Choosing the right type of shutter
05/20/2010 3:55 PM
06/03/2010 12:39 PM
A combination of shutter types can be used to protect a home against hurricane winds.
Questions to ask when shopping for shutters: What is your price range? Will you be installing the shutters yourself? How easy are they to use? Where and how will you store them?
Consider, too, the window's height and location. Second-story windows need shutters that can be closed from inside.
Be sure that shutters carry the Miami-Dade County hurricane product approval seal.
For a comprehensive list of licensed contractors and shutters approved for high velocity hurricane zones by the Miami-Dade County Building Code Compliance Office, go to miamidade.gov/buildingcode or dial 311 to have a county representative help you. Broward County abides by Miami-Dade's standards.
Prices include installation.
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