Hurricane shutters don’t just protect your home from severe weather, they can help increase its resale value too.
There are several different types of hurricane shutters, which we’ll go over in a minute. When you add these shutters to your home, you’ll want to work with an experienced professional. Like one from Louver Shop who can help you find and customize the right product for your home during a free consultation.
Here are the most common types of hurricane shutters and the advantages of adding them to your home.
Types of Hurricane Shutters
Rolling Hurricane Shutters—These are the best type of hurricane shutters, since some models can withstand winds of more than 200 mph. Since rolling hurricane shutters are a permanent part of your home, you can deploy them within minutes when customized with a motorized or automated operating system. They also enhance energy efficiency and protect against intruders. When not in use, these shutters roll into a small housing box above windows or doors. At Louver Shop, our custom LouverShield™ Hurricane Shutters use an extra-small housing box and our unique End Retention System eliminates the need for storm bars.
Storm Bahama Shutters—These are an attractive way to protect your coastal home from hurricanes and other severe weather. Storm Bahama Shutters look just like wood Bahama shutters, but are hurricane rated as they’re made from sturdy aluminum to stop wind and debris. They create shade and let in cool breezes when open and secure your windows and doors when closed.
Storm Louvered Shutters—These are a stylish way to protect your traditional-style home from inclement weather. Storm Louvered Shutters look like wood colonial shutters but are hurricane rated since they’re made from reinforced aluminum. They can be reinforced with storm bars to shield your home against wind and debris.
Accordion Hurricane Shutters—These aluminum shutters are like rolling hurricane shutters, since they’re permanently installed. However, they’re less attractive than rolling shutters and require you to manually open and close them.
Storm Panels—These aluminum, clear or galvanized steel panels are a step up from using plywood on windows and doors. However, they’re heavy and must be installed and removed manually, and then stored when not in use.
5 Benefits of Hurricane Shutters
- They protect your home. Hurricane shutters protect the most vulnerable parts of your home, windows and doors, from flying debris. They’re designed to keep glass from shattering and doors from breaking, and to keep rain out.They can be deployed quickly. Rolling hurricane shutters with automation or motorization can be deployed in minutes, instead of the many hours it takes to nail up plywood or install storm panels. Since they roll into a box, there’s no need for extra storage space for panels. And you won’t have to worry about hurrying to the store to buy plywood.
- They may improve your home’s resale value. Hurricane shutters, especially permanent ones like rolling, storm Bahama or storm louvered, are an attractive feature to potential buyers.
- They can improve your home’s energy efficiency and security. Using some of your shutters to block sunlight during extremely warm days can help keep your home cooler—and may even lower your energy bill. They can also defend against intruders after storms, or when you’re away, which is a great feature for vacation homes.
- They may reduce your insurance premiums. Hurricane shutters can often reduce your home insurance premiums as much as 10%, but the exact amount depends on your insurance company, your policy and your location.
Whether you’re looking to improve your resale or protect what matters most, Louver Shop can help. Our shutter professionals live where you do, so they know the type of weather you’re up against. Contact us at 888-249-5655 to schedule your free consultation today!