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.