Hurricanes are scary and when they hit, they cause significant damage, but they are a possibility (and sometimes inevitability) of living and owning a property in South Florida. The easiest and least damaging way to install hurricane protection is to have fixed accordion or rolling shutters in place that you can simply open and close when necessary.
So, what are the benefits of fixed rolling and accordion shutters?
Most of the Time, You Won’t Notice Them
These shutters are fixed, but accordion and rolling shutters are designed to hide neatly above or beside your windows and aren’t large and bulky. They are available in a range of colors so you can choose a color to match the frames of your windows or accents on your home.
You Are Always Ready
When you have fixed shutters you don’t have to worry about whether or not you should run to the hardware store to see if they have any plywood boards left for you to nail over your windows. Instead, you can keep an eye on the weather forecast and deploy them when things are looking a little scary.
You Won’t Damage Your Home
If you chose to leave your hurricane defense to the last minute, your only option may be to nail boards over your windows, which means you will damage the outside of your home with holes you will have to repair later.
And, in worst case situations where you aren’t able to put up boards or shutters, you’ll just have to hope and pray the storm doesn’t hit your house.
Rolling and accordion shutters are fixed solutions, meaning you don’t have to store them somewhere on your property or go out to repurchase them next year because they’ve been misplaced or used to build something else. You also won’t have to pay to replace a broken window after a storm.
However, due to normal wear and tear, proper maintenance may be needed for your shutters after a few years. Sometimes a piece like the lock will need to be replaced, which you can have a contractor swap for you. This is still a minimal expense when compared to the repairs you will need to do because of damage caused by a hurricane on your unprotected home.
They Keep You, Your Family, Your Pets or Your Tenants Safe
The most important benefit of fixed shutters is that they protect you and your family or your tenants during a storm. They will prevent debris from flying through the window, potentially harming those inside, or shattering the glass that may also cause harm especially if whipped up by high winds.
Bonus: Help You Receive an Insurance Credit
In Florida, if you protect all of the openings in your home that have glass with shutters, storm panels, or impact-resistant materials, then you can receive a credit on your home owners insurance. Be sure to contact your insurance provider to get more information. Also, ensure that you have a licensed and insured contractor install your hurricane protection in order to receive the credit.
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