Fort Walton Beach is no stranger to hurricanes. Hurricane Irma may have given this town on the Gulf Coast a pass, but come hurricane season next year, and this beach town could again be facing anything from a full fledged storm to a mild tropical depression.
Hurricane shutters are an economical solution for residential and commercial property owners who wish to ensure that their properties stay safe from structural damage and that the insides are not destroyed in a hurricane.
Here is what residents of Fort Walton Beach, Florida can choose from –
Storm panel hurricane shutters – These are the cheapest hurricane shutters in the market. These are easily removable. They do not alter the look of your property when not in use. Storm panels are incredibly strong. You can choose these panels made from aluminum, steel, or polycarbonate. A square foot of coverage should cost less than $10. It takes less than 15 minutes to board a window. Can be installed on all openings and across most widths.
Accordion shutters – Accordion shutters can be permanently affixed to the property. They have minimum impact on the appearance of your property. You can lock these shutters from within and without. Accordion shutters are also an excellent deterrent for thieves. Be prepared to pay around $20/sq. ft. The shutters can be pulled in less than 15 minutes for the entire house.
Colonial shutters – These shutters are beautiful, add to the look for your property and are permanently affixed. You can get your property storm-ready in minutes. However, these shutters do not do much for doors. Their usefulness is limited to windows. If you plan to use colonial shutters then you will have to combine them with another shutter type to protect your doors. Colonial shutters can cost up to $30/sq. ft. Expect to spend up to an hour to get the house storm ready with these shutters.
Bahama shutters– Thesestylish shutters are attached above the window and can be propped open to provide shade. When lowered, they protect against wind and water. These shutters are affixed for good. They provide shade during the summer months and add an element of style to your windows. Bahama shutters can cost up to $30/sq. ft for installation.
Roll-down hurricane shutters– These are extremely sturdy shutters that are attached above the window. They roll up for storage and can be rolled down for use. Roll down hurricane shutters can be deployed by hand or an electrical motor. These shutters can be operated from inside. These shutters are excellent protection against the elements and also vandals. They are very easy to operate. These shutters can cost up to $55/sq. ft.