Bahama shutters – also known as Bermuda shutters – are louvered shutters traditionally made of wood. However, newer models are also made with aluminum or fiberglass and can be a decorative yet durable hurricane protection solution for your home. They can be painted to match your home or to give a bit of color and charm to the exterior.
This type of storm shutter is mounted to the top of the window at a 45 degree angle. Bermuda shutters are one-piece shutters. Each shutter covers one window and can be closed very quickly in preparation for a storm.
Some other benefits of Bahama shutters:
Bahama hurricane shutters can be powder-coated to match any color of paint.
They make a beautiful and protective design statement in addition to almost any exterior.
Bahama shutters have been used for decades in – you guessed it – the Bahamas to protect homes and businesses from hurricane damage. They provide excellent storm protection whether you choose wooden Bahama shutters or aluminum Bahama shutters.
You’ll love how your home looks after installing Bahama shutters. You’ll also enjoy a bit more privacy and a cooler home since the window coverings block much of the hot Florida sunlight from coming into your windows.
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 of installing these durable and decorative shutters is anywhere from $40-$50 per square foot.
If you fancy yourself a DIY pro, then you might consider installing your Bahama shutters yourself. You can purchase shutters at the local big box home improvement store.
Make sure to take accurate measurements of your windows. You’ll need to know the exact height and width of each window you want to hurricane-proof. Remember that Bermuda shutters only work for window openings, not doors or entryways.
Be sure to purchase all the required materials, including:
You’ll need the following tools for the storm shutter installation job: Pencil, drill and drill bits – cement drill bit for cement or brick structures, or a 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 purchasing and installing the hurricane shutters.
Note that hurricane shutters which are not professionally installed may not be covered by a warranty or may have a very short warranty period.
After an expert installation by our hurricane preparedness team, it typically takes a homeowner less than an hour to prepare the entire home for an incoming storm. These storm shutters are a great option for homeowners who don’t want to spend hours hurricane-proofing their home.
Bermuda shutters also add curb appeal to commercial and office buildings and are quick and easy to secure.
To hurricane-proof your home or office with Bermuda shutters, follow these steps:
Maintenance on Bahama shutters is simple, quick, and easy. To keep them functioning properly just lubricate the thumbscrews a couple times per year with “Never-Seize”. You can also ensure the beauty and longevity of your storm shutters by giving them a fresh coat of paint every couple of years.
The National Hurricane Center recommends putting up your hurricane shutters when a hurricane watch is issued for your area.
In Volusia county, hurricane coverings 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 coverings. 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 and screens. Follow the rules of the most specific governing sources. For example, a homeowners association’s rules supersede the codes of your city. If you do not have a HOA, then follow the codes of your city or municipality. If the city in which you live does not have regulations regarding the removal of hurricane shutters, then follow county codes.
Because Bermuda shutters are permanently affixed to the home and offer a decorative flair, they do not need to be “removed”. Ask your local fire department what their recommendations are for keeping exits clear in case of a fire. Always have a clear escape route.
The best hurricane shutters:
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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