Accordion hurricane shutters are typically made from metal (aluminum) or a polycarbonate material. Aluminum is a light-weight, durable, rust-resistant material perfect for weathering the harsh Florida summers.
Although aluminum doesn’t rust, it can begin to corrode over time. The best way to prevent corrosion is to paint the storm shutters with metal paint. This should also be done periodically as preventive maintenance to improve the longevity of your aluminum shutters.
Accordion shutters are one- or two-piece hurricane coverings that are permanently affixed to your home. The accordion shutters travel on a track-and-wheel system. They unfold like an accordion to cover and protect windows or doors during a storm.
Accordion hurricane shutters slide on a track, making it easy for one person to secure the entire home before a storm. Over time, the track used to house the storm panels may break down or get damaged, so proper maintenance is required.
Accordion Hurricane shutters protect your windows from breaking under strong, hurricane force winds and flying debris.
Available in the following colors:
If you’re not sure which hurricane shutters are best for your home, give us a call. We’re available for a free in-home consultation and would be happy to help you choose hurricane shutters that:
The average cost for accordion shutters is $16 – $20 per square foot.
If you fancy yourself a DIY expert, then you might consider installing your accordion shutters yourself. You can purchase shutters at the local big box home improvement store.
Make sure to take accurate measurements of your windows.
Be sure to purchase all the required materials, including:
You’ll need the following tools for the storm shutter installation job: Pencil, level, wrench or socket wrench, drill and drill bits. You’ll need to have cement drill bits for cement or brick structures or metal drill bit for structures with siding or wood structures.
Since each DIY hurricane shutter installation kit has its own instructions, we recommend reading all installation instructions prior to installing the hurricane shutters.
Note that hurricane shutters which are not professionally installed may not be covered by a warranty.
After the initial installation by storm shutter installers, the average storm preparation time for accordion shutters is 15-30 minutes for an entire house.
Here’s how to prepare your home for a hurricane with accordion shutters:
To improve the longevity of your storm shutters follow these three maintenance tips for accordion shutters:
The National Hurricane Center recommends putting up your hurricane shutters when a hurricane watch is issued for your area.
In Volusia county, hurricane shutters need to be removed from the home no later than November 30th each year. The end of November marks the end of peak hurricane season.
Every city has its own codes and ordinances regarding hurricane shutters. Some require hurricane coverings to be removed within 72 hours of a “storm event”. Homeowners associations may also impose their own regulations regarding hurricane shutters. Follow the rules of the most specific governing sources. For example, a homeowners association’s rules supersede the rules of your city. If you do not have a HOA, then follow the rules of your city. If the city in which you live does not have regulations regarding the removal of hurricane shutters, then follow county codes.
However, the best advice for removing storm shutters comes from the fire department. Fire safety officials recommend removing hurricane coverings from your home as soon as the weather is clear and tropical storm conditions have passed. Blocked off windows and doors limit escape routes from the home in case of fire or emergency.
Keep your family safe and remove hurricane coverings as soon as possible.
Accordion shutters are mounted to the outside of the home and do not need to be stored elsewhere. You’ll thank us later when you see all your neighbors numbering heavy plywood panels, carrying them from the house to the shed, and trying to stuff them into nooks and crannies for storage.
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In other words, the best hurricane shutters depend upon factors unique to you and your needs. We’d love the opportunity to create the right storm protection solution for your home or business. So call today!
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