There may be nothing certain in life for most people, but if you live in Florida, you might add hurricanes to the list. Florida is affected by hurricanes more than any other US state; there have only been 18 hurricane seasons since 1851 where Florida was not impacted by storms. Since the year 2000, about 65 hurricanes and tropical cyclones have hit Florida, causing billions of dollars in property damage.
If you live in Southwest Florida, hurricane protection options like impact windows, impact doors, and hurricane shutters are a necessity. But who do you trust your home and family's protection to when it comes to installing, maintaining, and repairing these items? Here are some tips for selecting a reliable hurricane protection contractor.
Find A Hurricane Protection Contractor Before You Need Emergency Service
Protection from hurricane damage should never be an afterthought when you live in Florida. Finding the right contractor, signing the contract, and then undergoing the shutter, screen, and door installations all take time due to differing schedules and order shipment dates. Some hurricane protection solutions can be installed more quickly than others, so you will want to take that into consideration when choosing a contractor.
Thinking of, for example, hurricane shutter installation while the winds are already blasting your home could be a very stressful situation not only for you but your family and pets. You’re less likely to be staring at serious damage to your home if you prepare well before the hurricanes start hitting.
Do your research before you actually need a hurricane protection contractor:
- Look for a locally based licensed and insured contractor with a proven track record.
- Find a hurricane protection contractor that also offers window and shutter repairs and service.
- Because storms can strike at any time, make sure your contractor offers 24-hour emergency service.
Ask for referrals from people you know and trust or take a look at third-party home improvement review websites and read real reviews from real people to find the perfect balance of experience and response time. Once you have a list of contractors, it’s time to narrow it down.
How Many Experiences Do Your Contractor Prospects Actually Have?
If you are debating whether to install impact windows, special laminated glass in heavy-duty frames designed to keep the glass from shattering; hurricane shutters, which you can close over any type of window or door in the case of a storm; or a mix of both – you want a contractor who can recommend and install the best type of protection for your needs and budget.
When you deal with a hurricane protection contractor that specializes in these products, rather than a fly-by-night company that only appears around hurricane season, you can be confident that you are getting professional service from an experienced contractor that will be around for repairs and warranty work years down the road.
Storm Solutions is a Southwest Florida hurricane protection contractor that manufactures and distributes all types of hurricane protection products and deploys factory-trained employees with years of experience for consultations, installations, and repairs. Our business is built on long-lasting relationships cultivated through years of experience providing personalized service to every customer.
A Good Hurricane Protection Contractor Is Versatile
After a storm, you're considered lucky if you only have a couple of damaged windows to deal with. That's why it's important to find a versatile hurricane protection contractor who will be able to repair damage to all types of windows, framing, doors, screens, and more.
When selecting a reliable hurricane protection solutions contractor, find out what services are offered. A good contractor should offer more than just one solution.
Good contractors should have:
- Multiple services. Look for services such as screen enclosures, glass repair, and more.
- Multiple products. You may want to look at different options for your home from strong roll-down shutters to folding glass walls.
- Installation. For convenience, find a contractor that offers the service, products, and installation you need all in one place.
Look for companies with specialized experience with hurricane protection products, and choose a company that has the versatility to install, maintain, repair, and help you plan for future protection needs.
Look for Customer Reviews
When selecting a reputable hurricane protection contractor for professional impact window and hurricane shutter installations, look for one with a long-standing history and positive customer reviews. Consumer review sources, such as Google, can be great for finding unbiased customer testimonials.
Customer Review Analysis Tips
Consider three aspects of any customer review on Google: credibility, date posted, and the star rating. Look for reviews by reviewers who have posted multiple ratings, and have a profile picture to ensure that you are reading reviews from real people. Additionally, take note of the date of the post. The more recent the post, the more relevant the rating. Lastly, look for a contractor who has above a four-star average review rating.
About Storm Solutions
Storm Solutions, a locally-owned contractor for impact windows, impact doors, hurricane shutters, and other hurricane protection solutions, strives to not only provide excellent service after disasters but to help residential and commercial customers plan for the future with new or replacement hurricane protection options.
We approach every project with the philosophy that from beginning to the end, we will treat your home, office, or business as if it were our own. We develop a relationship of communication and trust with our customers and we work hard to give them a sense of confidence.
Ready To Experience the Storm Solutions Difference?
To learn more about impact windows, impact doors, or hurricane shutters in Naples/Marco Island, Fort Myers/Cape Coral, and Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda, just visit our website and read our testimonials from satisfied customers for yourself and call us at (239) 205-7608 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.