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Hurricane Shutters

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Roll Down Shutters

Hurricane shutters are an important part of protecting your home from the potentially devastating effects of a hurricane. They can be made from a variety of materials, including aluminum, steel, and polycarbonate, and come in a variety of styles, such as accordion, roll-down, and Bahama.

Accordion shutters are the most commonly used type of shutter, as they are easy to install and use. They are made of aluminum and consist of a series of panels that fold together to cover your
windows and doors. Accordion shutters are typically installed on the exterior of your home and can
be locked in place to provide maximum protection.

Roll-down shutters are another popular option for hurricane protection. These shutters are made of
aluminum or steel and consist of a series of panels that roll down over your windows and doors
when not in use. These shutters can be operated manually or with a motor, and can be locked in
place for added security.

Bahama shutters are a type of shutter that is attached to the top of your window and can be opened and closed like a regular window. These shutters are typically made of aluminum and provide a more decorative option for hurricane protection. They are not as effective as accordion or roll-down shutters, but they can provide some level of protection and can add to the aesthetic of your home.

When choosing shutters for your home, it's important to consider the type of protection you need. If
you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, it's important to choose shutters that are rated for
high winds and can withstand the force of a hurricane. The American Society for Testing and
Materials (ASTM) has a standard for testing and rating shutters, so be sure to look for shutters that
meet ASTM standards.

Additionally, it's important to consider the size and type of windows and doors you have, as well as
the size of the shutter panels. For example, larger windows may require larger shutter panels, and
sliding glass doors may require a different type of shutter than a regular door.

Installation of hurricane shutters is typically a job best left to professionals. They will have the tools
and equipment necessary to properly install the shutters and ensure that they are secure and
functioning properly. They will also be able to advise you on the best type of shutter for your home
and provide you with an estimate for the cost of installation.

It's also important to regularly maintain your shutters and test them to ensure they are in good
working condition. This includes checking the hardware, such as hinges and latches, to make sure
they are not rusted or worn, and making sure the shutters can be easily opened and closed.

In conclusion, hurricane shutters are an important investment for protecting your home and family
from the damaging winds and flying debris of a hurricane. They come in a variety of styles and
materials, and can provide a level of security and peace of mind during a storm. Be sure to choose
shutters that meet ASTM standards, consider the size and type of windows and doors you have, and have them installed by professionals. Regular maintenance and testing of shutters will ensure they are ready to protect your home when you need them most.

Article Submitted (2023) By: 
Nataly Komova, fitness and nutritionist expert
Human Nutrition & Health, BSc Hons


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