Southwest Florida has been hit by the second highest number of hurricanes in Florida since 1851, according to Universal Property. An insane number, 79 tropical or subtropical storms, have affected Florida in just the last 20 years. As a result, if you live in Southwest Florida you know the need to protect your home or business against storms is a must. Protecting your property and family are priority #1. So have you installed hurricane shutters on your home? If not, then this article should be helpful. It aims to help you choose the best hurricane shutters for your Southwest Florida home (or business).
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Criteria When Choosing the Best Hurricane Shutters
The best storm shutters for your windows and doors comes down to you. In others words, the right option is dependent on your specific needs, what you are looking for, and your budget. Here’s some things to consider.
1. Aesthetics (How they look)
The curb appeal and style of your home or business is critical, even if its just so you are happy with the way it looks. You surely want to be proud of your home and its appearance. So you should consider aesthetics, or how each type of storm shutter will affect the appearance of your home when deciding the best shutters for you.
On the flip side, if you just want to limit the noticeability of the shutters on your home then a lower profile option like accordion or roll down shutters could be a good fit.
2. Functionality and features
Think about how often you plan on using the shutters. Also think about what you want to use the shutters for. Yes, the main purpose of hurricane shutters is for hurricane protection. But some hurricane shutters also offer other benefits, such as shade and security.
3. Budget (how much you want to pay)
The cost of the hurricane shutters may be a major determining factor for you. Different types of shutters have different costs. Because of this you should determine what your budget is. This will help you determine which types of shutters to narrow down your list. If budget is the most important factor then the best shutter choice will be the least expensive, such as storm panels.
Our Choices: Best Hurricane Shutters For Different Needs
Best Hurricane Shutters for value
Accordion shutters: Accordions are great if you are looking for hurricane protection with high functionality and a reasonable price.
Best storm shutters for ease-of-use
Roll down shutters: if you are looking for ease of use then roll-down shutters with an electric motor are the best option.
Best for security shutters
Roll down shutters: roll down shutters offer a high level of protection against both storms and intruders. This is due to the fact that they are built to be impermeable and are locking.
Best option for 24/7 protection
Impact glass: If you are looking for 24/7 protection without any preparation before a storm then impact windows and doors are the way to go. Impact glass requires zero hurricane shutter installation once they are installed.
Best for budget
If you need the lowest cost hurricane shutter option, then storm panels (hurricane panels) are your best bet. They offer strong protection for the most affordable price, yet they are the most difficult to install and use.
Get a sense of the process and timing for installing panels here.
Best for difficult installations
Hurricane Fabric: fabric shutters, such as ArmorPanel hurricane fabric are a good choice when you have tough installs, such as egress installations.
Best Hurricane Shutters to let natural light in
If you are looking to let natural light in your home while the shutters are installed you should seriously consider clear hurricane shutters. Even better, you can get clear shutters in several types of styles of shutters, such as storm panels, accordion shutters, etc.
Still Don’t Know What the Best Hurricane Shutters are For You?
We would love to help. Our complimentary in-home or over the phone consultations are a great way to explore your options, learn the cost of different hurricane shutters and get your questions answered. We have been installing impact windows and impact shutters in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples/Marco Island and the rest of Southwest Florida for 35+ years, and we would love to work with you. Contact us at 239-369-8600 or fill out our quick form on this page to get started.