Living in coastal Florida requires you to be prepared for hurricanes and extreme weather. Hurricane season in Florida happens each and every year. And while you may not be affected by a hurricane every year it is important to be prepared for when a storm is approaching. There are many options when it comes to protecting your home and loved ones from hurricanes, including hurricane shutters. But if you are new to hurricanes in Florida or do not have hurricane protection you may be asking why you need hurricane shutters? In this guide we discuss the importance of hurricane shutters for your Florida home.
A Quick Introduction to Hurricane Shutters
Hurricane shutters are protective barriers that are installed over the exterior of your windows, doors and other exterior openings. They can be either permanently installed on your home, or removable, such as storm panels.
Their main purpose is to help prevent damage to your property from hurricanes and tropical storms. Specifically, they prevent your glass windows/doors from breaking from the intense winds and flying debris experienced during a hurricane. They prevent more severe damage, such as preventing water intrusion in your home and your home becoming pressurized.
They are made from a variety of materials, including aluminum, steel, and polycarbonate, and certain fabric materials.
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Styles of hurricane shutters:
- Roll down hurricane shutters – these convenient shutters are installed over your windows, doors, etc. and roll up and down on fixed, vertical tracks. They are available in both manual and electric (automatic) operation options.
- Accordion shutters – these shutters are popular in South Florida as they are easy to use and offer good value. They open and close by sliding along fixed, horizontal tracks on the top and bottom of your windows/doors.
- Bahama shutters – also known as Bermuda shutters, these hurricane shutters provide storm protection and great looks. They remain partially closed at an angle over your windows so they also provide shade, which is a great benefit for Florida homes.
- Colonial shutters – these hurricane shutters resemble traditional (board and batten style) shutters that remain on both sides of the window and close over the window for storm protection. They are locked in place by use of a storm bar.
- Storm panels & Fabric storm panels – temporary aluminum, metal, polycarbonate, or Kevlar® fabric panels that are installed and uninstalled for each storm.
The Importance of Hurricane Shutters
Why are hurricane shutters so important for your home and family in Florida? In a nutshell, Hurricane shutters are important because they help to protect your home from the potentially damaging effects of hurricanes. As a result they help to keep your family safe during a storm and provide peace of mind.
Specifically, hurricane shutters can help to protect you and your family from the following:
- Wind damage: Hurricanes bring intense winds and extreme pressures. These can shatter your windows and doors, exposing your home to more severe damage and injury. Hurricane shutters help to protect your windows and doors from these winds, preventing damage to your home, your family, and your belongings.
- Flying debris: As damaging as hurricane winds can be, much damage is caused by wind-borne (flying) debris, such as branches, rocks, and pieces of metal and other building materials. Hurricane shutters create an impact-resistant barrier, helping to protect your windows and doors from being struck by this debris. This of course, prevents damage to your home and helps to protect your family from injury.
- Water damage: Hurricanes can also bring heavy rains, flooding, and storm surge. Hurricane shutters can help to keep water out of your home, protecting your belongings and your property. They do this by preventing your windows and doors from breaking, which allows water intrusion in. Certain types of shutters may also help limit flood or surge water from entering your home.
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In summary hurricane shutters are protective coverings that protect your home’s vulnerable areas. Their function is to protect your windows, doors, and other vulnerable openings during severe storms, such as hurricanes. They protect your home from wind damage, flying debris, and water damage.
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