New Brunswick is one of Canada’s three Maritime provinces. It has a significant seacoast, and is the gateway to Atlantic Canada. Tourism is a big part of the economy, and whale-watching is a huge draw. Because the Bay of Fundy in southwestern New Brunswick is such a rich feeding ground, it is one of the world’s most accessible sites for viewing these gentle, giant mammals.
It’s also prone to storms and hurricanes. Just recently, in fact, a storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents across Atlantic Canada. Nearly 45,000 homes and businesses lost power at the height of the storm. The area was hammered by winds of up to 160 kilometers per hour, and extensive flooding was caused by a storm surge that created high tides and large waves. Parts of New Brunswick declared a state of emergency after homes, businesses and cottages were flooded, and the surge pushed water levels far above normal.
Meteorologists and other weather experts agree that coastal areas of the United States and Canada may be facing serious hurricane activity for the next 15 to 20 years. That means a vicious cycle of destruction and cleanup for those living along the coast. Smart homeowners are installing storm shutters on their homes.
Impact-resistant windows and doors offer some protection from flying debris, but they cost a lot more than shutter. They can cost up to three times more than storm shutters. Storm shutters also offer protection from debris during a hurricane, but they also protect against water infiltration and keep pressure changes from ripping off your roof or tearing apart walls.
You can use a combination of shutter systems to meet your unique needs. Each product has its own benefits. Each type of hurricane shutter has a different strength, aesthetic, and ease of use, and provide additional benefits such as energy savings, sun control, and home security.
Types of shutters you may use to protect your home:
No matter what type of hurricane shutter that you choose, if you live in New Brunswick you should have your home fitted with them. Hurricane shutters not only offer protection from debris thrown by the storm, they also protect your home from water damage and pressure changes common during hurricanes and tropical storms.