In Southwest Florida, hurricane shutters can be an easy way to protect your home or business from gale-force winds, sheets of rain, and dangerous projectiles. But how much will these shutters cost you? Hurricane shutters are often less expensive than impact windows, which makes them more accessible to homeowners on a smaller budget.
Before you decide to buy, though, you'll want to learn more about the different types of hurricane shutters, from the most expensive to the most affordable. That way, you're making the right choice for your home in the Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, or Port Charlotte area. Here are a few of the different types of hurricane shutters you'll want to consider.
Storm panels are the least expensive type of hurricane shutters for your SW Florida home. They can be made from steel, aluminum, or clear polycarbonate, which gives homeowners a lot of choices when it comes to these panels. While these are the least expensive, they do require more work before a storm arrives.
Typically, two people are needed to install them, so they might not be right for you if you live alone. Additionally, because storm panels aren't permanently installed, homeowners need to have a place to store them in between storms. It's a good idea to inspect the panels at least once every year, to make sure they don't need to be replaced.
Accordion Hurricane Shutters
Accordion hurricane shutters are roughly twice the price of storm panels. However, they're quite a bit more convenient. They're permanently affixed to tracks mounted around your windows, and they slide out to connect in the middle. One person can easily ready a home that has accordion hurricane shutters in about half an hour, depending on how many windows the home has. Additionally, they can be locked with a key, which means they can double as a theft deterrent if you need to evacuate your home.
Bahama Hurricane Shutters
The next storm protection option are Bahama hurricane shutters. These are one-piece, slatted shutters that are permanently attached at the top of the window. They're propped open with a horizontal post. Many homeowners like the architectural style of these shutters, which also offer sun protection. But while this type of hurricane shutter offers shade and privacy, they do block out some light. Modern Bahama hurricane shutters tend to be expensive, and they are typically even more costly than roll-down shutters.
Roll Down Hurricane Shutters
Roll down hurricane shutters are the most convenient and advanced type of shutters, but can also be the most expensive type of shutters available -- although they still cost less than impact windows. They're permanently attached to the top of the window, and stored in a box either on the outside or the inside of the building. Since this type of hurricane shutter also offers a convenient form of theft protection and privacy for your home, many homeowners choose to close their roll down shutters during the night or when they’re away.
Roll down shutters can be lowered with either a hand crank or with the help of an electric motor. That makes it possible for one person to ready a home for a storm with just a crank or a push of a button. If homeowners choose the motorized model, it's important to add either a battery backup or a much cheaper 'BMO' (backup manual override) hand crank, so the hurricane shutters can be activated during a power outage.
What’s the Exact Price for Hurricane Shutters for My Home?
There are a few reasons why Storm Solutions can't provide exact prices over the phone or online. Each home is different, and prices are determined based on the style and quality of hurricane shutters you choose, as well as the number and size of the windows on your home or commercial building.
Storm Solutions can provide home and business owners with a free quote for installation of hurricane shutters in the Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, or Port Charlotte area. Call 239-288-4430, visit our website or click on the link below to set up an appointment today.