Late season tropical storms and hurricanes are not uncommon in the Gulf area. They often come with high winds, flying debris, and heavy rain that can damage homes and buildings. They can often come without warning, crippling the local economy and businesses in addition to homes. So when one of these storms moves into the coast, residents in Florida need to prepare for the possibility of being in the path of the storm. Start taking necessary steps to protect your home with hurricane shutters in Anna Maria, FL.  

How can hurricane shutters help protect your home in a severe storm? These installations overlap the entire window, protecting the exterior envelope against wind and debris. Otherwise, a broken window allows for a dramatic increase in the pressure inside your home and can cause serious damage.  

What Types of Hurricane Shutters Are Available?  

Today there are several different types of hurricane protection systems to choose from. Each comes with unique pros and cons. Finding the right products depends on your needs and budget. Some of the most popular options include:  

Hurricane Fabric 

This installation feature heavy-duty, lightweight fabric that works as an effective barrier against storms. These fabric panels attach on tracks or attach directly to the structure. While an affordable option, these are not the strongest protection against severe storms.   

Storm Screens 

Storm screens or storm catchers deflect 97% or wind and rain, but also allow natural light to come through so you can see outside. These are a good midrange products that are nice for larger openings.   

Storm Panels 

These hurricane protection systems are attached to the home on mounting hooks, screws, or brackets. While the anchors remain, the panels themselves are not permanently affixed to the home. This means you have to consider storage for these panels when not in use. These hurricane shutters come in a variety of materials from heavy metal to clear plastic. Just know, these take longer to deploy than some of the other hurricane protection systems.   

Accordion Shutters 

These shutters are maximum strength and permanently attached to the home. Homeowners store the shutters inside a box mounted to either side of the opening and deploy shutters at the first sign of the storm. The panels fold out and secure on the other side or in the middle.   

Roll Down Shutters 

These are another system permanently fixed to the exterior of the home and are some of the most versatile products. Homeowners store roll down shutter in a box above the opening and can deploy them electrically or manually.   

If you are looking for more information about hurricane shutters in Anna Maria, FL contact the professionals at Armored Dade Windows & Shutters. They can walk you through the pros and cons of each product and help you find the best hurricane solutions for your home. Stop by 8112 Cortez Rd. West, Bradenton, FL. 34210 to see some hurricane shutters firsthand. Or call (941) 798-9010 to schedule a consultation. Our main focus is to help protect our neighbors and we strive to guarantee complete customer satisfaction.