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Which Are the Best Hurricane Shutters?

Major hurricanes result in millions of dollars in property damage. So, it’s critical to protect your house with a quality product. Let’s compare some of the top choices for storm protection: hurricane shutters, impact windows, fabric hurricane shutters and plywood.

Traditional Hurricane Shutters

There are a lot of different types of hurricane shutters. The most popular permanently installed ones include:

  • Roll-down hurricane shutters
  • Bahama hurricane shutters
  • Colonial hurricane shutters

Roll-Down Hurricane Shutters

Automated or smart roll-down hurricane shutters can be ready in seconds. Depending on the model, these aluminum hurricane shutters can endure 200-plus mph winds, add security and enhance energy efficiency. When not in use, they roll up into a small housing box above windows or doors.

Our LouverShield™ Hurricane Shutters offer the ultimate shield for protecting your home:

  • Hurricane rated to withstand 230 mph winds.
  • Exclusive End Retention System eliminates the need for storm bars.
  • Feature an extra-small housing box to hide shutters when not in use.
  • Customizable colors to match your house.
  • Available in manual, motorized, remote control or smart home configurations.
  • Backed by a performance guarantee.

Bahama Hurricane Shutters

Bahama hurricane shutters look like classic Bahama shutters, which provide shade when open and allow in cool breezes when shut. But these decorative hurricane shutters are made from sturdy aluminum that can withstand strong winds and flying debris.

Our Bahama hurricane shutters:

  • Can be down in minutes by folding them against windows.
  • Give privacy, shade and breezes on still days.
  • Come in customizable colors to enhance your house.
  • Are approved by the Miami-Dade HVHZ Building Code, Florida Building Commission and Texas Department of Insurance.
  • Come with a performance guarantee.

Colonial Hurricane Shutters

Colonial hurricane shutters have the style of wood shutters but give the protection of metal hurricane shutters. Like Bahama hurricane shutters, their aluminum construction offers strong protection against high wind and flying debris.

Our colonial hurricane shutters:

  • Can be down in minutes by fastening them against windows.
  • Can be reinforced with storm bars for extra protection.
  • Are available in custom colors to boost curb appeal.
  • Are approved by the Miami-Dade HVHZ Building Code, Florida Building Commission and Texas Department of Insurance.
  • Backed by a performance guarantee.

Impact Windows

With impact windows, you don’t need to install hurricane window shutters. They look like everyday windows but are less likely to break or be sucked out during negative pressure.

They also:

  • Offer instant protection and don’t have to be covered.
  • Let ample light into your house.
  • Block harmful UV rays.
  • Reduce outdoor sound.

The downside of hurricane impact windows is the price. They’re significantly more than hurricane shutters.

Fabric Hurricane Shutters

Fabric hurricane shutters are mesh or reinforced polyvinyl carbonate sheets that connect to your house with grommets, straps or buckles. Some styles can be slid onto tracks.

They also:

  • Are lightweight, making them simple to install.
  • Are more affordable than other hurricane shutters.

Some types have been rated to withstand 275 mph winds, or a Category 5 hurricane. However, strong aluminum styles will offer the highest level of protection from flying debris.

Plywood

Plywood is an affordable way to protect your home before a storm. However, it does have a few downsides:

  • You need a lot of time.
  • You’ll need assistance since sheets are heavy and large.
  • You need to cut, measure and fasten boards with nails or screws.
  • Plywood isn’t a lasting solution and has to be stored when not in use.
  • It’s not attractive and you can’t see out of windows when they’re covered.

We’ll Help You Find the Right Hurricane Shutters

We make it easy to design custom hurricane shutters in Charlotte that complement your home and provide outstanding protection. Get started by contacting us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free, in-home consultation today. Our design pros are local, so they get the weather you’re up against. There’s never any obligation or pressure to buy, just access to free expert advice.

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