For this year’s hurricane season, safety is in style.  Tape alone won’t keep you protected; so if you don’t have impact-resistant windows, shutters are the way to go. With this information, you’ll be sure to purchase the safest set of shutters to brave the storm.

When you begin your hunt for shutters, ask about the weight gauge or thickness of your potential purchase. The thicker the shutter, the stronger it will be.  But don’t bite off more than you can chew -- Don’t buy shutters that are too heavy for you to install before the storm hits.

Consider buying shutters for your doors too.  Shutter any door with a substantial amount of glass, and think about wedging sliding glass doors and windows. If you have large attic walls, put shutters over them too.  Be sure to pick one door as your point of entry and exit in the house; you don’t want to trap yourself inside your house.

Before you purchase your shutters, make sure make sure they meet Miami-Dade County wind-resistance standards. Standards to look for are the SBCCI Test Standard for Determining Impact Resistance from Windborne Debris (SSTD 12-97) or the ASTM Standard Specification for Performance of Exterior Windows, Glazed Curtain Walls, Doors and Storm Shutters Impacted by Windborne Debris in Hurricanes (ASTM E 1996-00).

Remember: any window or door being breeched by hurricane forces can contribute to roof failure. Shutter up! And check out the Florida Peninsula Pre-Hurricane Checklist for other storm tips.

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