If you live anywhere in Southwest Florida, from Naples to Port Charlotte, you know how important it is to protect your home from a hurricane. However, whether you choose hurricane shutters or impact windows is entirely up to you. Before you make a decision on the best way to protect your Naples, Fort Myers or Punta Gorda home, learn about both hurricane shutters and impact windows.
About Hurricane Shutters
Hurricane shutters are some of the most common types of protection against a storm. Homeowners can choose from several types of hurricane shutters, including roll down shutters, Bahama shutters, Colonial shutters, accordion shutters, storm panels, or hurricane screens. Costs can vary, depending on the type of hurricane shutters you choose and the number of windows and doors your house has.
Hurricane shutters do require some preparation and this prep time can vary from 15 minutes for the whole house to 15 minutes per window. Because if this prep-time, some people choose to keep their shutters closed throughout our SW Florida storm season. Therefore, some storm panels and hurricane screens are translucent to allow daylight to shine through.
Before deciding on hurricane shutters, a Storm Solutions representative will visit your home and explain the difference between each type and make recommendations based on your needs and budget.
About Impact Windows
Impact windows are excellent options for homeowners who want to protect their home, yet still be able to look outside during the storm. Additionally, they require zero prep work, which means you'll be protected on the off-chance that a storm appears out of the blue or shifts directions quickly. This is particularly important for seasonal residents, people that travel often, or those who may be out of the area on vacation when a storm occurs. You might know someone who this has happened to and you would never want to be 'that' person
Impact windows combine impact-resistant glass and heavy-duty frames made out of vinyl or aluminum. We are often asked how impact windows work. They work in much the same way as your car windshield. They can withstand the impact from small debris with no damage, and if they sustain a direct hit from a very large, fast-flying object like a tree limb, they may crack but they will not shatter and expose your home to the elements.
Though costs can vary depending on size and shape, number of windows and additional features you choose, impact windows typically come with a higher price tag than hurricane shutters.
How To Choose The Right Contractor
Choosing the right contractor is vital, whether you choose hurricane shutters or impact windows. Look for one with a local presence in Southwest Florida that serves homes and businesses from Naples to Port Charlotte so you can be sure that you're dealing with a company that will be around for years to come.
It's not uncommon to find storm chasers (companies that appear after a storm to do repair work on hurricane shutters, impact windows or roofing), but these companies can be unscrupulous and difficult to get in touch with after they leave town. When you work with a local contractor like Storm Solutions, you'll be sure that your warranty will be honored and that you have a resource if you have questions in the future.
Whether you want to protect your home or business with hurricane shutters or impact windows is completely up to you. If you're not sure which is right for you, contact Storm Solutions at (239) 288-4430. To receive a free, in-home estimate, contact Storm Solutions by phone or online through our contact form. We can help ensure that your home is protected, no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.