Are you looking for storm protection for your South Florida home’s windows, doors or lanai? If yes, then you are also probably researching the cost of different types of hurricane shutters. There are many factors that help you decide the type of hurricane shutters you buy, but price is definitely a big one. But you may notice the cost of hurricane shutters can a bit of a mystery because companies don’t usually list their prices online. The reason is because its hard to give a one-size fits all price for impact resistant window treatments. After all, every house and job are different. In this updated guide for 2022 we provide a range of what each popular type of hurricane shutters may cost you. We have also added hurricane screens to the list.
We start with the least expensive shutter options and go up to the more premium hurricane shutters.
Considering impact windows? Check out our article that compares impact windows vs. hurricane shutters.
Hurricane Shutters Cost: the very high-level answer and fine print
Hurricane shutters for a standard house can range anywhere from $10 a square foot to $50 per square foot. For an entire project it could range from a couple thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.
*A few notes on shutter pricing
It should be noted that the price ranges, even for one specific shutter type can vary widely from project to project. So the pricing depends on your specific home, the job, type of materials, and of course, your preference of shutter type (ex: roll down vs storm panels, etc.).
It should also be noted that prices can fluctuate quite a bit over time due to external factors, such as hikes in raw material costs (ie. metal), labor costs, etc.
So please take the costs given below as general pricing guidance. For an actual estimate contact us for a free in-home estimate.
Hurricane Shutter Cost by shutter type
At a high level storm panels are the basic protection, with accordion shutters being a middle of the road option, and roll-downs, Colonial and Bahama varieties being more expensive.
So below we give a price range for each specific type of shutter as well as an overview of what each one is.
Storm Panels: approximately $10 – $15/sqft
What are they?: Storm panels are corrugated panels that overlap each other to protect your windows and doors. They can be constructed of metal, aluminum or clear plastic materials. They attach to your home by screwing them into your home’s exterior walls with specialized fasteners.
These panels are your basic storm protection option. So they are usually thought of as the most economical shutter option as well.
The reason why they are so affordable is because the cost of storm panels is mainly made up of the cost of the materials and labor. The materials used to make them are less costly and they are also not permanently attached. This means they don’t use an engineered system to install and uninstall them (like for instance roll shutters). In turn, this means the cost to produce the finished product is lower.
The cost of our storm panels varies depending on the material you choose (steel, aluminum or clear plastic).
So storm panels are a great option if you are looking for the most economical hurricane shutter cost and don’t mind the manual process of installing storm panels and taking them down.
Learn more details about storm panels.
Clamshell Shutters : starting at $300/window
What are they?: Clamshell shutters are impact resistant, metal awnings that close like clamshells. Crazy, right?
This style is an economical and easy to use form of protection for your home’s windows. You will notice many South Florida homes with them installed because of this.
You can learn more about clamshell shutters here.
Accordion Shutters Cost: approximately $16 – $20/sqft
What are they?: Accordion shutters are extruded aluminum shutters that open and close (expand and compress) horizontally like an accordion. They are permanently installed, and they can be locked from inside or outside your home. They move along a permanently installed track system making them easy to open and close.
Accordion shutters are more expensive then basic panels because they are permanently installed, have more features, and have more components. As a trade off, they are easier to use and have more style options than storm panels.
The cost of our accordion shutters vary depending on the materials of construction, the size needed and the specific features you prefer.
Find out more about our accordion shutters.
Hurricane Fabric: approximately $17/sqft
What is it?: Eurex Armor Panel hurricane fabric is an alternative to traditional hurricane shutter options. Eurex Shutter’s Armor Panel hurricane fabric is made of DuPont KEVLAR® reinforced soft-sided fabric. Because of this the material is light-weight and flexible. So it can be used in complex installations, such as with egress. It is also quick and easier to install than an option such as storm panels.
Learn more about our Armor Panel Fabric Hurricane Panels.
Hurricane Screens Cost: $25 – $29/sqft
What are they?: Hurricane screens are a permanently installed, impact resistant grade screens that open and close vertically on a track. You can choose whether you want them to close manually or automatically (if you opt for electric motors). The electric screens will have an added cost, but they are very easy to use. If you value convenience then the motorized version may be worth the extra cost.
Storm screens are popular for a good reason. Yes, they offer a high level of storm protection, but all of the options on this page do. Screens are popular because they are very attractive and they are also super easy to use. In addition to that they also offer other benefits, such as very effective shade control and added privacy.
Like roll downs and accordions these are a great fit for wide openings. You can use them on big spaces like patios. Many people also choose them because of their high level of functionality. They are excellent for not only protecting your home, but also for making it more enjoyable. This is especially true in geographical areas with extremely strong and bright sun and UV, such as Florida. So you will commonly see them installed on patios (like the ones pictured) and other areas where people tend to “hang out” outside.
Learn more about Eurex Shutters PTX™ Hurricane Screens.
Roll Down Shutters Cost: $25 – $29/sqft
What are they?: Roll down shutters are permanently installed shutters that open and close vertically. They are very easy to use, and can be either manually controlled or opened and closed electronically. Our roll down shutters even have the option to be controlled by a mobile app.
Roll down shutters have a higher cost, but they are still a popular option. This is because of their high-level of protection, functionality, and features. For instance, they offer:
- Easy to use, superior storm protection and security protection
- Instant privacy and a way to control UV and light in your home
- Energy savings when closed
- Sound reduction when closed
- The ability to turn a lanai into an enclosed room
Roll shutters are definitely heavy-duty and durable. The extra features are a bonus, but at their heart they are designed to offer ultimate protection for your home and/or business. This is why they are commonly used for security protection as well.
This shutter option costs more for a few reasons. First, the materials are heavy-duty and made to offer maximum protection. Second, there is a higher-level of design and engineering that goes into each installed system. Third, roll downs have a high-level of features, which make them more complex and pricier.
Continue learning about roll down shutters.
Bahama Shutters Cost: $33 – $50/sqft
What are they?: Bahama shutters are an option for those looking for a certain home aesthetic. They offer permanently installed storm protection while also giving your home a touch of Caribbean style and beauty. They are a great option for storm protection as well as protecting your home from the harsh UV and light of South Florida.
These are simple to operate. They pop out and are locked into place by use of telescoping arms.
Perhaps the biggest reason why people love the Bahama style is because of their good looks. They are considered “aesthetically pleasing”. Our product comes in a wide variety of colors and options. So unlike other, lower cost shutters they can enhance the look of your home or business. This is why people choose them, even though the cost of this hurricane shutter is higher.
Discover our Bahama Style shutters.
Colonial Shutters Cost: $33 – $50/sqft
What are they?: Colonial shutters have Southern Charm and style that enhances the look of your home vs. degrading it. It is easy to match your home’s style because Colonials come in so many different color options.
Even though the Colonial style looks like regular Colonial style window shutters they offer strong hurricane protection. Just make sure you pick a supplier whose products meet and exceed Florida Building Codes and standards.
They are also easy to use. You can open and close them from either inside or outside your house.
Their aesthetic beauty and easy operation do come with a premium price tag.
See the Colonial Style Shutters here.
Learn more about all the different options to protect your windows during a hurricane.
In conclusion, shutters can range anywhere from $10 to $50 per square foot. The cost for an entire project can range from a couple thousand to tens of thousands of dollars. However, the prices can vary widely based on your specific project and based on external factors like material costs and labor.
So in order to get an actual cost it is recommended to get a free in-home estimate to get an actual price for your project. If you are looking for hurricane shutters anywhere in Southwest Florida we would love to help you. Request a consultation below.