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Hurricane Shutter Comparison

 

Roll Shutters

Accordion Shutters

Colonial Shutters

Bahama Shutters

Good choice if:

Stucco, brick, wood fascia or frame structure (if smooth exterior surface)

Ease of operation is important

Sun and light control is important

Security is important

Sound control is important

Access to opening is difficult (e.g, second-story window)

Concrete, masonry or frame construction with smooth exterior finish

Curved area needing storm protection

Simple, easy operation is important

Ability to operate and secure from inside is important

Stucco, brick, wood fascia or frame structure (if smooth exterior surface)

Ease of operation is important.

Sun and light control is important

Security is important

Sound control is important

Opening is accessible from outside

Stucco, brick, wood fascia or frame structure (if smooth exterior surface)

Ease of operation is important.

Sun and light control is important

Security is important

Sound control is important

Opening is accessible from outside (special order shutters can be operated from inside)

Material Extruded Aluminum  Extruded Aluminum Extruded Aluminum Extruded Aluminum
Convenience Very convenient. Motorization and automation possible  Easy operation from inside or outside Open and close from outside building Standard operation from outside. Inside closure can be specially made
Central Operation Yes No  No No
Maximum Opening 16' Wide, 10' High Unlimited width,
12' High 
72" Wide, 192" High 96" Wide, 192" High
Special Sizes Upon request  Upon request Upon request Upon request
Custom Shapes and Arches Yes  Can be installed and operated around curved areas. Yes Curved Aluminum available
Built-in during construction Yes No  No No
Operate from inside Building Yes Yes  No Not standard, but can be configured.
Meets Current Building Codes Yes Yes  Yes Yes
Pros Can be operated from inside or outside of building. Easy operation 
and strong. 
Strong Strong. Specially made shutters can be operated from inside.
Cons Most expensive Most impact on architectural look of property  Only open and close from outside Standard only open and close from outside