When you are evaluating hurricane protection options such as impact windows versus shutters, there are several factors you should consider:

  1. Do you live in the home year round? If not, who will put up the shutters when you are not there?
  2. Are you physically capable of installing the shutters by yourself? Are you likely to put the shutters up if a storm comes?
  3. Do you like the look of roll-down or accordion shutters mounted to the exterior of your house?
  4. Is energy efficiency important to you? Shutter systems do not provide you with energy savings like impact windows and doors.
  5. How important is home security to you? Unlike shutters, impact windows and doors provide 24/7 protection against intrusion.
  6. With impact windows and doors you will enjoy a significant reduction in outside noise and 99% of ultraviolet rays will be eliminated.
  7. What about safety? Oftentimes shutters remain installed after a hurricane, blocking egress in the event of a fire. Also, during a hurricane closed shutters block outside light and visibility.
  8. Consider what happens if a shutter fails. If glass behind the shutter breaks, the house “envelope” is breached possibly resulting in a catastrophic building failure.
  9. Leaving the shutters up while gone invites potential burglars.