Frequently Asked Hurricane Shutter Questions

FAQ’s answering questions related to hurricane shutters, savings, and how they work.

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Storm or Hurricane shutters are products designed to limit damage to window and door openings caused by high winds and flying objects. This protects the full-envelope of your home or building from internal pressurization, which is what causes roof lift-off and catastrophic damage. 

Hurricane shutters are a valuable investment to protect your home, and sometimes even your life from flying debris during high winds. Shutters can also offer protection from pressure from strong winds, which can lead to roof destruction. Having hurricane shutters or impact windows in hurricane-prone Florida can result in lower insurance premiums. The security and peace of mind they provide is priceless.

It depends! We offer many different styles of hurricane shutters to give you plenty of options on what will best fit your needs! Check out our products to learn more!

Because applying tape to your window will not offer any type of protection to your home against the wind. It can also be very difficult to remove the tape after the storm. This time would be better spent cleaning up anything in your yard that can be picked up and blown around in high winds, to keep those things from smashing windows.

Plywood CAN be considered a “Code-Approved” hurricane protection product, but only when it’s installed with very specific hardware pieces and methods. It’s safe to say that 99% of homeowners using plywood are not following the “Code-Approved” methods of installation. Plywood is not an effective alternative, warns IBHS, and should only be used as a last-minute, “better than nothing” line of defense. The chances are pretty good that the plywood sheets will get wet, will warp, and won’t be adequate for protecting against dangerous projectiles. Plywood also can get wet, moldy, and require storage.

Before choosing a contractor to install your shutters, be sure the company is licensed and insured. You should ask for references, check the Better Business Bureau, and check their online reviews. Reliant is licensed and insured and is an A+ Accredited Contractor with the Better Business Bureau. Customers should also ask about who performs their electrical work. We are a licensed electrical contractor and all work is performed by our electrician. 

Unfortunately, wind and debris can come from any direction depending on your property’s relationship to the storm eye-wall and the direction of the hurricane’s travel. If one opening is compromised, the property can be vulnerable to rapid internal pressurization. Also, the possibility of tornadoes and waterspouts can occur far away from the center of a storm and come from any direction.

Florida law requires insurance companies to offer homeowners insurance discounts or credits for existing building features or home improvements that reduce damage and loss from hurricanes. Most insurance companies offer a discount when you have protected all of the glazed openings on your house. You should contact your insurance agent to determine their requirements and policies, in some cases they may require a inspection of your property. We supply our customers with any information required by your insurance company so that may receive the applicable discount. (Sometimes insurance companies won’t write a policy on your house if you are in the wind borne debris zone and don’t have protection!)

Yes, shutters can significantly increase your property value by improved curb appeal and enhanced home security. In most cases, the value is increased dollar for dollar, or even higher!

That varies by the type of shutter. Accordions and Roll-Downs are available in 4 different powder coat paint colors; White, Ivory, Beige, and Bronze. Bahama and Hinged Colonials can be painted just about any color you desire.

Yes- Our permanently mounted shutters are a great way to add security to your home. They are popular with vacation homes that you don’t live in year round. Simply close them, lock and feel secure that your home is protected from storm and intruders until you return.

Hurricane Shutters vary in price depending on type and size, additionally every application is a little different so for a accurate quote, contact us to receive an on site estimate.

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