Hurricane Shutters

Hurricane Proof offers several high-quality variations in every category of shutter. The below matrix and additional text that follows will help to narrow the selection of qualified shutter options. Combinations of various shutter types are also common. Several color options are available for most of the options. The prices indicated throughout include installation.

Shutter Style
(sorted by $)

Most common deployment

Cost

Speed to deploy

Storage

Appearance impact

Visibility

Pros
Cons

Rolldowns
(can be motorized)

Rolls down from housing above

High

Fastest

None-permanent

Neutral to negative

Optional*

Speed of deployment

+ full time security
Cost

Colonial

Hinges, swing to center & lock

Medium to high

Medium to fast

None-permanent

Positive

Optional*

Enhances appearance
Cost and limited width

Bahama

Hinge, swing down & lock

Medium to high

Medium to fast

None-permanent

Positive & gives shade

Optional*

Appearance + shade
Cost & window use only

Hurricane Screens

(framed steel screen)

Frame mounts directly over opening, egress options

Medium to high

None-permanent

None-permanent

Neutral & gives shade

Yes

Security + shade
Cost & can’t use on outswing doors/windows

Hurricane mesh & Fabric panels

(can be motorized)

Framed rollup, buckle/strap, track, clip, direct mount

Varies by type

Varies by type

Varies by type

Varies by type

Yes

Vary by type, shade & insect protect options
Cons vary by type

Accordion

Folds into center & locks

Medium

Fast

None-permanent

Neutral to Negative

Optional*

Speed of deployment
Negative appearance

Panels - flat plastic

Direct mount or tracks

Low

Slow

Yes

Minor (removable)

Yes,

distorted

Low cost
Storage & slow to deploy

Panels - corrugated**

(metal or plastic)

Direct mount or tracks

Low

Slow

Yes

Minor (removable)

Varies by type

 

Low cost
Storage & slow to deploy

*Some manufacturers offer clear panel options or viewing perforations for Rolldowns, Colonials, Bahamas & Accordions. Fabric and plastic panel shutter options include clear for full viewing or translucent which permit light entry, but not visibility.

**Panels corrugated include both plastic and metal (galvanized steel or aluminum).

 

Hurricane Shutter Options

Rolldown Shutters - Rolldown shutters are interlocked horizontal slats made from aluminum with the option of plastic viewports. The sides of the shutters travel along vertical tracks fastened to the sides of the opening. They are deployed by rolling down the shutters. The floor below is unaltered. The shutters rollup onto an axle housed in a box above each opening making them a permanent feature of the building. Depending on the design strength of the shutter selected, vertical reinforcing rods might be required at designated widths to handle large openings. However, we can often handle widths over 20' without such supports. Our rolldown shutters are uniquely designed with narrowing blade widths near the top that allow us to offer the smallest hood possible for the size of the shutter.

At $30-$45 per square foot rolldowns are our most expensive shutters, but also the fastest and easiest to deploy. They also offer year round building security. Rolldowns are operated by hand-pull down, hand crank or electric motor. If motorized, they can be operated, individually or in groups, by wall switch or remote control. Rolldowns commonly block out most light. However, we have options that allow sight through viewport cutouts in the blade or a completely clear blade system for full visibility. There are various color options.

 

 

Colonial Shutters - Our Colonial shutters are the hurricane-approved version of the decorative wooden shutters commonly found on homes. The shutters are hinge-mounted to each side of the window or door. Wider openings can be covered by multiple panel systems (shutter over shutter), also hinge connected to each other. Curved panels can be built to accommodate arched openings. During deployment, the colonial shutters are swung into position over the openings and locked with either clips or storm bars.

The panels themselves are made of metal or fiberglass with either solid or louver (open) slats. If louver, some shutters require additional backplates made of metal or plastic. Perforated or clear panel plates permit light entry and visibility. We offer a line of Colonial shutters that feature articulating (rotating) slats that can be closed and locked, eliminating the need for the added plates. Another of our lines features open blade Colonials that are strong enough that backplates are not required.

Colonials are limited in the width of the opening for which they can be used, usually to eight feet. Prices range widely from $35 to $40 per square foot depending on the complexity of the design. While expensive, our Colonial shutters enhance the appearance of the building and can be used for windows or doors. Several standard colors are available, as well as, custom coloring.




Bahama Shutters - Our Bahama shutters are permanently attached over window openings only. They are comprised of horizontal metal slats encased in a rectangular frame fastened with hinges above the window. When not in use for protection, the shutters are held by horizontal side-arms at an outward angle permitting views through the spacing between the slats. They are deployed by unfastening the arms, lowering the shutter down to cover the window and locking them into place.

To provide sufficient protection during hurricanes some of our Bahama shutters have either metal or plastic plates, which must be attached to the inside of the shutter. The metal plates can be perforated to allow light and visibility. We also provide a very strong "open-blade" model that does not require a backplate. Our latest offering is an "articulating slat Bahama" whereby the blades themselves rotate providing different levels of shade and visibility when the shutter is open. In the event of a storm, the blades rotate closed & lock and then the shutter is lowered down and locked. This shutter is pictured at right and below under additional client installations.

Bahamas require more effort to deploy than rolldown or accordion shutters. They are limited in the size and cannot be used over open-out windows or doors. Prices range slightly less than Colonials at $25 to $35 per square foot. When not in use for protection, our Bahama shutters provide year round shade and typically enhance the appearance of the building. There are several standard and custom color options.

 




 

Hurricane Screens (framed stainless steel screen shutters) - Our storm screens are a new and economical wind abatement option designed to reduce wind pressure as much as 97%. Aluminum frames with stainless steel screens are custom built for openings, which include windows, doors, porches and patios. They can be architecturally built for arched or circular windows and can be mounted on the face (outside the opening) or inset (inside the opening).

This shutter allows light, visibility and some air to pass through the screen. They are permanently attached to the building and do provide year round shading and increased security for the opening. Storm screens cannot be used for outward opening doors or windows, such as casement windows. They do have the option of an accessible hinge opening for egress (emergency exit) or cleaning. The egress screens are made to resemble the non-egress screens. The 3rd screen in the photo at left is an egress screen, which appears identical to the other two. Prices range from $25 to $35 per square foot.


Hurricane Mesh and Fabric Panels - Hurricane mesh is made from polypropylene (or similar) strands woven into mesh fabric, similar to that in trampolines. Many refer to this fabric as hurricane "screen", which helps to confuse it with the hard metal framed hurricane screen described below.

A primary consideration is the mesh's porosity, which typically ranges from 0% to 10%. This references the size of the mesh weave's openings and the resulting degree of wind speed reduction the net produces. A low porosity mesh practically eliminates wind speed and potential water intrusion. The tradeoff is that the lower porosity mesh places a greater load on the fasteners, which could impact the size of the opening that a particular shutter can handle. The mesh's porosity also dertimines its visibility. Most fabrics are transparent. However, there are non-porous weaves that are translucent meaning that they allow light through, but no visibility. The mesh comes in four colors, black, white, light tan and dark tan. 

All fabric shutters exhibit a characteristic called "deflection" which is a measurement of how far a wind driven object can cause the panel to "give", which could result in a damaged window or door.  Building codes in most areas allow for this breakage, as long as the shutter is designed to continue to protect the opening, which ours are. In Miami/Dade and Broward such breakage is not allowed, so the shutter must be installed in a fashion as to prevent the deflection from reaching the window or door. The deflection aspect of these panels is also an advantage in that it cannot be easily damaged by high flying objects, as can other shutter types and even impact windows & doors.

We offer three primary types of mesh shutters including Hurricane NetsRolldown Mesh Shutters and Fabric Panels:

Hurricane Nets are mostly commonly used for open patios and porches. They can be direct mounted with anchored fasteners, attached with adjustable buckles or slid into preinstalled tracks. Multiple panels can be joined together to cover large or diverse openings. In cases, where deflection over windows/doors is an issue, hurricane nets can be anchored to ground in a lean-to like fashion. Nets typically need to be removed and rolled or folded for storage when not in use. Deployment is relatively time consuming and contingent on the nature of the fastening system used. Prices range from $15 to $20 per square foot.

 

Hurricane Nets

Lean-to over bay window


 

 

Rolldown Mesh Shutters are one of the most effective and fastest growing options in the hurricane shutter industry. The motorized versions of these shutters solve the slow deployement and storage problems associated wth hurricane nets. They are also somewhat less expensive than aluminum slat rollup shutters and less likely to be damaged by flying objects. Lastly, they give property owners the advantage of leaving their outside furniture and other items in the protected patio areas and even allows them to view the hurricane from the safety of those areas. These systems can be hand cranked or motorized.

We offer a wide array of rolling insect and solar screens in the "Rolling Screen" section of our website. However, we also offer a "dual screen" system, which combines both a hurricane mesh shutter and one of several solar or insect screen options into a single integrated system. Either or both of the screens can be motorized. Motors can be controlled by wall switch or remote transmitter.

The hurricane mesh shutters are comprised of an upper rolltube around which the screen wraps and two sidetracks which secure the sides of the mesh to protect the opening. Installation can be on the "face" (outside or inside wall surface) or "inset" (inside of the opening).  For new construction, the system can be "built-in" and concealed within the framework of the building.

The mesh comes in the same 4 standard colors. While the standard frame color is white, other color options are available.  Prices range from $16 to $30 per square foot depending on type selected, size and motorization.


Fabric Panels are similar to hurricane nets, but the term usually pertains to panels that are custom sized to fit directly over door and window openings. Attachment options include direct mount through grommets, clips or reinforced panel supports using standard male or female anchors. Alternatively, the panel can be fitted with a hemcord which would be slid into a preinstalled c-track.

Like nets, fabric panels are typically removed and stored when not in use. Deployment is relatively slow especially on higher floors, but can be done by anyone due to their light weight.

All of our fabric panels are offered in 4 standard mesh colors. We also offer a Sunbrella acrylic fabric covered panel in 4 standard colors with the option of upgrading to a wide variety of Sunbrella color/pattern selections. These coverings both enhance the shutter's appearance and protect it against UV sunlight allowing it to rolled up and clipped to the top of the opening, when not in use. Prices range from $8 to $14 per square foot.

 

 


 

Accordion Shutters - Our accordion shutters are preinstalled and can be deployed quickly to cover even large window or door openings. The shutters are comprised of interlocking vertical blades (usually aluminum) which roll horizontally on tracks mounted above and below the opening.  These blades are designed to unfold inward where they are joined and locked on the inside, outside or both. An inside lock is particularly suitable for 2nd story windows or for doorways that would be used for exit. When not in use, the blades fold outward to each side of the opening and are held back in place with clips, push pins or velcro straps. 

Accordion shutters have a significant impact on the architectural look of a building and usually block our most of the light, when in use. However, most of our accordion systems include the option of clear plastic blades for light and visibility. The clear blade accordion pictured at right is comprised of all clear blades, which are much more expensive than the aluminum ones. The primary colors are white, bronze, beige and ivory. Our accordion shutter prices range from $12 to $15 per square foot.

 

 


 

 

Flat panel - These are a relatively new alternative to one of the oldest protection devices, plywood sheets. Lightweight and strong, the panels are made from polycarbonate sheets. Some systems are direct mounted or use preinstalled fasteners or tracks. Other types include framing for mounting. Our flat panels are transparent, but the view is highly distorted. Like plywood, these temporary panels must be stored, but can last for decades.

Installation is relatively slow and can be dangerous in wind conditions. However, the lightweight, strength, durability and transparency of these flat panels make them an attractive option. Architectural impact is also limited to the fastening system, which is permanent to the structure. The panels are typically cut to match the shape of the opening and there are aluminum connectors to marry adjacent panels together for large openings, as pictured at left. Prices range from $7 to $15 per square foot.


 

Corrugated Panels - Our storm panels are typically fastened only during storm activity and stored away when not in use. There are three primary panel material; galvanized steel, aluminum, and plastic. The steel panels are cheapest, but heaviest. The aluminum panels are much lighter, but more expensive. The clear panels offer the benefit of visibility.

Storm panels are corrugated for strength. All panels are typically custom cut vertically or horizontally for specific openings. This necessitates the labeling of storm panels and the development of a mounting diagram. When not deployed, architectural impact is limited to the fasteners.

Panels can be mounted vertically or horizontally. They can be direct mounted with approved fasteners or attached through several metal track options. Storm panels do require substantial effort to deploy and are challenging to install if wind speeds are increasing. Our metal panels have folded and crimped sides to eliminate the dangerously sharp edges common to metal panels. Light entry is mostly eliminated with metal panels. Most notable in panel protection is the advancement of lightweight, yet strong and durable clear plastic panels. These are easier to install, allow for visibility and are often interspersed with metal panels. Storm panels are the least expensive protection option at approximately $6 to $10 per square foot.

 


 Additional Client       Installations 

 

Rolldown Aluminum Slat (motorized)

 

 

Rolldown Aluminum Slat (open)

Rolldown Aluminum Slat (hand lift)

 

 

Rolldown Aluminum Slat (commercial jobs)

Rolldown Aluminum Slat (hand crank)

 

Rolldown Aluminum Slat (hand crank - open)

Combination Rolldown - Hurricane & Insect Screens (motorized)

 

Combination Rolldown (insect screens staggered)

 

Combinatinon Rolldown - Aluminum Slat & Insect Screen

 

 

Combination Rolldowns (insect screen left, hurricane screen right)

 

Rolldown Hurricane screen (open)

 

 

 

Rolldown Hurricane Screen (closed)

   

(open shutter & blades) Bahama Shutter (blades closed for shade)

 

  

Bahama Shutters (closed & locked for storm)

Framed Stainless Steel Screen

 

Framed Stainless Steel Screen (inset mount)

 

Accordion Shutters (open)

 

 

Accordin Shutters (closed)

 

Hurricane Mesh (hand rollup - open)

 

 

Hurricane Mesh (deployed)

 

Corrugated Clear Panels

 

 

Flat Clear Panels

 

Clear Flat Panels (larger openings adjoined)

 

 

Clear Flat Panels (architectural shapes)