The Five Main Types Of Storm Shutters

Posted on: 9 January 2015

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Storm shutters, otherwise known as hurricane shutters, are heavy window coverings that are used to protect your windows and home from flying debris in the event of a heavy or intense storm. There are a number of different types of storm shutters available, all of which offer different features at varying costs, and knowing the differences between the various types of shutters allows you to choose the type that best fits your own needs.

Automatic Roll Down Shutters

The most expensive type of storm shutters, automatic roll down shutters, are usually made out of metal or PVC, and are housed in a small box above the window. They are deployed with the push of a button, and can be locked at the bottom of the window to secure the shutter against the outside storm. The downside of this type of storm shutter is that if the motor breaks or loses power, a probable occurrence in a storm, you will not be able to deploy your storm shutters. The main benefit of these storm shutters is the fact that they can be deployed at a moment's notice compared to other types of shutters, allowing for rapid response to any weather concern.

Accordion Shutters

Accordion shutters are not powered by a motor like roll down shutters are, and as a result are offered at a more moderate price tag. They are offered in both metal and PVC variants, though cheaper and less durable wooden models may be available. They are deployed sideways across the window, and are made up of interlocking blades that are secured to the window frame and each other. Accordion shutters offer reliability and a lower price point for those who do not have the budget for automatic roll down shutters.

Bahama Shutters

Bahama shutters are usually wood, though PVC variants can be found. These types of shutters are always deployed, and provide shade when not protecting your windows. They are propped open during nice weather with supports, which are then removed in the event of a storm, and the shutter secured. These offer a similar price point to accordion shutters, but cannot be removed entirely from the window in nice weather, which is a significant aesthetic consideration. 

Awning Shutters

Awning shutters are similar to Bahama shutters, but are raised as awnings in nice weather, whereas Bahama shutters are still very close to the window. They are lowered and secured to the window frame in bad weather. The main reason that awning shutters are chosen over any other type of storm shutter is the fact that they provide substantial aesthetic value, despite still protecting your home. These are similar in price to accordion shutters, and come in either metal or PVC.

For storm shutter options and more hurricane protection information, contact Active Hurricane & Security Protection.