COSTS TO INSTALL HURRICANE SHUTTERS
You already understand the true costs to install hurricane shutters. Besides the purchase price of the materials, there is your aching back to consider. That big game you are missing as you hammer away. Knowing if you do not do this right, your family’s safety may be compromised.
The costs can come from your pocketbook, your time, your health and your peace of mind. Let’s take a look at three of the common materials used as hurricane shutters to deduce which presents the best cost-effective option.
- Plywood – Every hardware store in America stocks up on plywood as soon as hurricane season begins. A historically popular choice for boarding up windows, plywood is inexpensive and abundant. It also is difficult to hang, involves nails (which may mar the façade of a house or business) and has a short shelf life. As soon as plywood becomes wet, it likely warps, making this a material that isn’t ideal for long-term use. Plywood also does not let the sun’s rays permeate.
- Polycarbonate – More expensive than plywood, this material is fast becoming a favorite component for hurricane shutters. While not all storm shutters made of polycarbonate are Miami Dade certified, many are. They withstand hurricane force winds and protect windows from debris. Available in a multitude of colors, clear polycarbonate is transparent and allows sunlight to enter a residence.
- Corrugated metal – These heavy-duty shutters shout protection. They also are so heavy and sharp that it can actually be dangerous to hang them. Cumbersome and non-translucent, they block out all outside light, and though most are effective against hurricane-force winds, they offer little or no cost advantage over polycarbonate hurricane shutters.
In a true cost analysis, one would say that plywood is obviously cheaper than polycarbonate or corrugated metal. However, it is harder to manipulate, may not fully protect, and must be replaced often. Weigh your options before choosing hurricane shutters, and then contact RS Supply today at 1-800-782-4467. They custom cut polycarbonate shutters for free and offer cost-effective, lightweight products.