Roll Down Shutters

What are roll down shutters made of?

Roll down shutters are made of strong aluminum and offer convenient, durable protection for your home. Aluminum is a corrosion-resistant material that fares well even in the salty ocean breezes of the Florida coast.

How do roll down shutters work?

Roll down shutters do exactly that – roll down over an opening – to secure your home and protect it from hurricane damage. They can be deployed with the flip of a switch or manually and do not require additional storage space when not in use. Roll down shutters don’t take long to deploy – less than an hour – and can be done easily by one person.

What do roll down shutters look like?

white roll down shutters on yellow Florida beach house

Are roll down shutters effective?

Although they are one of the most expensive hurricane protection systems, roll down shutters are very effective and convenient. They offer lifetime protection of the home but require more regular maintenance and upkeep than the other types of hurricane shutters. 

Roll down shutters can protect your home from hurricane damage from high winds, flying debris, and water.

What are the pros and cons of installing roll down shutters?

Pros of Roll Down Shutters

  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Strong and durable

Cons of Roll Down Shutters

  • Requires quarterly maintenance
  • Tracks may wear down over time

Compare & Choose Hurricane Shutters

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:

  • Look beautiful
  • Are easy for you to install 
  • Protect your home and family
  • Fit into your budget
  • Meet all your needs

How much does it cost to install roll down shutters?

Roll down shutters are the most expensive hurricane covering available ranging from $40-$65 per square foot. 

How to install roll down shutters

Roll down shutters are permanently affixed to window or door openings at the top of the opening. The curtains – or protective coverings – are housed inside a hood until they are deployed before a hurricane. The shutters roll down to cover the opening and rest inside a track at the bottom of the opening. 

There are a few different ways to roll down shutters:

  • Electric mechanism
  • Hand crank
  • Manual
  • Pull strap

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How long does it take to install roll down shutters?

Once roll down shutters are professionally installed, they can be very quickly deployed when a hurricane watch is issued. If you decide to purchase electric roll down shutters, all it takes is the push of a button to hurricane-proof your home. If you decide to choose the less expensive crank roll down shutters, it may not be as simple as pushing a button, but it still only requires one person and a few minutes of time – typically less than an hour to protect your whole home.

How to maintain roll down shutters

Roll down shutters require regular maintenance, but keeping them in good condition will ensure their longevity and protect your home for many years to come. Here are your quarterly maintenance tips for roll down shutters:

  • Clean shutter tracks to remove debris
  • Roll down shutters and inspect for damage
  • Wash shutters with mild detergent, rinse, and dry completely
  • Lubricate bearings at least once a year, more often if squeaking develops. Remove the hood cover to service or lubricate the bearing.

When to use hurricane shutters

The National Hurricane Center recommends putting up your hurricane shutters when a hurricane watch is issued for your area.

  • A hurricane watch is issued whenever tropical storm conditions are expected to begin within 48 hours. 
  • Hurricane warnings are issued when tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours.

When do I need to remove my accordion shutters?

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.

Which hurricane shutters are best?

The best hurricane shutters:

  • Protect your home from hurricane damage
  • Fit into your budget
  • Maintain your home’s curb appeal
  • Are convenient to deploy
  • Give you peace of mind

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!

Pros & Cons of Each Type of Hurricane Shutter

Pros of Accordion Shutters

  • Can be locked and secured to prevent theft
  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Fits over any size window or door
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Strong and durable

Cons of Accordion Shutters

  • Blocks exits in case of emergency (see below)
  • Bulky – may look bad on some types of homes
  • Tracks may wear down over time

Pros of Bahama Shutters

  • Colors are fully customizable
  • Decorative and durable
  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Provides shade and protection

Cons of Bahama Shutters

  • Used for windows only

Pros of Colonial Shutters

  • Adds to curb appeal of the home
  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Strong and durable

Cons of Colonial Shutters

  • Installing the storm bar or center rod to lock the shutters in preparation for a storm increases installation time.

Pros of Roll Down Shutters

  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Strong and durable 

Cons of Roll Down Shutters 

  • Requires quarterly maintenance
  • Tracks may wear down over time

Pros of Hurricane Panels

  • Fits over any size window or door
  • Least expensive hurricane covering
  • Lightweight
  • Removable – doesn’t alter curb appeal
  • Strong and durable

Cons of Hurricane Panels

  • May have sharp edges
  • More than one person needed to install
  • Panels may not line up properly
  • Requires labelling and proper organization
  • Requires storage space
  • Takes more than an hour to install