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Should I put shutters over my doors ???
Obviously sliding glass doors, french doors or any door with considerable glass in it should be protected. Some double doors or garage doors should either be shuttered or reinforced. In Hurricane Andrew many of these type doors gave way.
Why should I get hurricane shutters ?
People who live in coastal counties from Texas to Maine, and those in other hurricane prone areas, such as most of the Florida peninsula, will find shutters an excellent investment for protecting their lives and property. They protect against wind and wind-borne debris. These shutters protect not only the windows or doors they cover, but also possessions and people inside the building. Once a window or door has been breeched by hurricane winds tremendous pressure is brought to bear on interior walls and upward pressure on the building's roof. This can lead to roof failure which exposes the entire contents of the building to the storm. Shutters are a first line of defense against the hurricane. Much of the damage and building failure in Hurricane Andrew could have been prevented by well installed hurricane shutters over windows and doors.
Why should I bother with shutters if I live in an evacuation zone?
Shutters will protect your house and possessions from wind damage whether you are there or not. If the storm surge should reach your home then the shutters won't protect against the flood of water. But not every place in the evacuation zone will flood. You should take every reasonable precaution to protect your property.
What kinds of shutters are available ?
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  1. Automatic Rolldown Shutters-These are pre-installed, PVC or metal louver shutters. They are housed in a box above each window and roll down along a set of tracks on either side and lock at the bottom. If they are motorized they can be closed with the flick of a switch. For large windows and doors reinforcing rods must be inserted after deployment to insure shutter strength. They may cost from $20 to $35 per square foot of window area.

  2. Accordion Shutters-These are also pre-installed. They often are housed in a box at the side of the widnow or door, are pulled out to deploy them, and are locked either in the middle to the other accordion panel. They may cost from $15 to $25 per square foot.

  3. Bahama Shutters-These are pre-installed and function as shade when not used for protection. Installation is performed by putting the supports out of the way then locking the shutters down onto the building. Prices vary, but cheaper units might not be substantial enough to protect against flying debris. Expect prices from $15 to $20 per square foot.

  4. Awning Shutters-Similar to Bahama shutters, but instead of a louvered shade there is an awning which provides shade and will fold down and fasten to the wall when a hurricane threatens. Prices are similar to the Bahama shutters, $15 to $20 per square foot.

  5. Storm Panel Shutters-These steel or aluminum shutters are stored away when not in use. They usually require a steel channel on the top and bottom of the window that must be anchored prior to installation of the shutters. They require some physical effort to install and may cost from $7 to $15 per square foot of coverage.

  6. Plywood Shutters-The least expensive alternative, but you have to make them yourself and they can be heavy and awkward to install. They should be made of at least 5/8 inch plywood and are fastened to the building either with lag bolts or barrel bolts. For more information on how to make them.
    What are the best kind of shutters ?
    The best kind are those that are affordable, are easy to install, and offer the greatest protection. Which of these properties is most important to you depends on individual circumstances. For a disabled or elderly person it may be ease of installation with either an automatic closing mechanism or accordion type shutters. For those with limited incomes plywood shutters may be the only affordable option. For most people the best compromise would be steel panels, which offer good protection, but are expensive and take effort to install. Aluminum panels are lighter and easier to install, but offer less protection and may not meet the building code for your area.
    Which ever type you decide on it is important to remember that shutters are only as good as the quality of their installation. Ensure that the shutters or their anchors are installed by qualified workmen and that quality materials that meet the building code for your area are used.

    What about the plastic film and shatter resistant windows I've heard about ?
    Although these are remarkable products that are being improved every year, they are no substitute for shutters. If you have windows that for some reason, such as access, can't be shuttered then you may wish to consider using the film or installing the shatter resistant glass.
    Remember that the film only protects the glass, and the frame is still under pressure and the whole window could fail. Windows with these treatments will still suffer damage from the impact of debris and may have to be replaced after a storm, whereas a shutter would take most or all of the energy of such an impact. Films and special glasses also might not meet the building code for your area.

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