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Which Are the Best Hurricane Shutters?

Major hurricanes cause millions of dollars in property damage. So, it’s important to reinforce your house with a quality product. Let’s compare some of the most popular choices for storm protection: hurricane shutters, impact windows, fabric hurricane shutters and plywood.

Traditional Hurricane Shutters

There are a lot of different types of hurricane shutters. The most popular permanently installed ones include:

  • Roll-down hurricane shutters
  • Bahama hurricane shutters
  • Colonial hurricane shutters

Roll-Down Hurricane Shutters

Automated or smart roll-down hurricane shutters can be ready in seconds. Depending on the model, these aluminum hurricane shutters can endure 200-plus mph winds, add security and enhance energy efficiency. When not being used, they fit into a small housing box above windows or doors.

Our LouverShield™ Hurricane Shutters offer the ultimate shield for keeping your home safe:

  • Hurricane rated to withstand 230 mph winds.
  • Exclusive End Retention System eliminates the need for storm bars.
  • Feature an extra-small housing box to hide shutters when not in use.
  • Customizable colors to flatter your home.
  • Available in manual, motorized, remote control or smart home configurations.
  • Includes a performance guarantee.

Bahama Hurricane Shutters

Bahama hurricane shutters look like traditional Bahama shutters, which give shade when open and allow in cool breezes when shut. But these decorative hurricane shutters are made from sturdy aluminum that can withstand high winds and flying debris.

Our Bahama hurricane shutters:

  • Can be down in minutes by folding them against windows.
  • Provide privacy, shade and breezes on calm days.
  • Come in customizable colors to enhance your house.
  • Are approved by the Miami-Dade HVHZ Building Code, Florida Building Commission and Texas Department of Insurance.
  • Include a performance guarantee.

Colonial Hurricane Shutters

Colonial hurricane shutters have the good looks of wood shutters but give the protection of metal hurricane shutters. Like Bahama hurricane shutters, their aluminum construction provides strong protection against high wind and flying debris.

Our colonial hurricane shutters:

  • Can be deployed in minutes by fastening them against windows.
  • Can be strengthened with storm bars for greater.
  • Are available in custom colors to boost curb appeal.
  • Are approved by the Miami-Dade HVHZ Building Code, Florida Building Commission and Texas Department of Insurance.
  • Include a performance guarantee.

Impact Windows

With impact windows, you don’t need to get hurricane window shutters. They look like everyday windows but are less likely to break or be sucked out during negative pressure.

They also:

  • Provide instant protection and don’t have to be covered.
  • Let ample light into your home.
  • Stop harmful UV rays.
  • Decrease outdoor noise.

The downside of hurricane impact windows is the price. They’re much more expensive than hurricane shutters.

Fabric Hurricane Shutters

Fabric hurricane shutters are mesh or reinforced polyvinyl carbonate sheets that connect to your house with grommets, straps or buckles. Some kinds can be slid onto tracks.

They also:

  • Are lightweight, making them simple to install.
  • Are less expensive than other hurricane shutters.

Some types have been rated to withstand 275 mph winds, or a Category 5 hurricane. However, strong aluminum styles will offer the highest level of protection from flying debris.


Plywood is an affordable way to protect your home before a storm. However, it does have a few downsides:

  • You need a lot of time.
  • You’ll need help since sheets are heavy and large.
  • You need to cut, measure and secure boards with nails or screws.
  • Plywood isn’t a permanent solution and has to be stored when not up.
  • It’s an eyesore and you can’t see out of windows when they’re covered.

We’ll Help You Find the Right Hurricane Shutters

We make it simple to design custom hurricane shutters in Orlando that complement your home and offer excellent protection. Get started by calling us at 888-428-1415 to request your free, in-home consultation today. Our design consultants live in your community, so they get the weather you’re facing. There’s no obligation or pressure to order, just access to free expert advice.

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