For most of the year, Floridians can enjoy beautiful weather, sunshine, and beaches. While we still get to enjoy all of these things from June through November, we also find ourselves wary of hurricanes. As Floridians, we know how powerful and destructive hurricanes can be.
Large storms don't occur often, but when they do, the damage can be devastating. The best way to have peace of mind is to prepare for any storm that could hit Southwest Florida.
Here are three of the strongest ways to have good hurricane protection for your home:
If your home is in a low-lying area, a hurricane flood barrier can mean the difference between safely returning to your home after a storm and losing everything to water and mold damage. Sandbags stacked around your home, particularly around doors and entrances, can help retain floodwaters brought in by the storm. While a hurricane flood barrier is one way to keep water out of your home, it won't protect your windows or other openings from wind, debris, and impact.
Types of Hurricane Shutters
That’s why it’s crucial to also implement hurricane shutters, which are one of the most common ways to protect your windows during a hurricane. They come in a variety of styles to fit everyone's needs and budget. Similar to flood barriers, hurricane shutters require some preparation on your part. This can take anywhere from 20 minutes for the entire house, to 20 minutes per window, depending on the shutters you choose.
The different types of hurricane shutters include:
Roll Down Shutters
Roll down shutters are permanently attached to your home. They are rolled into place when a hurricane is coming through the use of an electric motor or a hand crank. While they aren't always the most stylish option, they're affordable and protect your windows.
When you choose roll down shutters with end retention, you don't need all the vertical bars and bracing that comes with other shutters of this type. You'll get the same high-quality protection with a more minimalist look.
Bahama Hurricane Shutters
Another popular option for hurricane protection is Bahama hurricane shutters. These shutters are one of the most stylish options, but they also generally cost more. When you use Bahama hurricane shutters, they permanently stay attached to your home.
They're propped open in normal weather and can be easily folded down and closed when a hurricane threatens the area. The 45-degree angle of these shutters helps block strong sunlight and rain when open, which can make your home feel more comfortable, providing you with benefits all year long!
Accordion Hurricane Shutters
Another good option to protect your home is through the use of accordion hurricane shutters. These hurricane shutters offer permanent protection and fold back against the sides of your windows when they aren't in use.
If a storm threatens, you can have hurricane protection in just a few minutes by pulling them closed and latching them where they meet in the middle. With accordion hurricane shutters, you need to make sure you perform routine maintenance, so they can properly move on their tracks to be easily opened and closed.
Storm Panel Hurricane Shutters
When you're considering hurricane protection on a tighter budget, storm panel hurricane shutters may be the right choice for your needs. These aren't a permanently attached solution like many other types of hurricane shutters; instead, they're stored in a garage or other location until they're needed.
When a storm threatens the area, you can bring these out of storage and attach them over your windows. They come in steel, aluminum, and clear options. The clear look is made from polycarbonate, which can also be arched to match any windows that have an irregular shape.
Plywood Hurricane Shutters
This “option” is never recommended and should be avoided unless as an absolute last case scenario. Plywood will not protect your home in the event of a Category 5 hurricane and can actually cause more harm.
If you do end up nailing plywood over your windows and awnings, try to make sure that the seams, where the two plywood pieces join, are not across the center of the glass. Debris and wind can penetrate those seams and cause damage.
For more information on the types of hurricane shutters offered and which one may be best for you, explore our hurricane shutters pricing guide.
Hurricane impact windows combine heavy-duty frames with impact-resistant glass. Impact windows look like normal windows, and there's nothing to deploy in the event of a hurricane. Impact windows and doors come in a variety of styles that will fit the character of your home.
One of the best things about hurricane impact windows is that they can withstand impacts from both large and small debris. Even after sustaining a direct hit from a large object, such as a tree limb, they may crack — but they won't expose your home to wind or water.
Additionally, unlike hurricane shutters, you won't be left sitting in the dark during a hurricane if your power goes out. Impact windows and doors provide increased protection, reduce the amount of outside noise, and provide protection from ultraviolet (UV) light.
Some insurance companies even offer discounts on installing hurricane shutters, hurricane impact windows, and other varieties of hurricane protection. Check with your insurance provider to see if their discounts may help offset the cost of installation.
In the event of a hurricane, you don't want to be left scrambling and trying to figure out how to protect your home. Purchasing hurricane shutters or impact windows prior to hurricane season is the best way to ensure that your home and valuables are protected in the event of a storm.
Call Storm Solutions for Information Today
Interested in learning more about how to protect your home in the event of a hurricane? Download our free hurricane guide e-book today to explore your options and prepare for the next hurricane season.
When you're ready to get an estimate on quality hurricane protection options, contact us online at Storm Solutions today, or call us at (239) 288-4430. We're here to help you protect your Southwest Florida home.