Important Factors When Buying Storm Shutters

Posted on: 3 October 2017

Storm shutters are essential in certain regions. If you live in an area code where hurricanes, tornadoes, and/or flooding are an issue, storm windows might be required by the building codes. There are not only many different shutter styles to choose from, but also there are various materials that can be used. This article discusses the key factors that you need to consider before you invest in exterior storm shutters for your home.

The Right Material

You should start off by choosing the material. Of course, if you have exterior shutters, you probably want the product that look stylish and matches with the rest of your home. Vinyl is one very popular material because it is waterproof and durable. Vinyl is similar to plastic, except it doesn't fade as much, and it is less likely to get scratched. Fiberglass is very similar to vinyl, but it is usually a little more expensive. Of course, fiberglass is also waterproof and it has a protective electrostatic paint finish that makes it very durable.

Wooden shutters are also an option, but they usually aren't the most practical. The fact of the matter is, wood is not perfectly waterproof and you need to refinish it over the years to maintain water resistance. Metal shutters are super durable and great for extreme weather, but they are more functional than stylish. They look clumsy and they aren't available in many styles.

Permanent Shutters

Permanent storm shutters are definitely the most convenient. Usually, plantation style shutters can be permanently affixed to the exterior walls, and then they just need to be swung closed. Of course, when you have permanent shutters, style is more of an issue. This is why some people are still tempted to install wooden storm shutters, even though they require more maintenance. If you want a low maintenance yet stylish permanent option, you should consider vinyl or fiberglass.

Removable Shutters

Removable storm shutters are popular, especially in regions where they are less likely to be needed on a regular basis. Of course, the shutters need to be stored when they're not in use, and then quickly installed before the storm hits. This might be a little inconvenient, but most homeowners will gladly do this little bit of extra work so they don't have to have shutters permanently affixed to their exterior. They are a great alternative if you can't find a shutter style that matches with your home style.