Different Types Of Hurricane Shutters


Protecting yourself and your home from the adverse effects of the weather should be a top priority for any homeowner.

As anyone who has ever lived on the East Coast of United States, it pays to be prepared for the summer storms that are staple around the summer months.

One way of protecting your home from these sometime-violent storms is by installing hurricane shutters. With hurricane shutters, you can prevent the glass of your windows from shattering.

Today we’ll cover the reasons why you may consider investing in installing these uniquely beach-y shutters as well as the different types of hurricane shutters that companies like TMS offers.

Reasons To Install Hurricane Shutters

You can go full-on automatic with high-tech remote-controlled roll-down shutters or you can also go simple with storm panels on your windows. Either way, shutters will help prevent protect your windows and yourself from those strong winds.

Aside from added protection, shutters can also add aesthetic value to your home or place of business. They come in various sizes, shapes, colors, and materials used. They can be styled to compliment the exterior of your home and make it look more pleasant.

Another great reason to install shutters is to save on your insurance premiums. Many, but not all insurance companies can offer lower premiums for your home insurance if you have the shutters installed. This is because there is a lesser risk of damage and that means they are also less likely to spend on your home in case that horrible storm comes.  

Types Of Shutters

Bahama Shutters

Bahama shutters or Bermuda shutters are usually used by homes in tropical areas like the Bermuda or Bahamas. They are selected because of how easy they are to use. To open them up, you just extend the arms and when there is a need to protect your window, you can easily close them. 

These types of shutters don’t only protect the windows from strong winds, they can also be used to provide shade. They look great too so they can be easily used for decorative purposes. A good thing about these is that they come in various colors and could be made in a variety of materials like aluminum or wood. Some shops that sell them even offer custom-built Bahama shutters that will perfectly fit each window. 

Accordion Shutters

These types of shutters offer incredible protection in case of severe storms. They are also very easy to use and set-up in case the storm is coming. When the weather is sunny, they can be left open so you can easily use your windows. 

Accordion shutters are bolted permanently to the sides of the windows and as the name implies, they open or close like an accordion. They can look bulkier but their use isn’t limited to windows. You can also use them for sliding doors. Like the Bahama shutters, shops that offer them can also offer custom sized accordion shutters to fit glass windows and glass doors correctly.

Colonial Shutters

Colonial shutters are the most popular choice if you want to add curb appeal to the windows. They look very stylish and they offer the classic shutter look. Like the other shutters, they come in a variety of colors and materials to add the perfect flare needed by your home. They can also be custom-built for better fit and appearance. Like most shutter types, they are also permanently installed in the homes.

Storm Panel Shutters

For the most affordable shutters, you could pick storm panel shutters. These can be made from aluminum, steel, or polycarbonate. Due to the variety of materials used, some storm panel shutters are also designed not to completely block off the light so you’re not in complete darkness when they are used. 

This type of hurricane shutters aren’t permanently attached to the home and are only used when there is a storm. That is why they can take longer to install. However, they are simple and easy to install, remove, and store when not in use. They are great for those who don’t want to permanently cover their windows or doors with any decorative structure.

Rolling Panel Shutters

Rolling panel shutters opens and closes by rolling either up or down. It can be very cool to control them by simply pressing a button or by using a remote control. However, there are also other rolling panel shutters that can be controlled manually. They can be made of different materials too. 

How To Install Hurricane Shutters?

Most hurricane shutters are installed by professionals of the shop or provider you bought them from. Having them installed by professionals helps better make sure that they’ll be secure through the storm. Automated shutters are also better installed by professionals so they can be tested if they work properly. 

However, there are also other shutters that can be installed on your own. Some are very easy and simple to secure onto the windows and doors. The storm panel shutters only require DIY installation too. 


About Darren Rider

Darren Rider is a small business owner located in North Raleigh, NC. In addition to designing manufacture, sell and install tensioned membrane structures worldwide through TMB, he owns or co-owns other local businesses in the area. Interested in purchasing our patented designs directly? Give us a call today!

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