Hurricane Shutters vs. Impact Glass

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Living in Jupiter, Florida or anywhere in South Florida means living in a hurricane-prone area. When hurricane season is upon us from June 1 to November 30, we have to be prepared for a storm to form at any moment. With that said, having hurricane shutters or impact glass is a MUST along the coasts of Palm Beach County or anywhere in South Florida.

Shutters can be a pain to put up when a storm comes our way with little notice, but the ease of impact glass comes at a cost.

Unsure which one is right for you? We’re here to help! Read on for the full breakdown of the pros and cons of hurricane impact windows and shutters, so you can make the best decision for your home.


Hurricane Impact Glass

Pros:

  • They protect the interior of your home from any flying debris that may occur in severe weather.

  • They keep the members of your household safe during a hurricane or any storm.

  • They prevent intruders from breaking into your home.

  • They can help to make your home more energy- efficient. 

  • No time or effort needed when a storm comes out of the blue.

  • Adds value to your home for when you are looking to sell.

Cons:

  • They are more expensive than hurricane shutters or securing the home with plywood.


 Hurricane Shutters

Pros:

  • They protect the interior of your home from any flying debris that may occur in severe weather.

  • They are relatively easy to install.

  • They tend to be much less expensive.

  • They come in a variety of options: automatic roll-down shutters, accordion shutters, Bahama shutters, awning shutters and storm panel shutters.

  • The buyer can choose the material (metal or PVC materials).

Cons:

  • The installation process can be time consuming and labor intensive.

  • They are nearly impossible to install by yourself.


 So which should you have installed in your home?

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While you may not want to make the investment, installing impact or hurricane windows can increase the value of your home more than hurricane shutters.

Impact glass improves your home’s curb appeal much more than shutters, and they have an excellent return on investment.

If you plan to sell your home in the future, the return on impact windows can be up to 85%. Also, they provide greater insulation which means money saved on monthly energy costs.

Have further questions about hurricane shutters or impact glass? Give us a call at 561-406-5228 and we’ll help you get the information you need to decide which option is right for you.

ABOUT THE MEYER LUCAS TEAM AT COMPASS

The Meyer Lucas Team at Compass is a top producing real estate team with offices in Jupiter, Florida and Scottsdale, Arizona. Founder and president, Holly Meyer Lucas is recognized as an expert in the field of real estate, specifically within the sports & entertainment luxury real estate niche, serving as the Realtor for many professional athletes who reside in the Jupiter and Palm Beach area. She has been featured across numerous national and local publications and media outlets, including offering her expert perspective on local real estate news in the Palm Beach area. Meyer Lucas agents work with a range of clientele, from first time homebuyers to multi-million dollar luxury estates. Learn more about the Meyer Lucas team at www.meyerlucas.com.