When it comes to hurricane protection upgrades to your home’s windows, there are so many options, but none are as distinctly stylish and tropical as the Bahama shutter. These shutters, also known as Bermuda or Island Style shutters, are becoming more common here in Southwest Florida in recent years. The uptick in popularity is due to their storm-ready nature and classic, tropical appeal.
What are Bahama Shutters?
Bahama shutters are a one-piece louvered shutter that attaches with hinges directly above the window. The shutters can be propped open at the full 45 degrees, pulled partly closed to block more 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.
These shutters have been used on Caribbean homes, to protect from the intense tropical sun while allowing a breeze to pass through, for centuries. Today, Bahama shutters are becoming popular with Southwest Florida homeowners for this same reasons. You will find them on beachside cabanas and gazebos, as well as homes and small businesses looking for style and function.
Why Bahama Shutters?
There are plenty of reasons you should consider Bahama shutters for your Southwest Florida home – here are just a few:
- Design Appeal— Bahama shutters are a great way to inject 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.
- Light Control— 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.
- Privacy, Please!—Bahama shutters' design does not just filter in light and cool breezes, but they also filter out the gaze of nosey folks passing by. Even when propped fully open, Bahama shutters provide privacy. They allow you to see out, but others may not see in.
- Hurricane Protection—Perhaps most importantly, 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.
Bahama shutters are a fantastic choice for those looking to add easy-to-use hurricane protection to their home with effortless 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!