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Hurricane Shutter Installation Guidelines and FAQs

Shutter Installation Overview:

Are you looking to install your shutters yourself or would you like to hire a service professional to handle it for you? Whatever the case, we can help you out!

There are 3 ways  your new shutters:

  1. DIY  (Do-It-Yourself) - if you are handy with a drill and a level, you can perform the installation yourself. We offer written instructions as well as an online “How to” video or DVD. Please see our main installation page to see how each product we sell is installed.


  1. Use an Installer from our Installer Network - over the last several years, we have put together an excellent network of service professionals who can perform your installation for you for a fee. Please see our current list or call our office to be referred to a service professional in your area: 954-474-3557.


  1. Find Your Own Installer - If we don’t have a recommendation in your area, you can use your local handyman, contractor, or other certified service professional  to perform your shutter installation. You can also do a Google search for the Keywords  “handymen or carpenters in your zip code” to find people capable of performing the installation. You can refer them to our installation videos and ask what they would charge to perform the installation.

Shutter Installation F. A. Q.’s:

Q: How hard are your shutters to install?
A: Our shutters are not difficult to install and can be accomplished by anyone who is handy with a drill and a level. Everything you need is included with your order.  Please watch our Shutter Installation Videos to see how each product is installed. On medium to large sizes opening, a helper may be needed to assist you with the installation.

Q: Will I be provided with everything I need to perform the shutter installation?
A: Yes, all the hardware needed to perform your shutter installation is included when you order your shutters.

Q: How long does it take to install the average shutter?
A: Installation times will vary depending on the type of shutter and the size of the shutter and your skill level.  Give yourself an hour per opening.  Once you get the hang of it, you should speed up.

Q: How hard is it to find someone in my area to install my new shutters?
A: Not hard. Call us.  We may be able to refer someone to you from our installer network, or if we don’t have someone in your area you can simply use your local handyman, or search Google for “Handyman or Carpenter  in your zipcode” and call a few and ask if they can perform the installation and what they would charge to do so. 


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Gerald B – December – 2018 - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts

The Rolling Shutters are up and running and fit perfectly.  They appear to be a very high quality product.
Thank you.


Jan T – November – 2018 – Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Barbara, I just wanted to tell you the storm panels went up very nicely and you sent me all the proper panels. I'll be ordering the panels for the rest of the house after the holidays. Thank you again for your assistance and it was a pleasure working with you.


Mike G. - October - 2018 - Port Charlotte, Florida

Excellent Product!   Thank you Ryan.   Please pass my thanks along to Bill and the rest of the team as well.   I am really impressed with the system we received.   Thank you all for continuing that quality product with good support.


Robert H. - September - 2018 - Beaufort, South Carolina

My Accordion Shutters are up!   The windows took about 1.5 hours each. The shutters all fit very nicely, the material and finish is excellent, and they look very good. They are not intrusive at all.  I am pleased, my wife is pleased ( you know that is important) and my neighbor, who helped me was impressed based upon his window/door experience.
Good job! Thanks.

Marcus J. - August - 2018 - St. John, U.S Virgin Islands

Hello everyone at Empire, Marcus from St. John here. 
This project is being done by me and 1 helper, and we're going back much stronger, with many more tap cons, and wedge anchors than the original installers had done.
Your rolling shutters are amazing, great quality and workmanship. Everything is going great so far!

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,

Steffan L. - May - 2018 - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, Florida

I picked up my shipment today at Paradise freight here on St Croix. Your shipping (and your products) deserves the highest rating. Thanks for excellent service..

Accordions : 8 - 10 Weeks
Bahamas & Colonials : 10-12 Wks
Clear Panels : 10 - 14 Days
Hurricane Fabric : 5 - 6 Weeks
Rolling Shutters : 10 Weeks
Storm Panels : 10 - 14 Days




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