fold together to protect the window.

PROS
— Are permanently affixed beside the windows and don’t require any extra storage space.
— Can easily be made storm-ready by one person.
— Are decorative; they can beautify as well as protect your home.

CONS
— Some types of colonials require a storm bar or center rod to lock the shutters in place. This can increase installation time.
— Can’t be used to protect doors, and must be combined with another shutter system to ensure complete home protection.

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

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.

PROS
— Permanently affixed beside the windows and don’t require any extra storage space.
— Can easily be made storm-ready by one person.
— Provide permanent shade and privacy, even in the open position.

CONS
— Have traditionally been weaker than other systems, but the newest models protect well.
— Some people complain that they block too much light.
— Design limits their use. They can’t be used to protect doors.

Average cost: $18-$30 per square foot
Average storm preparation time: 15-30 minutes for an entire house.

Roll-down hurricane shutters

These 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.

PROS
— Are permanently affixed above the windows and don’t require any extra storage space.
— Can easily be made storm-ready by one person.
— Offer some of the best protection, and make an excellent theft deterrent.

CONS
— Most expensive of the popular shutter systems.
— Push-button-operated roll-down shutters require a battery backup system so the shutters can be lowered and raised during power outages.

Average cost: $30-$55 per square foot
Average storm preparation time: Minimum; probably the easiest shutter to operate.

Hurricane glass

This glass can withstand hurricane debris and eliminate the need for hurricane shutters. It costs more, especially to retrofit an older house. Modern code requirements, which already require hurricane shutters or other protections on new houses, make the glass a more practical option at the time of construction.

PROS
— Eliminates the need for hurricane shutters.
— The most practical hurricane glass is similar to a car windshield, with a durable plastic-like layer sandwiched between glass. The outside layers break, but the center prevents a hole.

CONS
— Must be installed by a window contractor.
— The frame must be replaced along with the panes to meet code.

Average cost: $35-$50 a square-foot, including new window frames and layered hurricane glass
Average storm preparation time: None.

Other window coverings

— Some newer window covers are made of a high-tech fabric that allows light and visibility while protecting from high winds effectively enough to meet hurricane codes. One brand is Armor Screen, which costs roughly $15 per square foot. These fabric screens must be installed by a dealer, not the homeowner.
— Few, if any, types of window film as storm protection meet hurricane codes, but may give some limited protection if properly installed.
— Less expensive panes, commonly used as thick plastic-like security windows, are about half the cost of layered panes. But they are less aesthetically satisfactory for household use because they scratch easily and fog when in contact with household cleaning chemicals.

Average cost: Varies widely.
Average storm preparation time: Varies by type.

Plywood

Plywood hurricane shutters do not meet most building codes, yet many homeowners who lack more permanent storm shutter systems cover their homes with them. If you decide to use this system, it is important to install the shutters correctly.

Barrel-bolt plywood shutters
Use on concrete-block stucco homes that have windows inset at least two inches from the exterior wall.

Buy plywood ahead of time, before the rush. Make sure it is at least 5/8 of an inch thick.
Buy 3 or 4-inch barrel bolts, enough for one bolt for a minimum of every 12 inches of plywood.
Cut the plywood sheets to size for each window, allowing for a snug fit in the inset.
For larger windows or sliding doors, attach two pieces of plywood together with 2×4’s or a piano hinge.
Attach bolts to plywood, mark where you need the holes to be drilled in the concrete stucco.
Drill holes, in marked spots in concrete stucco.
When storm approaches, fit plywood into the inset as tightly as possible. You don’t want wind to get under the shutter.

Overlapping plywood shutters
If your windows do not have a 2-inch inset, plywood shutters can overlap.

Buy plywood ahead of time, before the rush. Make sure it is at least 5/8 of an inch thick.
Cut the plywood sheets to size for each window, allowing for an overlap of at least 4 inches. Label each panel.
Drill corresponding holes in the plywood and walls. Use a 1/4-inch drill bit for the wood. Use a masonry or carbide-tipped bit for concrete or stucco walls.
Hammer 1/4-inch lead sleeve anchors – not plastic – into the holes in the wall. The anchors should be at least 2 inches long.
When a hurricane threatens, use tapping screws at least 2 inches long to bolt the plywood in place.

Average cost: $1 – $5 per square foot
Average storm preparation time: 1 – 1 1/2 hours per window.

Contact CAT 5 Shutters, LLC today. Contact us on the web at www.cat5hurricaenshutterswpb.com or call toll free 1-800-cat-five. We do free estimates.

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Another Quality Job

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 6, 2013

Another Quality JobCat 5 Shutters LLC is especially proud to offer the most advanced Hurricane Protection systems on the market today. Available in a wide array of designer styles and colors our easy to use hurricane shutters will add value to your property! Hurricane Protection, Hurricane Shutters, Storm Shutters, Window Shutters or Accordion Hurricane Shutters, whatever you call them we can do them. Below are some of the products we offer, take a look and let us know what we can do for you.Accordion Shutters: Our Accordion Shutter system is one of the strongest in the industry, the blades in the open position only take up one inch per foot including uni-mate. We are the Manufacturer & Installer!Bahama Shutters: Bahama shutters provide storm protection as well as sun protection. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.Colonial Shutters: Provide storm protection as well as cosmetic enhancement. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.Roll Down Hurricane Shutters: Are the most convenient and easiest system to operate. Roll down shutters will reduce your Air Conditioning costs and lower noise by up to 70% They also will protect your furniture’s exposure to direct sunlight. Available in Clear, White, Ivory Beige and Bronze.Storm Panel Hurricane Shutters: Inexpensive hurricane protection. These steel or aluminum 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. There are several styles of storm panels to choose from.Roll Down Hurricane Screens: Fabric Based Hurricane Protection With Storm Catcher Roll Down Screen. Enjoy incredibly effective hurricane protection and the convenience of an electronically controlled or manually operated rolling hurricane screen system.Stainless Steel Screens: Energy Savings and protection. Fort Security Storm & Door Systems will save you money on your electric bill on the window exposed to the sun. You may also be entitled to a discount from your insurance company. We are the first in the industry to pass the tough Dade County hurricane protocol. Offering 24/7 protection, no more worries for the last minute installation rush of cumbersome, heavy sharp edged or clear hurricane storm panels as the hurricane approaches.Garage Door Braces: High quality aircraft grade aluminum. Lightweight (14 lbs). Incredibly strong. Telescoping design. Fits garage doors up to 8′ tall. 5 minute install. Even with shutters, if your garage door fails, the full force of the hurricane will enter your home and could possibly blow off your roof or otherwise seriously damage your home.We do work in the following cities throughout Monroe County:Plantation Key, Islamorada, Key Largo, Ocean Reef, Tavernier, Marathon, Long Key, Cudjoe Key and Big Pine Key.Here is another quality job done by CAT 5 Shutters: 104500 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037Drive by any of our jobs we have done and take a look! If you would like to see a quality CAT 5 Shutter job in your area contact us and we will be happy to give you references. Once you see our quality work feel free give us a call to schedule your free estimate for your hurricane protection needs. Call toll free at 1-800-CAT-FIVE or visit us on the web at http://www.cat5hurricaneshutterswpb.com.

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Monroe County CAT 5 Job

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 6, 2013

Monroe County CAT 5 JobCat 5 Shutters LLC is especially proud to offer the most advanced Hurricane Protection systems on the market today. Available in a wide array of designer styles and colors our easy to use hurricane shutters will add value to your property! Hurricane Protection, Hurricane Shutters, Storm Shutters, Window Shutters or Accordion Hurricane Shutters, whatever you call them we can do them. Below are some of the products we offer, take a look and let us know what we can do for you.Accordion Shutters: Our Accordion Shutter system is one of the strongest in the industry, the blades in the open position only take up one inch per foot including uni-mate. We are the Manufacturer & Installer!Bahama Shutters: Bahama shutters provide storm protection as well as sun protection. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.Colonial Shutters: Provide storm protection as well as cosmetic enhancement. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.Roll Down Hurricane Shutters: Are the most convenient and easiest system to operate. Roll down shutters will reduce your Air Conditioning costs and lower noise by up to 70% They also will protect your furniture’s exposure to direct sunlight. Available in Clear, White, Ivory Beige and Bronze.Storm Panel Hurricane Shutters: Inexpensive hurricane protection. These steel or aluminum 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. There are several styles of storm panels to choose from.Roll Down Hurricane Screens: Fabric Based Hurricane Protection With Storm Catcher Roll Down Screen. Enjoy incredibly effective hurricane protection and the convenience of an electronically controlled or manually operated rolling hurricane screen system.Stainless Steel Screens: Energy Savings and protection. Fort Security Storm & Door Systems will save you money on your electric bill on the window exposed to the sun. You may also be entitled to a discount from your insurance company. We are the first in the industry to pass the tough Dade County hurricane protocol. Offering 24/7 protection, no more worries for the last minute installation rush of cumbersome, heavy sharp edged or clear hurricane storm panels as the hurricane approaches.Garage Door Braces: High quality aircraft grade aluminum. Lightweight (14 lbs). Incredibly strong. Telescoping design. Fits garage doors up to 8′ tall. 5 minute install. Even with shutters, if your garage door fails, the full force of the hurricane will enter your home and could possibly blow off your roof or otherwise seriously damage your home.We do work in the following cities throughout Monroe County:Plantation Key, Islamorada, Key Largo, Ocean Reef, Tavernier, Marathon, Long Key, Cudjoe Key and Big Pine Key.Here is another quality job done by CAT 5 Shutters:227 Treasure Harbor Dr. Isamorada, FL 33036Drive by any of our jobs we have done and take a look! If you would like to see a quality CAT 5 Shutter job in your area contact us and we will be happy to give you references. Once you see our quality work feel free give us a call to schedule your free estimate for your hurricane protection needs. Call toll free at 1-800-CAT-FIVE or visit us on the web at http://www.cat5hurricaneshutterswpb.com.

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Another CAT 5 Job

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 6, 2013

Another CAT 5 JobCat 5 Shutters LLC is especially proud to offer the most advanced Hurricane Protection systems on the market today. Available in a wide array of designer styles and colors our easy to use hurricane shutters will add value to your property! Hurricane Protection, Hurricane Shutters, Storm Shutters, Window Shutters or Accordion Hurricane Shutters, whatever you call them we can do them. Below are some of the products we offer, take a look and let us know what we can do for you.Accordion Shutters: Our Accordion Shutter system is one of the strongest in the industry, the blades in the open position only take up one inch per foot including uni-mate. We are the Manufacturer & Installer!Bahama Shutters: Bahama shutters provide storm protection as well as sun protection. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.Colonial Shutters: Provide storm protection as well as cosmetic enhancement. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.Roll Down Hurricane Shutters: Are the most convenient and easiest system to operate. Roll down shutters will reduce your Air Conditioning costs and lower noise by up to 70% They also will protect your furniture’s exposure to direct sunlight. Available in Clear, White, Ivory Beige and Bronze.Storm Panel Hurricane Shutters: Inexpensive hurricane protection. These steel or aluminum 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. There are several styles of storm panels to choose from.Roll Down Hurricane Screens: Fabric Based Hurricane Protection With Storm Catcher Roll Down Screen. Enjoy incredibly effective hurricane protection and the convenience of an electronically controlled or manually operated rolling hurricane screen system.Stainless Steel Screens: Energy Savings and protection. Fort Security Storm & Door Systems will save you money on your electric bill on the window exposed to the sun. You may also be entitled to a discount from your insurance company. We are the first in the industry to pass the tough Dade County hurricane protocol. Offering 24/7 protection, no more worries for the last minute installation rush of cumbersome, heavy sharp edged or clear hurricane storm panels as the hurricane approaches.Garage Door Braces: High quality aircraft grade aluminum. Lightweight (14 lbs). Incredibly strong. Telescoping design. Fits garage doors up to 8′ tall. 5 minute install. Even with shutters, if your garage door fails, the full force of the hurricane will enter your home and could possibly blow off your roof or otherwise seriously damage your home.We do work in the following cities throughout Palm Beach County:Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Briny Breezes, Cloud Lake, Delray BeachGlen Ridge, Golf, Greenacres, Golf Stream, Haverhill, Highland Beach, Hypoluxo, Juno Beach, Jupiter,Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lantana, Manalapan, Loxahatchee GrovesNorth Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Mangonia Park, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Pahokee, Palm SpringsRiviera Beach, Palm Beach Shores, South Bay, South Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington andWest Palm Beach .Here is another quality job done by CAT 5 Shutters: 3215 South Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach, FL 33487Drive by any of our jobs we have done and take a look! If you would like to see a quality CAT 5 Shutter job in your area contact us and we will be happy to give you references. Once you see our quality work feel free give us a call to schedule your free estimate for your hurricane protection needs. Call toll free at 1-800-CAT-FIVE or visit us on the web at http://www.cat5hurricaneshutterswpb.com.

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CAT 5 Jobs

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 6, 2013

CAT 5 JobsCat 5 Shutters LLC is especially proud to offer the most advanced Hurricane Protection systems on the market today. Available in a wide array of designer styles and colors our easy to use hurricane shutters will add value to your property! Hurricane Protection, Hurricane Shutters, Storm Shutters, Window Shutters or Accordion Hurricane Shutters, whatever you call them we can do them. Below are some of the products we offer, take a look and let us know what we can do for you.Accordion Shutters: Our Accordion Shutter system is one of the strongest in the industry, the blades in the open position only take up one inch per foot including uni-mate. We are the Manufacturer & Installer!Bahama Shutters: Bahama shutters provide storm protection as well as sun protection. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.Colonial Shutters: Provide storm protection as well as cosmetic enhancement. Available in three types from lightweight to Heavy Hurricane approved.Roll Down Hurricane Shutters: Are the most convenient and easiest system to operate. Roll down shutters will reduce your Air Conditioning costs and lower noise by up to 70% They also will protect your furniture’s exposure to direct sunlight. Available in Clear, White, Ivory Beige and Bronze.Storm Panel Hurricane Shutters: Inexpensive hurricane protection. These steel or aluminum 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. There are several styles of storm panels to choose from.Roll Down Hurricane Screens: Fabric Based Hurricane Protection With Storm Catcher Roll Down Screen. Enjoy incredibly effective hurricane protection and the convenience of an electronically controlled or manually operated rolling hurricane screen system.Stainless Steel Screens: Energy Savings and protection. Fort Security Storm & Door Systems will save you money on your electric bill on the window exposed to the sun. You may also be entitled to a discount from your insurance company. We are the first in the industry to pass the tough Dade County hurricane protocol. Offering 24/7 protection, no more worries for the last minute installation rush of cumbersome, heavy sharp edged or clear hurricane storm panels as the hurricane approaches.Garage Door Braces: High quality aircraft grade aluminum. Lightweight (14 lbs). Incredibly strong. Telescoping design. Fits garage doors up to 8′ tall. 5 minute install. Even with shutters, if your garage door fails, the full force of the hurricane will enter your home and could possibly blow off your roof or otherwise seriously damage your home.We do work in the following cities throughout Palm Beach County:Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Briny Breezes, Cloud Lake, Delray BeachGlen Ridge, Golf, Greenacres, Golf Stream, Haverhill, Highland Beach, Hypoluxo, Juno Beach, Jupiter,Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lantana, Manalapan, Loxahatchee GrovesNorth Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Mangonia Park, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Pahokee, Palm SpringsRiviera Beach, Palm Beach Shores, South Bay, South Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington andWest Palm Beach .Here is another quality job done by CAT 5 Shutters: 550 S. Ocean Blvd Palm Beach, FL 34480Drive by any of our jobs we have done and take a look! If you would like to see a quality CAT 5 Shutter job in your area contact us and we will be happy to give you references. Once you see our quality work feel free give us a call to schedule your free estimate for your hurricane protection needs. Call toll free at 1-800-CAT-FIVE or visit us on the web at http://www.cat5hurricaneshutterswpb.com.

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10 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 5, 2013

10 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Hurricane ShuttersAlthough not an optimal solution, besides installing security glass, Hurricane Shutters are the next best protection for your home during a storm. This report will give you 10 insider tips on the questions you need to ask and the things you need to do before hiring a company to install shutters in your home.Hurricane Shutters remain the most economical solution for most home owners to protect window openings in a storm, although hurricane-proof glass is the very best. Preparing ahead of time is the most effective way to protect your self and your loved ones before a storm. Do not wait until the last minute. Most Hurricane Shutter Companies & Contractors are reliable and honest but make no mistake, there are some who take advantage of poorly educated customers. This information will help you get the best value for your money and avoid being ripped off.

 

Here is the lowdown on the most frequently asked questions and the things you need to do before signing a contract with a company to install your shutters.1. Q. What is the best time of the year to get hurricane shutters? A. Typically hurricane shutter prices are lower during the months of December to March during the off season. Sometimes, however, because of variations on the price of aluminum, which is the prime material to build the shutters, prices could actually be higher than during the season months. Pricing during the off season months also varies depending on how much hurricane activity we had during the immediately previous season. The more activity, the higher the chances that the prices will remain unchanged and even go up during the off season. 2. Q. How do I know that I am getting the best value, the best deal for my money and that I am not going to get ripped off? A. The short answer is most times you don’t. Unless you do 6 specific things before you sign a contract:– Get two 2 to 3 estimates to have a idea of the market prices- Ask for proof of authorization to build & install the shutters you are buying. The NOA or Notice of Acceptance is a document issued by the Miami Dade Building Department specifically to the name of the company that is selling a particular hurricane shutter model. This document specifies the material to be used to build the shutters and the installation parameters to follow. – Ask for proof of their local or state license such as a building or general contractor license. It is very important that this license shows its association with the company that you’re buying the shutters from. The reason this is so important is because a company without the proper license is not authorized to do any type of hurricane shutter installation and will not be able to pull the proper permits with the different municipalities. Hiring a company that “rents” a license from someone else in order to pull permits exposes you to problems. Who will be responsible to you if a problem arises, the company or the contractor?- Ask for references with which you can verify the quality and integrity of their work- Ask that a committed installation time be written in the contract with a penalty if this time is not met– And one of the most important things you must NOT do is give more than 5% of the value of the contract as a deposit. Steer away from companies that want more.3. Q. How long does it take to get hurricane shutters installed?A. Typically the entire process takes between 2 to 3 weeks. This could vary depending on how long the City takes in issuing a permit which averages a week.4. Q. Is a permit required to have my shutters installed?A. In Florida, it is required to get a building permit for almost everything, short of changing a light bulb. The company that you hire should have certified contractor in their staff who can apply for the proper permits and schedule the corresponding inspections. A permit ensures that the materials used and the installation are building code compliant. Shutters that are installed without a permit could be asked to be removed by the City Building Department and you could be fined.5. Q. Do I need to be home when the shutters are being installed? A. You don’t need to be home for the hurricane shutters to be installed. All the work is done from the outside. If you are getting hurricane proof windows or doors, you do need to be home since these require the work to be done from the inside as well as the outside 6. Q. What happens if the city inspector does not approve the installation? Do I need to pay more for a re-inspection?A. The short answer is NO. If for any reason the inspector does not approve the installation, the company you hired should make all the proper corrections and schedule a re-inspection with the building official. All fees associated with this re-inspection should be the responsibility of the company you hired to do the work7. Q. What are the best kinds of shutters to install?A. The best kinds of shutters to install are those that are affordable, are easy to install or operate and offer the greatest protection and meet the Miami Dade County Building Code. Which of these characteristics is more important to you depends on your individual circumstances. For those with limited income panels are the best option. If you decide on panels make sure you get aluminum panels with tracks. These are much lighter than the conventional steel panels, offer the same degree of protection, are much easier to install and carry around and do not differ much in price when compared with the conventional and heavy steel panels. Remember that hurricane shutters are only as good as the installation. Ensure that the shutters are being installed by an experienced and reliable company and that they are made of quality and approved materials; ask for the NOA (Notice of Acceptance) which should be issued to the name of the company you are hiring to do the work 8. Q. What is one of the biggest mistakes people make when buying hurricane shutters? A. One of the biggest mistakes people make when buying hurricane shutters is to buy them solely on price. Of course you want to get the best possible deal but you also want to get the best possible product and installation for the amount of money you are paying. Remember, hurricane shutters are only as good as the way they are installed and the quality of the materials used to build them. 9. Q. If I have pavers in my house, can accordion shutters be securely installed to cover my existing Sliding or French doors? A. Yes but ONLY if the pavers are installed over an existing concrete slab. If they are not, a 6″ wide by 4″ deep concrete footing must be installed under the pavers where the hurricane shutter is to be secured. Longer concrete screws must be used to ensure that the shutter is properly anchored to the concrete footing. The concrete screws must go into the concrete at least 1 ¾ “. Some companies do not do this to save money. 10. Q. I have hurricane panels I want to replace for accordion shutters. What is the best way to dispose of my old panels? A. The best way to get rid of your old panels is to call your local Habitat for Humanity. They will come and pick them up for free and will give you a receipt for the commercial value of your panels. The company you are hiring to install your accordion shutters should be able to tell you what that value is. You can write off the value of the panels on your income tax return as a charity gift. At CAT 5 Shutters, LLC in Islamorada, FL, we following all regulations and only supply Miami-Dade approved products. Contact us today toll free at 1-800-CAT-FIVE or visit us on the web at http://www.cat5hurricaneshutters.com. We offer free estimates.

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