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Nova Scotia Rolling Shutters

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Because Nova Scotia extends far into the ocean, it’s one of the warmest places in Canada. The ocean helps to moderate the temperature, and thus Nova Scotia doesn’t have an extreme range of temperatures. It has a long, late summer with warm temperatures. Because it protrudes out into the Atlantic, it is prone to tropical storms and hurricanes in this late summer and up into the autumn. There have been about forty of these heavy storms, almost half of them hurricanes, to hit the area since records were kept. That’s about one major storm every three years.

Smart homeowners install hurricane shutters on their homes, and rolling shutters are the most convenient and practical. The external motorized roll up shutters are mounted above the window and they can be custom matched in color and style.

Rolling shutters:

    Are the most popular storm shutter available
    Are easy to install on any new or existing home
    Have both electric or manual operation, so even if the power goes out, you’re covered
    Cover even large openings and can be made to fit any style or size window
    Provide protection from heat and light and reduce sun damage to your home
    Improve your insulation from heat and cold
    Give you privacy
    Are easy to operate
    Improve security of your home
    Reduce sounds from outside the home, and increase your privacy
    Are very convenient if you have second story windows or have difficulty reaching windows to manually roll down shutters

If you have impact-approved glass in your windows and doors, you might believe that you don’t need to add hurricane shutters to stay safe. But this isn’t necessarily true: Impact resistant glass can still break if struck by debris thrown by the high winds during a storm. Storm shutters added to the home will protect your windows further and save you the cost of an expensive replacement or repair job. Rolling shutters are a convenient storm and security protection. They can be easily matched to your home, and are unnoticeable unless you close them. They can be added to existing homes or put on your windows right from the start, and they provide you with superior storm protection. If you live in Nova Scotia and want to protect yourself from the frequent tropical storms and hurricanes that occur there, you should add rolling shutters today. Reduce your damage and provide your home and family with protection and peace of mind.

Novia Scotia Storm Shutters

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Nova Scotia has been described as Canada’s ocean playground, and the sea is a major influence on both Nova Scotia’s economy and her climate. Nearly surrounded by the ocean, sailing has always been a major player in the area. In fact, Nova Scotia became a world leader in both building and owning wooden sailing ships in the second half of the 20th century. And Nova Scotia’s cold winters and warm summers climate is tempered by the nearness of the ocean. Travel and tourism in Nova Scotia is also very much a leading component of the economy. The beautiful coastline and wooded countryside draw in travelers, and the area collects millions of dollars in revenue each year from it.

Because of their extensive coastline, Nova Scotia is also endangered by tropical storms and hurricanes. Right now, in fact, Tropical Storm Earl is pounding the area. The storm reached the eastern Canadian coast, after a rapid acceleration, and has maximum sustained winds estimated at 111 km/hr. It’s unsure as yet whether the storm accelerated to hurricane strength when it made landfall, but it still did plenty of damage. The wind battered the coast, storm surge caused flooding, and there were more than 70,000 reports of power cuts.

Smart homeowners along the coast have put storm shutters on their windows and doors. Hurricane shutters can be custom made to fit any window opening, reducing draft and increasing [protection against the storm. When a tropical storm or hurricane hits, there is always a lot of window breakage and shattered doors, and hurricane shutters protect your home from this damage. In addition, there may be pressure build up inside your home during storms, causing your roof to blow off and your walls to collapse instantly. Pressure changes during a hurricane can literally tear your home apart.

There are many types of storm shutters you can add to your home, and the cost is low compared to the repairs you will pay for if you don’t install them. Also, most insurance companies will give you a break on your insurance if you install shutters, reducing the cost of installation even further.

All the following types of storm shutters stay up year-round, reducing the time needed to hurricane-proof your home.

    Bahama shutters fasten at the top and are very much used in tropical areas. They add island flair to your home.
    Colonial shutters add a little old-world Southern style and are a very popular type. They are built of two sections.
    Accordion shutters are a popular style, and are relatively inexpensive. The shutters fold out accordion-style (hence the name) and are fastened to a housing on the window when closed.
    Roll-down shutters are the most convenient type of storm shutter. One touch of a button and they roll down and cover your windows, and you can make your entire home storm-ready in minutes. They also come with a manual option in case of power outages.

No matter what type of hurricane shutter you use, if you live in Nova Scotia they are an excellent addition to your house. They’re the smart way to protect your home and property from damage.