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What Are Your Options for Storm Shutters for Your Home?

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

A brick wall and windows with rolling shutters Storm shutters can often help to protect your home from damage.

What Are Your Options for Storm Shutters for Your Home?

High winds can cause devastating damage to homes in Wilmington, MA, and homeowners often want to know how to protect their homes from windstorms. Storm panels can help to protect your home in a storm, but with so many louvers available, it can be useful to know the differences between common types of shutters.

1. Accordion Storm Louvers

Accordion storm louvers are a popular option for many homeowners. To use accordion storm louvers, as their name suggests, you fold and unfold the panels manually. These panels remain attached to your home's window when not in use and are easy to unfold when preparing for a storm. Accordion panels also come in a variety of attractive styles and are relatively affordable at $15 to $25 per square foot.

2. Storm Panels

Unlike accordion storm louvers, storm panels are not meant to be permanent structures on your home. Rather, storm panels are meant to be used only when there is a risk of high winds. These panels can be made from a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum or polycarbonate. When not in use, you can easily remove these panels from your windows. Though storm panels won't stay on your windows year-round, they are an affordable option at $7 to $15 per panel.

3. Colonial Security Louvers

Colonial security storm shutters are placed by windows outside and are permanent features on the exterior of a home. Generally, colonial security louvers are made out of aluminum or hardwood. Colonial security louvers are one of the most costly types of louvers on the market at $200 to $500 per window. However, these sturdy louvers can be multipurpose, offering protection from winds, privacy and providing homes with a charming, unique aesthetic.

Though a mitigation and restoration company can help you restore your home after it has been damaged by high winds, shutters can often help to protect your home from damage. Knowing the differences between common storm shutters can help you to keep your home safe by choosing the right panels at the right price point for your home.

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