If you are shopping for hurricane protection for your South Florida home you are most likely asking yourself: “Impact Windows vs Hurricane Shutters?” This is a question we get a lot from Southwest Florida homeowners. In this article we will discuss each option, the pros and cons of each.
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Quick answer: What is better impact windows vs hurricane shutters?
The choice really does come down to your preferences and needs.
Impact windows are the best if you have a higher budget and want easy, 24/7 protection. Hurricane shutters are the better option if you want a lower price, a specific style, or don’t mind the look of them.
Below is a run-down of each to help you make a decision.
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Impact windows, also known as hurricane windows or storm windows are windows installed on a home or commercial property. The windows are impact resistant, made to withstand the impact of flying objects during a storm.
Storm windows are your best option if you want (or need) 24/7 storm protection without changing the look of your home. They are also the best choice if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of installing anything before a storm. They will protect your home during a storm. However, if something hits your impact glass, the repair time and cost can be high depending on the damage.
Pros vs shutters:
- look like normal windows so they don’t take away from the look of your home
- offer 24/7 hurricane protection and require zero installation or removal before and after a storm
- allow natural light in the home instead of creating a pitch-black home when installed
Cons vs shutters:
- are more costly then most hurricane shutters both for installation and repair
- repair time can be long if they need to be repaired or replaced
Hurricane shutters are a good choice if you want a lower cost option. They are also a good choice if you want the aesthetics of a certain style of shutter, such as Bahama or Colonial shutters.
Types of Hurricane Shutters
There are many different styles of hurricane shutters, and each varies in terms of looks, ease-of-use and cost. The different styles include:
Regardless of the style all of them are made of materials to protect the glass openings of your South Florida home during a storm.
Pros vs impact glass:
- have a lower cost
- are easier and less costly to repair or replace if damaged
- may add to the style or character of your home (such as bahama or colonial shutters)
- can be a good option for security protection, light control, and privacy as well as storm protection
Cons vs impact glass
- require varying levels of installation and removal before and after a storm, which may be difficult and time consuming
- may degrade the look of your home depending on which shutter style is used
- may require storage (in the case of storm panels)
Common questions about impact windows vs hurricane shutters
Are impact windows the same as hurricane windows?
The answer is yes. Hurricane windows and impact windows are one and the same. They may also be referred to as hurricane resistant windows, impact resistant windows, storm windows, etc. They are designed to withstand flying (wind born) objects during a severe storm, such as a hurricane or tropical storm, etc.
Are hurricane impact windows worth it?
The answer is, it depends on your needs, budget and preferences. If you put a high preference on ease of use and home aesthetics then impact resistant glass is worth it. Insulated varieties also help with insulation of your home, which is helpful in the blistering heat of Southwest Florida.
Do you really need hurricane shutters?
If you live in an area with a high risk of severe storms, such as Southwest or Southeast Florida then it is our opinion that yes, you need hurricane shutters or an adequate form of storm protection.
In conclusion the choice really does come down to your preferences and budget. If you want 24/7 protection without any visual effect on your home then impact windows might be right for you. If you want a more affordable option or specific style shutter and don’t mind the installation process then shutters might be better.
Decide what is important to you and make a decision based on this.
If you are looking for storm protection, including impact windows and hurricane shutters in Fort Myers, Cape Coral or anywhere in Southwest Florida and have questions we are happy to help. Eurex Shutters is the oldest hurricane shutter company in Southwest Florida. And we have over 25,000 satisfied customers for a reason.
Contact us by calling (239) 369-8600 or filling out the form below for a free in-home consultation and estimate. We can review samples and help you determine the best fit for your home and family.