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Can Hurricane Shutter Installation be a DIY Project?

Posted by John Lemonakis on Sep 12, 2013 1:50:00 PM

We’re in the middle of storm season and if you’re a homeowner or business owner in Southwest Florida, you know how important hurricane shutters can be. Without them, your place is vulnerable to the gale force winds that can rip through Collier County, Lee County and Charlotte County during major storms and hurricanes.

You might be tempted to do a DIY shutter installation, but most people agree that hurricane shutters need professional installation. However, it's vital to understand why you should use a licensed contractor to install them. Learn when shutter installation can be a DIY project, and when you should leave get professional hurricane shutter installation in SW Florida

DIY Plywood Hurricane Shutters

If you prefer the budget-friendly 'do it yourself' plywood method to ready your home or business for a hurricane, there are a few tips that you should absolutely follow:

  • For the best fit and most protection, plywood should be used on window frames that are at least two inches deep.
  • After measuring your window, cut the plywood 7" wider and 7" taller than the window you want to cover.
  • For concrete construction homes, use a masonry bit to drill holes into the concrete sill and install heavy-duty barrel bolts to keep the plywood in place.
  • Consider painting the plywood using a good quality exterior paint. This will provide years of protection.
  • Number your panels and store in a dry place of your garage for easy access and quick installation when a storm threatens.

Ready to go? Learn more about DYI hurricane shutter installation at this website.

Consider that there are a few negatives when it comes to DIY hurricane shutters. Some homeowners may overestimate their abilities, especially if they're not particularly handy. Additionally, DIY plywood hurricane shutters typically do not qualify for insurance company discounts like professionally installed hurricane shutters do. If you're interested in saving on your home insurance bill, talk to your insurance agent about what type of hurricane shutters qualify.

Why Hire A Professional Company To Install Hurricane Shutters

When you use a professional hurricane shutter installation company like Storm Solutions, you'll get the benefit of years of experience. Look for a contractor that's licensed and uses products that meet or exceed local and state building codes to help ensure that you're purchasing a quality product.

If you don't use a licensed contractor, you can't guarantee that the necessary permissions, permits and clearances have been filed. Additionally, since unlicensed contractors rarely have liability insurance, you won't have any recourse if there are problems down the road.

Professionally installed hurricane shutters usually come with a manufacturer's warranty that protects against defects, and sometimes even an installation warranty. Talk to your sales representative about the different options available for the products you're interested in.

Additionally, a professional company will know exactly which types of hurricane shutters are best for your home. You'll be able to choose from a number of different styles of hurricane shutters, including accordion shutters, roll down shutters, Bahama or colonial shutters.

A company that sells and installs hurricane shutters will be able to explain the differences of each type, give you quotes for different styles, and even show you how to equip the shutters and get ready for a storm. Some hurricane shutters, such as roll down and Bahama, will become permanent fixtures to your home's exterior, while others, like storm panels and storm screens, will require a bit of readying. This is why it's important that you understand the difference between the styles and select the best to fit your lifestyle.

Finally, unlike DIY shutters, professionally installed hurricane shutters can even provide you with a discount on your homeowner's insurance. While benefits can vary according to your policy and your insurance company, you should ask your insurance agent what types of hurricane shutters qualify you for the greatest insurance discount.

If you have questions about hurricane shutters options from Storm Solutions, visit our website or call us at (239) 288-4430. We serve all of Southwest Florida, from Naples to Port Charlotte and we can go over which types of hurricane shutters are best for your home. To receive a FREE in-home estimate, fill out our easy to use contact form or give us a call today!

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