Subtropical storm Alberto made landfall in the Florida Panhandle, at Laguna Beach on Monday evening, and Gov. Rick Scott has already declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties. The storm arrived with wind speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, and although it has weakened to a subtropical depression at the time of writing, the danger from rain and flooding is the real issue.
According to forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, hurricane season 2018 in Florida could see up to 16 storms with wind speeds of up to 39 miles or more. Hurricane season is from June 1 to Nov. 1 and the time from the middle of August to late October is when homeowners need to be really prepared to protect their property from storm winds, rains, and floods.
Preparation means having hurricane protection, in the form of hurricane shutters. If your property does not have hurricane shutters installed, then the right time to do so is now, before the season begins and storms arrive one after the other.
Floridians have a lot of choice in terms of hurricane shutters. Roll down and roll up shutters for properties along the Florida coastlines are convenient and sturdy. Choose hurricanes that are approved for Non-High Velocity and High Velocity Hurricane Zones. These hurricane shutters for Florida can be operated with a button or a manual crank.
The shutters will easily blend with the architecture of the building and are nearly invisible from a short distance. It is best to incorporate these shutters into a new construction; however, they can also be retrofitted.
Benefits of roll-down shutters for Florida properties include storm protection, security, energy savings, light control, noise reduction, and privacy.
Hurricane shutters Florida also offers hurricane panel systems that are made up of lightweight overlapping aluminum or lexan panel that are slotted into a header at top and fastened with wingnuts at the bottom. These panels are sturdy and also a cheaper option.
Accordion shutters offer strength, permanent fixing, and smooth operation. These can be handled by one person easily. You can cover balconies with these shutters that offer protection against hurricane force winds, debris, rain, and even attempts at forced entry. These shutters take very little space when not in use, approximately one inch for a linear foot. These shutters are made from extruded aluminum or stainless steel.