Hurricane protection is a must in the sunshine state and other coastal areas prone to hurricanes. Different hurricane shutters offer different levels of storm protection, ease of use, curb appeal, and functionality. But even though they are a popular form of hurricane protection there are some things that you may consider negatives of hurricane shutters. At the very least, these are things that you should take into consideration when picking your ideal hurricane protection. In this article we cover these considerations in depth so you can be make an informed decision on whether hurricane shutters are right for you.
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Negatives of Hurricane Shutters: Things to Consider
There are a few things to consider when determining whether hurricane shutters are right for you.
It is important to note that we call them “negatives”, but they are not necessarily bad. We try our best in this article to nit pick things so that you are as informed as possible. So some of these things might be things to consider when weighing your options, while others might be things you are already aware of.
And some types of shutters, like all products require some type of maintenance over time. While his is also something you should aware of. Also, some types of shutters look great while others are not made for curb appeal. It is really up to you whether these are “negatives”. At the very least, they are good things to be aware of and consider before making your purchase.
For instance, all products cost money, and different types of shutters will have different price tags. You can generally find a type of shutters that are a fit for your budget.
These “negatives” and/or considerations include the following:
Negative: Potential to have a high cost
It is safe to say that all types of hurricane protection, including plywood and required fasteners cost money. So the fact that hurricane shutters cost money is not necessarily a negative. However, it should be known that hurricane shutters are more expensive than plywood or makeshift hurricane protection. That is true. But at the same time they are generally less expensive than impact windows.
One thing to consider is that there are different shutters for different budgets and needs. Storm panels or fabric hurricane panels are an economical way to protect your home and can be used for many years, unlike plywood (which is expensive in its own right lately). Choosing a middle-of-the-road option like Accordion shutters offers a lot of convenience and value without breaking the bank. And if you want a ton of functionality, convenience or good looks, there are higher cost options available.
So shutters MAY have a high cost. But they may also be budget-friendly and cheaper than other options. It really just depends on which type you buy.
If you want to learn more about the cost of different shutters read our resource on Hurricane Shutters Cost: a 2023 Pricing Guide.
Negative: May need maintenance
Some types of hurricane shutters, especially those that have moving parts, require some maintenance. This is usually as simple as using and inspecting them intermittently to ensure they are working properly. In addition, some kinds, such as accordion shutters require periodic cleaning and lubrication. Others, such as roll down shutters require periodic maintenance and repairs if not working properly.
However, the required maintenance will depend on the specific type of hurricane shutter. Like with the cost, there are shutters that require little to no maintenance, and some that require regular, although simple maintenance.
It is good to be aware of the required maintenance of each shutter type you are considering. This may also help you decide which type of shutter you ultimately chose.
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Positive or Negative: Appearance
Hurricane shutters may positively or negatively alter the appearance of your home. This is different than something like impact windows, which do not alter the appearance of your home.
Some types of storm shutters, such as decorative hurricane shutters may actually help boost your home’s curb appeal. The styling of others is minimal. And some are not exactly intended to be decorative or attractive.
This is one area that you will want to take into consideration. That is because they can change the exterior appearance of your home.
You can use decorative hurricane shutters to help you achieve a certain design style with your home. For example, Bahama shutters are a great tropical design element to achieve that tropical feel. And Colonial hurricane shutters are a great way to add Southern charm to a traditional or Southern style home.
You can also pick a minimalist style of shutter, such as roll down hurricane shutters to minimize the appearance change to your home. In some cases you can even do a hidden roll down shutter installation. This will allow you to conceal the shutter’s housing boxes and tracks. The shutters will only be visible when they are closed.
At the same time, certain styles are not meant to be decorative in nature. Options like storm panels may detract from your home’s appearance when they are installed. However, they do not stay on your home permanently. Other options like clamshell shutters may look out of place or dated on your home.
Conclusion: Negatives of Hurricane Shutters
Different hurricane shutters offer different levels of storm protection, ease of use, curb appeal, and functionality. But even though they are a popular form of hurricane protection there are some things that you may consider negatives of hurricane shutters. These include their cost, maintenance, and appearance on your home. At the very least, these are things that you should take into consideration when picking your ideal hurricane protection.
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