It’s that time of year again. With just about two months until hurricane season, at Brevard Shutters & Accessories, located in Melbourne, FL and serving Brevard, Indian River, and Port St. Lucie counties, we wanted to share this one-stop spot for you to learn which hurricane shutter types may be best for you.
Hurricane Shutter Types
In this article we will go over and provide a summary of the following hurricane shutter types:
- Accordion Shutters
- Armor Screen
- Bahama Shutters
- Corrugated Clear Lexan
- Flat Lexan “See-Thru Panels”
- Colonial Shutters
- Hurricane Panels
- Roll Up Shutters
Accordion Shutters: Deploy time approx. 30 min. per average household.
Accordions offer superior strength and protection from hurricanes and intruders. Ease of operation and affordability make the Accordion the most popular of all shutter systems.
The shutter stacks to either side of the opening allowing for a full view of the door or window. At Brevard Shutters & Accessories we firmly believe in low maintenance home improvements, which is why we became a manufacturer of the Town & Country 6.8 accordion. The 6.8 eliminates the problematic moving parts of other accordion systems. Its ease of operation and thick extrusions make it the shutter of choice for anyone concerned with quality.
The result is a well-moving shutter that will last for many years to come.
Armor Screen: Deploy time approx. 15 min. per opening.
Armor Screen is fairly new to the market. Having only been around for ten years, it is not the newest technology in hurricane protection. But do not be fooled, this youngster is stronger than you think. Rated for 275mph winds, it can easily withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Armor Screen can be installed in many different ways, making it the most versatile form of hurricane protection. It also has one unique feature that most forms of hurricane protection do not…visibility. Have you ever prepared for a storm only to find the power goes out and you have no light in your home? Well, Armor Screen is the solution.
The screen allows light to enter the room, making things a little more tolerable. There is also the added peace of mind that your doors and windows are protected from wind-born objects that could penetrate an opening. Armor Screen at Brevard Shutters & Accessories comes with a manufacturer’s 10-year UV warranty.
Bahama Shutters: Deploy time approx. 40 min. per average household.
The Bahama Shutter is one of the most aesthetically pleasing shutters on the market today. With its Caribbean style it complements any home or business.
The Bahama Shutter also has other features beyond hurricane protection, which are sometimes overlooked. It offers window privacy and reduces heat transfer at the same time. This results in reduced utility bills year-round, even when the shutter is not protecting from hurricane-force winds. Imagine a hurricane shutter type that would pay for itself while giving your home or business that popular Caribbean look.
Corrugated Clear Lexan
Clear Corrugated Lexan Panels give you excellent protection from storm damage while allowing light to enter your home. This high level of visibility allows you to see outside during a storm, as well as the ability to view the storm conditions without going outside. With the clear panels installed, you are no longer dependent on candles or flashlights during the daylight hours.
Flat Lexan “See-Thru Panels”
Maximum Impact “See-Thru Panels” are tested and proven to provide the same degree of impact protection as either aluminum or steel panels. These panels are made of polycarbonate and framed by extruded aluminum. They are installed permanently or can be set up to be removable. They are also an excellent alternative for special applications such as trapezoids and curved arches.
Colonial Shutters: Deploy time approx. 45 min. per average household.
This plantation-style shutter also complements the look of your home or business. This style of shutter comes in two forms. The decorative design enhances the beauty of the home. The other is the high-impact Colonial Shutter giving an enhanced look and providing protection from wind-born objects. They also offer security for your home, adding peace of mind that your belongings are safe while you are away.
Hurricane Panels: Deploy time approx. 20 min. per opening
This style of hurricane protection is for everybody who cares about their loved ones and their belongings. Even though they are a little more work to install they are the most affordable form of hurricane protection. The steel panel is the most affordable made of 24- and 28-gauge steel. The .050 aluminum and Lexan panels following suit behind the steel. The aluminum is much lighter than the steel making them easier to handle. Lexan panels allow light into the room which is something we like to see with any form of hurricane protection.
There are also other forms of Lexan that are flat and are permanently fixed to the wall year-round.
Roll Up Shutters: Deploy time 20 min. to 20 sec. depending on type
This is the crown jewel of the shutter world. The roll up does it all, home security, heat transfer, noise reduction, UV protection, peace of mind while you’re away, reduced utilities, and when needed, hurricane protection.
There are many types of roll up shutters, with different styles, sizes, and slat designs. At Brevard Shutters & Accessories, we offer our new pride and joy, the Nautilus rolling shutter. This shutter is designed with the smallest box in the industry. It has the strongest rating for a shutter of comparable size and is by far the easiest to operate. It is the only shutter that can be hand operated. That’s right, no crank or motors are required for most openings. This makes this shutter virtually maintenance free, requiring only routine cleaning to fully sustain the shutter.
Brevard Shutters & Accessories is Brevard’s best shutter installer for all hurricane shutter types
Hopefully, this summary was helpful to you. But if you are still undecided or stuck between two options, make a quick trip to the Brevard Shutters & Accessories showroom, the premier hurricane installation company, throughout Brevard, Indian River, and St. Lucie counties. You can also call to schedule a free estimate, visit our website photo gallery, and view our testimonials to compare our successful projects to your home or business needs and hear from customers who were in your similar situation.
When you choose the experienced professionals at Brevard Shutters & Accessories, you get quality controlled, factory-built products, coupled with superior service. Your project receives individual attention from design consultation through fabrication, installation, and completion. And, for you brave DIY’ers, we will guide you through the process of shutter selection and required materials to get the job done right, the first time.