Monthly Archive: April 2013

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.