Rolling shutters are shutters that are affixed at the top of your windows and roll down when you want to make your home storm ready. Rolling shutters are one of the most popular forms of shutters used for hurricane proofing. There are a number of reasons for this. One is that they are easy to use once installed. They can be installed on an existing home or built in during construction. They can be “hidden” from view in most cases until they are rolled down. And some models come in a motorized version. We will run through all the pluses and minuses of rolling shutters below.
Benefits of Rolling Shutters
- They can be installed on an existing home
- Many types will be hidden from view until rolled down
- Some models are electric
- Some rolling shutter systems come with a central control
- They come in a wide variety of sizes
- One person can easily make a house storm-ready with rolling shutters
- They can be used as a security defense if you leave your house unattended for long periods
Potential Drawbacks of Rolling Shutters
- Rolling shutters tend to be more costly than other options
- If you go for the electric version, you will need a back up battery system in case your electricity goes out
- Custom shapes may be difficult to come by
- Depending on your home/windows, some special installation techniques may be required
All in all, rolling shutters are one of the most popular choices because of their convenience and other added benefits. Although more costly in the beginning, they are worth their price to many. Rolling shutters typically run from 30-$55 per square foot.