When it comes to hurricane protection upgrades to your home’s windows, there are so many options, but none are as stylish and tropical as the Bahama shutter. In recent years, Bahama shutters, also known as Bermuda or Island Shutters, are becoming more and more popular here in SWFL. The uptick in popularity is due to their storm-ready nature and classic, tropical appeal.
What are Bahama Hurricane Shutters?
Bahama shutters are a one-piece louvered shutter that attaches with hinges directly above the window. These shutters can be propped open at the full 45 degrees, pulled partly closed to block the sun or fully closed to provide full privacy and storm protection. This hinged design allows you to easily pull them closed in preparation for a storm.
For centuries, these shutters have been used on Caribbean homes, to protect from the intense tropical sun while allowing a breeze to pass through. Today, Bahama shutters are becoming popular with Southwest Florida homeowners for the same reasons. You will find them on beachside cabanas and gazebos, as well as homes and small businesses looking for style and function. There are plenty of reasons you should consider Bahama shutters for your Southwest Florida home.
Here are just a few points to consider:
How do Bahama Hurricane Shutters Work?
Florida isn’t just called the Sunshine State to draw tourists our way. With over 250 sunny days per year, Southwest Florida lives up to that name in earnest. Bahama shutters offer much-needed shade on the sunniest of afternoons. With this added shade, you will also notice cooler temperatures inside your home, resulting in energy savings.
Bahama shutters' design does not just filter in light and cool breezes, they also filter out the gaze of nosey folks passing by. Even when propped fully open, Bahama shutters provide privacy. They act as a privacy shade, allowing you to see outside and preventing outsiders from looking in.
Are Bahama Shutters Hurricane Proof?
Bahama shutters provide significant protection against damaging winds, driving rains, and flying debris of a tropical storm or hurricane. Durable, storm-rated hinges attach the shutters to your home, while the bottom edge locks with a pin or clipping system, securing the shutter tightly in place. The sturdy, angled louvers protect the window from the potentially dangerous impact of flying debris.
Bonus? Bahama shutters are extremely easy to operate when a storm is approaching. Instead of spending hours boarding up with plywood or deploying heavy, slide-in-place style shutters, you only spend a short few minutes closing your shutters. Better yet, there is nothing you need to worry about storing away—the shutters are always in place, ready to be deployed in the event of a storm.
What Materials are Bahama Shutters Available In?
Bahama shutters are a great way to add unique style into an otherwise “average” looking Florida home. Available in sturdy, coated aluminum or wood styles, in a wide array of color choices, they can blend in with your current home styling or even add a pop of color to give your home a unique and interesting look.
Bahama shutters are a fantastic choice for those looking to add easy-to-use hurricane protection to their home while adding a tropical style. Ready to learn more about how Bahama shutters can up your homes’ style and hurricane-readiness? Contact Storm Solutions today for more information or a free in-home estimate!