Roll-down hurricane shutters are the easiest to use and offer very good protection against both hurricanes and theft. Roll-down hurricane shutters attach above the window and can be cranked down as when the need arises. Now-a-days you can easily get electrical cranks that have the shutters down fast and smooth, so no more manual cranking if you don’t feel like it. It takes just one person to operate these permanently affixed shutters.
However, the ease of use and sturdiness offered by these shutters makes them an expensive proposition; they can cost $30-$55 per square foot. Another negative with these shutters is that if they are electrically operated then you need to have a battery backup in place to guard against power outages. Check if electrically operated roll-down shutters are equipped with a manual override.
Roll-down shutters are usually made from high-grade aluminum. You should also check the tracks used to run the shutters; check them for strength and maximum width offered. Roll-down hurricane shutters offer protection not just against hurricanes but also against sun, heat, noise, and pollution. These shutters ensure privacy and do not stand out against the façade of your house; they blend in discreetly with your house exteriors. These shutters are effective in cooling homes during summer and they offer insulation against cold by trapping a pocket of air between them and the window.
Hurricane glass is specially made glass that can withstand hurricane force winds without breaking down. Hurricane glass if installed at the time of construction of a house makes hurricane shutters redundant and also makes the new house compliant with modern building code requirements. Hurricane glass is an expensive proposition costing $30-$50 per square-foot. It becomes that much more expensive if you decide to have it retrofitted. This is because the job has to be done by a contractor and the window frames also need to be changed along with the existing window panes.
Hurricane glass is essentially similar to a car windshield. There is a film of plastic between two layers of glass so in the event of a hurricane, the outer glass may crack or break but the plastic sheet prevents any further damage.
When going for a hurricane glass installation, ensure that the installation is water-tight and the glass covers the door / window effectively; look for the best available pre-engineered glass that is a fit for the shape and contours of your doors / windows.
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,