Accordion shutters – cost and installation

Accordion shutters should cost you between $18 and $30 per square feet.  Of course, if you purchase a do-it-yourself kit, it will work out cheaper.  Panels are decidedly cheaper and will rarely cost more than $ 15 per square foot.  Since accordion shutters are easier to install and remove, their long-term costs work out lower than what panels would cost you.

If you choose a handyman install the shutters, make sure that he is licensed and knowledgeable about the wind load requirements in your area.  Properly installed accordion shutters can help you obtain wind mitigation certification, which is required for getting home insurance.  In the state of Florida, you can get better premiums on home insurance if you can prove wind-borne debris protection.  The bottom-line is that with accordion shutters you can meet the Florida building codes. The installed shutters should carry verified manufacturing NOA/FL labels.

A do-it-yourself installation of accordion hurricane shutters

Accordion shutters are strong, sturdy, and easy to operate.  Once pulled and locked together, you can stop worrying about high winds and storm damaging your property.

Let us take a quick look at how you can install the shutters by yourself.

  • Measure the openings that need to be covered shutters you purchase should be at least 3 ½ inches wider than the width of the opening.
  • The centers of the window and shutters should match.
  • Secure the tracks in place after using a gauge to see that the tracks are aligned properly.
  • Slide the accordion panels into the track.  The wheels must fit over the lip of the track.
  • Caulk the joints between the framing and the wall.

Things you will need include

  • Socket set
  • Caulking
  • Spirit Level
  • Help
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Fixings
  • Accordion shutters
  • Screwdriver

Why are Accordion Shutters the best for East Coast storm protection

If you’re a home owner anywhere along America’s magnificent east coast, you’re among the lucky few. But all super things in life come at a cost and the cost that you pay in cities such as Miami, New York, New Jersey is vulnerability to hurricanes. U.S cities on the East Coast face this wrath of nature every year. Of course; the severity of the hurricanes varies you don’t get hit by a Sandy or Katrina every year but when it happens it pays to be prepared. In fact, a hurricane does not have to be a Category 4 event to cause maximum damage; a combination of factors such as tide, winds, rains can create havoc even with lesser hurricanes. Which means you have to be prepared, because if you are not, not only will you face property damage there is every chance that you may not get compensated for it by the insurance companies. Why? Because they expect you to be prepared. Lack of preparation disqualifies you from claiming compensation. So, what is the best way to stay prepared. Install hurricane shutters. There are different types but you may want to consider accordion shutters for east coast storm protection. They offer certain unique advantages.

Let us understand in greater detail –

  • Strong and durable
  • Hide in recessed openings behind the wall, take less space
  • If you’ve got curved openings to cover, you need accordion shutters
  • Excellent protection against theft, and not just hurricanes
  • Protection against the sun, wind, and elements. Keep interior dust-free and the wall paint fresh
  • Choice of sizes
  • Possible to operate from within the house

In versatility, accordion shutters are hard to beat. When installing these shutters pay special attention to the tracks system on which the shutters will move. These tracks can be a costly point of failure.

When a Good Wind Blows

“Hinga-dinga-durgin” said SpongeBob Square Pants to his friends. He was celebrating Leif Ericson Day, an official holiday created to honor his hero Leif Ericson, the Norse Viking. Around 1001AD Leif Ericson took advantage of a mighty wind and setting sail from his hometown he discovered North America.

Well, Leif Ericson may have cheered for a good wind storm, but Outer Banks residents can rely on 35 years of experience to safeguard their families, homes and businesses from the devastating effects of tropical storms and hurricanes blowing them to new lands. Empire Construction & Development is the company they trust for customer service and product quality. Customer satisfaction has earned Empire Construction & Development superior ratings in the storm protection industry.

Impact Bahama shutters offer a charming and tropical aesthetic that compliments and beautifies any home or commercial structure while providing permanent shade, energy savings, and storm protection. Quality louvered shutters are available in a pleasing array of colors and size specifications and are a favored choice for many Outer Banks residents and business owners who are seeking maximum security and protection from seasonal storms and hurricanes.

Empire Construction & Development customizes each shutter for permanent mounting at a 45 degree angle affording the occupants privacy, visibility and ventilation through uniquely designed aluminum slats. Bahama hurricane shutters are easy to install and are quick and convenient to operate. Because our shutters are permanently affixed beside the windows, the need for bulky storage space is eliminated making this type of shutter a top pick for many Outer Banks residents. Engineered from heavy, extruded aluminum, our shutters can withstand the intensity of winds and storm pressure associated with hurricane-force winds. The superior quality of our Bahama shutters deem them a popular choice for many discerning customers seeking to enhance and protect their homes and businesses while preserving the structural elegance of their residential or commercial property. Additionally, our Bahama shutters aren’t solely appreciated for their storm shielding capabilities. Empire Construction & Development shutters are also enjoyed during the more welcomed forecasts due to the added charm they introduce to the exterior of homes and businesses and the cool coastal breezes that are invited in through the louvered slats. Contact Empire Construction & Development for impact Bahama shutters that meet or exceed the most stringent wind codes in the U.S. and have been accepted by the Miami-Dade County Product Control Division, Florida Building Code and the International Building Code. Contact us today for your FREE hurricane shutter quote or to place an order: (954)474-3557

Improved Hurricane Fabric Protection

Thinking of giving up the harsh winters and unpredictable northern weather? A move south toward Pensacola Florida may be just what you need. However, with the wonderful weather comes a bit of unpredictability. Storms. But with new and improved hurricane fabric, one of the latest innovations in the storm protection marketplace is rapidly displacing other traditional types of hurricane shutters in Panama City and Pensacola, Florida you can count on being safe. Our hurricane fabric is constructed with an ultra-durable, transparent polypropylene material. It is 100% U.V. resistant and will not degrade from sun exposure. Our hurricane fabric allows for filtered light penetration and visibility while deflecting high winds, heavy rain and storm driven projectiles. Tested and certified to meet the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) standards, our hurricane fabric is a popular and affordable choice for many home and business owners in Florida’s panhandle. Our hurricane fabric is lightweight and can be rapidly deployed before a storm and easily stored when not in use. Unlike traditional storm panels, shutters or plywood which can fly off and become dangerous projectiles during storms, our hurricane fabric is typically installed using one piece per opening, making it nearly impossible to disengage even in the midst of hurricane force winds. We provide flexible strength clips to secure the hurricane fabric which is far superior to the solid non-flexible clips offered by most other hurricane fabric providers. Our fabric is a convenient and durable protection method for expansive opens and in spaces where traditional shutters can not be made to fit such as lanais, balconies, terraces and porches. Our seamless hurricane fabric can be customized to fit almost any size request.

Storm Panel Protection in the Gulf Stream

When a hurricane is expected, the best way to minimize damage to your home or business is to cover and protect all windows and doors. Custom fit storm panels from Empire Construction & Development are an effective and economical storm deterrent and the company South Floridians turn to for their storm protection. Our company offers clear Protexan, polycarbonate panels as well as the sturdiest aluminum storm panels (.050″ and .063″).
Our innovative, clear panels are a top-seller in storm protection and are the highest-quality clear panels on the market. Protexan Clear Panels have been approved by the most stringent Miami-Dade and Florida Building Code missile-impact tests. The panels will not shatter, rust or corrode and come with a ten year warranty against breakage and yellowing. Unlike plywood or metal panels, they allow light and visibility during a storm. Empire’s clear, corrugated panels are particularly preferred by many business owners choosing to maintain their hours-of-operation pre and post storm, while their windows and storefronts remain securely protected. Our panels are designed to slip into an upper header track and fastened to a lower track with washer-based wing nuts. We offer several track options to fit your windows and doors each type available in a white or bronze finish. These panels can also be attached directly to the wall without tracks by concrete anchor and stainless steel screws. Our Protexan clear panels fit well with our aluminum panels and can be alternated and interchanged during installation. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or an experienced custom builder, our design team of experts at Empire Construction & Development will guide you through your storm panel customization process and assist you with any questions you may have regarding installation procedures. Additionally, Empire Construction and Development now offers professional installation in the South Florida area.

Gulf Stream Storm Protection

Hilton Head Island may only be 12 miles by 5 miles wide, but you’ll find everything you need for a perfect Island retreat. Warmed by the year-round balmy breezes of the Gulf Stream and 12 miles of scenic beachfront, Hilton Head is a favorite destination for many tourists, business owners, and golfing aficionados. As the second largest barrier island on the eastern seaboard, Hilton Head makes storm protection a top priority. South Carolina Empire Construction customers prepare for the unexpected forces of nature, with impact colonial shutters from Empire Construction & Development. Our superior quality storm shutters exude a graceful and elegant hint of old world style, reminiscent of colonial New England and the Old South, making them an appropriate aesthetic for the homes and businesses in Hilton Head.
Empire’s high-visibility impact colonial shutters are strong enough to withstand winds up to 140 miles per hour and are a superior choice for Hilton Head property owners. Our shutters are constructed of heavy gauge aluminum, making them extremely reliable and weatherproof. Permanently hinged beside the window frame, our shutters can be locked into place easily when a storm is predicted or when additional privacy or security is warranted. When closed, colonial shutters reduce energy and cooling costs and deter unwelcome intruders. Our shutters offer durable resistance to hurricane force winds, airborne storm debris, heavy rains and the occasionally errant golf ball. Our shutters are available in a pallet of 2 dozen elegant color choices to compliment most architectural styles. Our shutters can be customized to fit and enhance any size window and are available in arches, angles and curved tops.
Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or an experienced custom builder, our design team of experts at Empire Construction & Development will guide you through your shutter customization process and assist you with your shutter selection and installation procedures. Our colonial shutters are delivered install-ready and can be easily installed by the customer, handyman or contractor. Our company can accommodate the storm and security needs of large commercial or residential contracts as well as smaller, individual shutter requests. Regardless of how large or small an order, our experienced and friendly staff will guide you through the hurricane protection process and answer any questions you may have. Empire Construction & Development manufactures impact colonial shutters specifically to meet or exceed the most stringent wind codes in the U.S., such as those instituted by the Miami-Dade County Product Control Division, Florida Building Code and the International Building Code. Contact us today for your FREE shutters quote or to place an order: Toll Free: 888-474-3555.

Palm Beach Florida Storm Protection

Palm Beach, Florida has a long history of weathering hurricanes and tropical storms. Residents and business owners in this region have witnessed first-hand the tremendous property damage caused by high winds, airborne debris and water intrusion associated with hurricanes and tropical force winds. Being well prepared for these climatic threats is why Palm Beach residents count on Empire Construction & Development. Empire Construction has 35 years of unsurpassed hurricane-resistance customer satisfaction. We offer the highest-quality and largest selection of hurricane and storm protection products at the most competitive online prices, servicing customers not only in the United States but also internationally.
Impact resistant Bahama shutters continue to be one of our biggest-sellers because they offer outstanding security without sacrificing the architectural aesthetic and coastal charm of the homes and businesses in the Palm Beach vicinity. Our Bahama shutters compliment and beautify any home or commercial structure while also providing permanent shade, energy savings, and storm and anti-theft protection. Our quality, louvered shutters are available in a spectrum of elegant color choices and are customized to your size specifications.The impact Bahama shutters are a favored choice for many Palm Beach residents and business owners seeking maximum security and protection from seasonal storms and hurricanes. Each shutter is permanently mounted at a 45 degree angle affording the occupants privacy, visibility and ventilation through uniquely designed aluminum slats. Because our shutters are permanently affixed beside the windows, the need for bulky storage space is eliminated. Our Bahama hurricane shutters are simple to install and are quick and convenient to operate. Engineered from heavy, extruded aluminum, our shutters can withstand the intensity of gale force winds and storm pressure associated with hurricane systems. Impact from airborne storm debris that so often accompanies tropical storms, is durably shielded by our impact resistant shutters. The superior quality of our Bahama shutters deem them a popular choice among many discerning Atlantic coast customers. For those seeking to enhance and protect their homes and businesses while preserving the structural elegance of their residential and commercial property, Bahama shutters are what you need. Didyou know that our Bahama shutters aren’t solely appreciated for their storm shielding capabilities? Our impact shutters are enjoyed year-round during the more welcomed forecasts due to the added charm they introduce to the exterior of homes and businesses as well as for the cool, coastal breezes that are invited in through the louvered slats. Even when open, Bahama shutters provide shade and privacy and make an excellent and versatile choice for many.
Bahama shutters are delivered install-ready and can be easily installed by the customer, handyman or contractor. Our company will accommodate the storm and security needs of large commercial or residential contracts as well as smaller individual shutter requests. Regardless of how large or small an order, our experienced staff will guide you through the hurricane protection process and answer any questions you may have. Empire Construction & Development manufactures impact resistant Bahama shutters specifically to meet or exceed the most stringent wind codes in the U.S., such as those instituted by the Miami-Dade County Product Control Division, Florida Building Code and the International Building Code. Contact us today for your FREE shutters quote or to place an order: Toll Free:(888)474-3555.

Colonial Shutters: Classic Style in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

On the beautiful and scenic coast of South Carolina, Myrtle Beach residents and business owners treasure their seaside lifestyle. Mindful of the storms that can blow in from the Atlantic, our customers from that region prepare for the unexpected with impact colonial shutters from Empire Construction & Development. Our superior quality storm shutters extend a reminiscent nod to the style influences of colonial New England and the Old South while enhancing the classical architecture prevalent in Myrtle Beach.
Our high-visibility impact colonial shutters can withstand winds up to 140 miles per hour and are a superior choice for Myrtle Beach residents and business owners. Our shutters are constructed of heavy gauge aluminum, making them extremely reliable and weatherproof. Permanently hinged beside the window frame, our shutters can be locked into place easily when a storm approaches or when more privacy or security is warranted. When closed, colonial shutters reduce energy and cooling costs and deter unwelcome intruders. Our shutters offer durable resistance to hurricane force winds, airborne storm debris and heavy rains. Our shutters are available in a pallet of 2 dozen elegant color choices to compliment most building styles. Our shutters can be customized to fit any size window and are available in arches, angles and curved tops
Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or an experienced custom builder, our design team experts at Empire Construction & Development will guide you through your shutter customization process and assist you with your shutter selection and all installation procedures. Our colonial shutters are delivered install-ready and can be easily installed by the customer, handyman or contractor. Empire Construction can accommodate the storm and security needs of large commercial or residential contracts as well as smaller, individual shutter requests. Regardless of how large or small an order, experienced and friendly staff will guide you through the hurricane protection process and answer any questions you may have. Empire Construction & Development manufactures impact colonial shutters specifically to meet or exceed the most stringent wind codes in the U.S., such as those instituted by the Miami-Dade County Product Control Division, Florida Building Code and the International Building Code. Contact us today for your FREE shutters quote or to place an order: Toll Free: 888-474-3555.

Clam Shells will be clappin’ over your windows

“Mermaids wavin’ Wavin’ to mermen Wavin’ sea fans Sea horses sailin Dolphins wailin’ Red snappers snappin’ Clam shells clappin’ Muscles flexin’ Flippers flippin’ Down, downLet’s rock!” sang the B-52s. While Clam shells and mermaids may not living at your house, clamshell awnings can give your home that trendy comeback look sought after by home and business owners throughout the country. Once intended to shade the home from hot sun or inclement weather, clam shell awnings are now also specifically valued for their curb appeal. Aluminum clamshell awnings are great for providing shade, and can even be pivoted down over the window before inclement weather strikes to provide some protection from the elements. The charming scalloped edges of a clam shell awning cast a retro feel to the exterior of residential and commercial properties while still offering the protective properties for which they were originally designed.
Lightweight and easily adjustable, clam shell awnings are available in impact and non-impact varieties and are offered in many complimentary colors. Providing shade and protection to your home or office, these energy-saving awnings are a practical and stylish choice. When lowered and secured, our awnings are not only theft deterring but also provide a sturdy shield from the elements. For protection against more intensive, tropical storms, winds and airborne debris, our impact resistant awnings are the best choice. Manufactured with added reinforcement ribbing and aluminum-backed for optimal strength and endurance, impact-resistant clam shell awnings by Empire Construction & Development have passed Miami/Dade County’s wind and impact standards, which include some of the most vigorous standards in the country.
The Empire Construction & Development will assist you with the customization of your shutter purchases.While mermaids probably will not be”.. wavin’to mermen..”, our shutters will be delivered install-ready and can be easily installed by the customer, handyman or contractor. Our company can accommodate the storm and security needs of large commercial or residential contracts as well as smaller individual shutter requests. Regardless of how large or small an order, our experienced staff will guide you through the hurricane selection process and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today for your FREE shutters quote or to place an order: Toll Free: (888)474-3555.

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