Types of Hurricane Shutters

If you live in a geographical region prone to hurricanes, as we do here in San Antonio, Texas, then you should know that it is almost time for Hurricane season from June to November, and you must be aware of how stressful and costly it can be. So, to get rid of any anxiety of yours, you have got to start preparing now with emergency rations, backup generators, and solar panels, bolting down outdoor furniture, and, most importantly, on the list, installing or repairing damaged storm shutters

During a hurricane, you will have to stay home and anchor down with limited food and supplies, and it might be too late to start getting your storm shutters. For some people, it could be the cost and bad experiences with shutters that didn’t do their jobs, and they opt to stay in their basements or evacuate. Luckily enough for you, there are different types of shutters with different designs, materials, and costs you can choose from to protect your home this season, and to that end, here are some of them.

1. Accordion Shutter

These are permanently installed shutters that take inspiration from an accordion and are designed to fold up when not in use. They are made to be durable using materials like polycarbonate, plastic, and metal, but also fast and easy to open during storms. The fact that they do not require storage, are permanently installed, and are generally less expensive than other shutter types makes them a go-to for storm shutters in large buildings and offices. The only con is that they can ruin the aesthetics of a home, and they are more expensive than storm panel shutters, costing an average of $20 per square foot.

2. Storm Panel Shutter

These are the most common and least expensive types of shutter available. They are removable shutters made from aluminum or plastic and can be ordered to fit whatever size of window you need. Although the installation is quite time-consuming, the cheapness makes it worthwhile, costing around a fourth of what you would use to purchase an accordion shutter. This, combined with the fact that they are very mobile, makes it an attractive option for small residential properties.

3. Bahama Shutters

While the two previous shutters are great, they do have one problem, and it is that they are not easy to access from the inside. Bahama shutters cover this disadvantage while still being stylish, affordable, and durable options made from aluminum and fiberglass. They can even be affixed at a 45-degree angle, allowing for light and breeze to enter despite the ongoing storm. So, while they are more expensive than either accordion or storm panel at around $30, their stylishness and ease of preparation make them the go-to for a lot of suburban homes.

4. Automatic Roll-Down Shutter

Imagine you can just roll down your hurricane shutters from the comfort of your room, and you would be imagining an automatic roll-down shutter. These types of shutters are usually pre-installed PVC or metal shutters that roll up or down a track. They are typically motorized and can be controlled with a flick of a switch, making them the easiest to use and with the quickest use time above the likes of Bahama Shutters. Despite the ease of use and speed they offer, they are still priced at around $30-$35. Due to their ease of use, they are often applied in large office buildings in which it would be a hassle to go from floor to floor manually lowering these shutters.

5. Plywood Shutters

This is the least expensive option, costing around $1 per square foot, and is something that can easily be crafted at home. While not aesthetically pleasing, they can be enough for the job depending on the job and a lack of other types of shutters.

While most of these shutters can be installed with ease, improper installation and not using a durable enough shutter in a location that suffers powerful storms can result in extensive property damage. That’s why you should seek the help of a professional when installing hurricane shutters. Contact Texas Custom Exteriors for affordable installation of hurricane shutters this season to protect your house and family.

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