Accordion Hurricane Shutters and Colonial Hurricane Shutters
Accordion hurricane shutters are so named because they are housed besides the doors or windows that need protection and when not in use can be folded like an accordion. They offer certain advantages over storm panels; accordion shutters can be permanently affixed on the sides of doors and windows that they are meant to protect and do not take up storage space. However, they do require space on the left and right of the doors and windows.
Accordion hurricane shutters can cost around $16-$20 per square foot and in half an hour you can cover the entire house. Accordion shutters are ideal for protecting balconies and patios from rain and storm. In fact, it is the preferred means of hurricane protection for covering wide expanses. Accordion shutters are made from heavy-duty extruded aluminum or stainless steel.
Usually accordion shutters sold in hurricane-prone places such as South Florida comply with building codes of the region but it is up to you to ensure that the shutters you select fulfill local government mandates for security and safety.
Accordion shutters represent a low-cost hurricane shutter alternative because they are easy to maintain. They require a little lubrication and cleaning once a year, that’s all. Since they need to be installed only once they are ideal for multi-storey structures. Accordion shutters enhance security as they can be locked from within and outside.
Colonial shutters are more than just functional shutters, they add to the décor of the house they are used in. These shutters always come in pairs and are made of either aluminum or steel. These shutters blend easily with your building architecture be it curved tops, angles, arches, etc. These shutters can also be considered to be a second door as they can be locked from inside; offer protection from heat and cold, and afford privacy. They bring in filtered sunlight and minimize glare. These shutters are more expensive than storm panels and accordion shutters and installation requires professional help.
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,