Comparison Guide

IMPACT GLASS

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Impact glass windows and doors offer hidden protection with the use of laminated glass that incorporates a PVB middle layer between two pieces of glass. Frame systems are available in low maintenance vinyl and standard aluminum.

 

Ease Strength Cost Storage Appearance Maintenance
High Mod High Low High Low

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Lifestyle Exterior Products offers many color combinations so that your new shutters match the aesthetics of your home. You can chose from our existing selection or we can custom match it to your preference.

 

 

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ROLL SHUTTERS

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Roll shutters are either manually operated with a crank or an electrical motor. The slats roll up into housing and down in a set of tracks on each side. Older, weaker systems have storm bars and newer systems have integrated storm bars inside the track.

 

Ease Strength Cost Storage Appearance Maintenance
High High High Low High Mod


ACCORDION SHUTTERS

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Accordion shutters are manually pulled across a set of tracks on the top and bottom. The aluminum blades fold up together on each side. The top track contains two grooves that act as tracks for the wheel system that allows for easy closure.

 

 

Ease Strength Cost Storage Appearance Maintenance
High High Mod
Low
Mod
Mod


BAHAMA SHUTTERS

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Bahama shutters are extruded aluminum blades assembled in a frame that is hinged at the top. The shutter can be propped open with telescopic arms or closed back against the house for storm ready position. Color choices are more extensive.

 

 

Ease Strength Cost Storage Appearance Maintenance
High Mod High Low High Low

 

COLONIAL SHUTTERS

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Colonial shutters are extruded aluminum blades assembled in a frame that is hinged at the sides. The shutters close over the window in either 2 or 4-hinged panels and lock into place. Color choices are more extensive and can add appeal based on the architecture.

 

 

Ease Strength Cost Storage Appearance Maintenance
High Mod High Low High Low

 

STORM PANELS

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Storm panels are the most widely used product of all hurricane shutters. The combination of low relative cost and easy installation are the reasons for their popularity. Avoid direct mount storm panels using drop in lead anchors and sidewalk bolts. Panels are available in 3 materials: Steel, Aluminum, and Lexan.

 

 

Ease Strength Cost Storage Appearance Maintenance
Low Mod Low
High
Low
Low


FABRICS

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Technology has entered the hurricane shutter industry with the advent of fabric hurricane shutters. Two main types are available. Choose a semi transparent screen product or opaque canvas product. Each has its own distinct benefits and is installed by homeowners.

 

Ease Strength Cost Storage Appearance Maintenance
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Mod Low Mod
Low
Low

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