Cold winter weather is on the way, and you’ve begun the process of preparing your home for the winter months ahead. You’ve done all the winterizing chores that you do every year; you’ve caulked around windows and doors, you’ve weather-stripped, you’ve cut back trees and branches that might fall on your home, and you’ve made sure that your pipes are wrapped against the cold so that they don’t freeze.
But there’s something you can do to protect your home during the winter’s ice and snow storms that you probably haven’t through of: You can install storm shutters. How can storm shutters protect my home during winter storms, you say?
Storm Shutters keep your home safe during winter storms by:
Reducing heat loss inside the home – storm shutters are another barrier against the cold outside, and another layer of protection against heat loss. You lose more heat through cracks around windows and doors – no matter how well you caulk and insulate – than in any other part of your home. Storm shutters reduce this loss, keep your home warmer, and protect you against the freezing weather. If the power goes out during a storm, storm shutters keep the heat trapped in your home for a much longer time, keeping you warm and cozy until the storm subsides and the power comes back on.
Protecting your windows against missile impacts thrown by high winds, or by falling trees or branches laden with snow. Storm shutters are used in hurricanes and tropical storms, and are missile impact tested. Falling branches and debris thrown by the storm is no match for them. One of the worst things that can happen during a winter storm is something coming through your window. Can you imagine fixing the hole, or trying to get a repairman to your house during a winter blizzard? Shutters can take this worry from your mind.
Saving you money on your home insurance: Many insurance companies will give you a break on your policy if you add storm shutters to your home. They make your home much more secure, reducing the risk of damage during winter storms, and so insurance companies have a lower risk of payout. This leads to savings for you. Check with your insurance company to see how much your payment will go down if you add storm shutters to your home.
Winter storm shutters are a good idea for any home, and especially if you live in an area where severe storms or blizzards are common during the winter months. Adding them to your home reduces the risk of damage during a storm, and can only help to protect your home from the effects of a winter storm.