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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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