Home Improvement

Types of Hurricane Shutters

In some areas, hurricane shutters are needed to protect our houses from strong winds and flying debris. Broken door and windows will allow debris and the wind to enter our house. If wind makes its way into our house, a huge pressure could build inside our house. It means the wind will continue to seek ways to escape. It means that it is possible that wind will rip our roof open. This could be prevented by not allowing external wind to enter. During a heavy storm, it is more likely for the roof to be pushed upwards from the inside, instead of simply being blown off. It would be very sad if our roof is blown away and ends up becoming a pile of debris in neighbor’s backyard.

There are different styles and shutters that we can find to protect our office and home. The roll type is the easiest and most convenient model available. It could be fit into any kind of opening. We could operate it using crank handle that’s located inside the building. A manual override could be used to motorize the shutter. Another possibility is to use remote controls to manage all shutters using a single panel. We could also install wind sensor on the roof, so when the wind picks up, the shutters are closed immediately. Due to the ease of operation, roll type shutter is often used by homeowners.

If we want to achieve charming architectural look, we should consider choosing Bahama or Colonial shutters. They can be secured and closed easily before a hurricane strikes. They could provide security without demanding excessive maintenance. However, the shutter often needs to be closed and opened from the outside. So, we should do that while we have an opportunity. It would be troublesome trying to close them n the middle night from the outside after the wind has just blown strongly. For opening at the second floor, we would even need ladder, which is not a practical thing to do when we are in a hurry.

Accordion shutters also offer excellent protection against heavy winds. However, we should know that accordion shutters may not match our architectural designs, so we should consider whether it’s necessary to use them. Careful installation should help to minimize unwanted visual effects. Regardless the type of shutter we choose, it shouldn’t only protect us against wind but also from hard and sharp objects. The windows will break if wind-blown missile impacts the shutter that’s pressed tightly against the window. So, there should be enough gap between shutters and the glass.