One of the first questions homeowners ask when in the market for storm shutters is, “Which shutters are right for my home?” Three factors determine the answer – ease of installation, level of protection, and cost. Only you can know which of these factors are most important to you, but we can give you the information you need to make the best choice.
These shutters roll down from a box above windows or doors and lock at the bottom. Though often the most expensive option, they also provide the highest level of protection and, if motorized, are the easiest to use. In addition to providing storm protection, they are also an excellent theft deterrent as they are virtually impenetrable.
Folding shutters, sometimes referred to as accordion shutters, slide horizontally on a track. These are likely the most versatile shutters as they can be made to slide over curved windows. They are pre-installed and are kept boxed on the sides of windows or doors. When a storm is on the way, all you need to do is slide them closed and lock them.
These are hinged on the outside edges of your windows and open outwards. While providing storm protection, colonial shutters also add beauty to your home. Though our colonial shutters are patterned after the original wooden shutters of New England, they are in fact made of heavy-duty aluminum, making them impervious to rot and providing needed hurricane protection.
Like colonial shutters, Bahama shutters also add aesthetic value to your home. Rather than hinging at the sides like colonial shutters, these are hinged at the top and use supporting bars to keep them open. These are excellent for providing shade, even when open, and add a tropical vibe to any home. When a storm is on its way, simply remove the supporting bars and lock them at the bottom.
The most budget-friendly option, however these do require a little more effort to put up before a storm. One of the main attractions to this type of shutter is that they can be stored away when not in use. Additionally, since they are made of stainless steel, they are a much safer alternative to plywood boarding, which is actually not recommended.
Here at Castle, we have our own in-house engineering staff working continuously to ensure our products provide cutting-edge storm protection for your home and family. Our industry-leading designs have undergone the most stringent testing, ensuring they meet all the FBC HVHZ codes, and giving you peace of mind. Whichever shutters you choose, they will be of the highest quality. Estimates are always free—contact us today.