If you feel that your home or a particular portion of your house is not adequately protected from the coming storm season then you can either purchase hurricane storm shutters or build some yourself. Yes, building hurricane storm shutters for a window or door is not all that difficult and can be in interesting project for DIY enthusiasts.
In case you decide to build your own hurricane shutters, here are a few things to be kept in mind. Plywood shutters are easy to build and movable individual slats of these shutters can also be manipulated to regulate the amount of sunlight in a room. Choose plywood that is at least 3/4 inch or 5/8 inch thick that is strong without any cracks and visible imperfections. Strong plywood is key in building storm shutters that can protect your property. Use heavy duty bolts, 3-inch or larger to secure the plywood outside the windows. Depending upon the size of the window you may require six or eight bolts.
Before you begin, measure and cut each piece of plywood with an electrical saw so that it fits snugly with the window. Mark each cut plywood so that you know which plywood is for which window. Depending upon the width of the plywood pieces, you can place them every one and half to two feet apart. Also mark the spot where the bolts are supposed to go in so that the pieces are aligned one below the other in a systematic manner. Ensure that you use drill bits for the holes so that the bolts fit snugly otherwise all your efforts for putting up the hurricane shutters will come to naught if the shutters come loose in a storm.
Once the plywood shutter is up, they don’t require much care but some waterproofing and varnishing will keep them in shape to resist the wind and dampness that comes with a hurricane. Remember that the plywood hurricane shutter will only be as good as you make it to be. So take time to get plywood pieces with the correct dimensions and secure them properly. These can last you for more than a season if you construct them right and take some care of them.
David G. - July - 2018 - Sarasota, Florida
We wanted to self-install so we bought accordions and roll downs from Empire Construction.We measured our window and patio and sent Empire the specs.The shutters were an exact match.Installation is very doable for two reasonably mechanical people. In this case it was only one mechanical person and some extra hands. The accordions were a breeze as installation was mostly marking holes for spots, drilling holes, and screwing them in.Our accordions have locking pins that hold them open and act as a second lock when closed. Even if a projectile breaks the lock the rods will keep the shutters closed.These shutters are Bertha HV1. They are High Velocity Hurricane Zone Approved. Having seen a wide range of shutters we are extremely happy with the quality of the product we received!!
Jim J. - June - 2018 - Homestead , Florida
I installed fourteen aluminum accordion shutters which I purchased from Empire Construction.I could not be happier with my choice.The shutters are made very well and are powder-coated.The purchase included all of the required hardware which was powder-coated to match the shutters.The company is very customer-oriented.Michael and his staff were wonderful.They were attentive, helpful, and a delight to work with.The installation video on the website made the installation very easy.I highly recommend Empire Construction to anyone considering a purchase of hurricane shutters. Thanks again. Please say Hi to everyone,