Our first article serves as a general guide on Hurricane Shutters. We are going to address their types and the materials they are made of, besides showing how useful they can be to protect your home.
The Accordion Shutters come from a locking system with metal bars in the shape of an accordion (as the name itself blatantly indicates), generally with a lock placed in the middle. This type is convenient due to its practicality and safeness. It comes preinstalled already, it fits almost every type of doors and windows, and it is as simple to open as it is to close it.
It is made of aluminum almost every time, due to the fact that it is a light and resistant material. But beware, try to always know the material’s origin, as we always recommend the one that is made in the United States, considering that the quality control is heftier in here, therefore granting a better quality overall.
The Storm Panel is a more simple and economic type than the accordion, however, it doesn’t fall short when it comes to security. Generally it is made of aluminum or steel. The aluminum one is lighter and more resistant to corrosion. The steel one, in the other hand, is the most economic option. They are usually fixed with butterfly screws, and some effort is required for the installation process, but their placement is still easy and straightforward nonetheless.
Roll Up Shutters
This one is the type that will probably grant higher levels of practicality. It can be manual or electric, while, in the latter, a click on a control button is all that it takes to open and close it. Besides this, it can have several uses, such as sun blocking, because it can stay open, or in matters related to safety, taking into consideration that in can be easily opened and closed whenever you left and get back to your house, and its maintenance is really smooth as well.
Impact Windows and Doors
This type often adapts itself more easily to the architectural style of homes in general, given the fact that is comprised of normal windows and doors, however, made from a thicker glass, and the choice of two materials to create its framework: aluminum or vinyl. The former is more resistant than the latter, but it is less resistant to corrosion nevertheless. The vinyl for instance is more economic. In case you consider this to be the best option for your house, keep in mind that it is very important to verify the materials’ origin and their proper test certificates.
What is the importance of Hurricane Shutter to your home?
The Hurricane Shutter has two main functions: the first is to protect against flying objects, which are rather common during the hurricanes’ strong winds, and the second is to protect against the negative pressure caused by the wind’s speed. I am going to further explain this.
Regarding the first, the most crucial part is the quality of the material used to protect the house parts which commonly are the most sensible: the windows and the doors. Thus, it is vital to assess if the company that is providing the service is properly registered in your state, and if it has other certificate types.
About the pressure, if there is any path through which the wind can run through your house during a hurricane, such a broken window, the pressure arising from high wind speeds goes straight to the ceiling, which can cause its total destruction, leaving your house totally exposed in the process.
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