Housed on the sides of doors or windows when not in use, these retractable aluminum shutters unfold like an accordion to protect your home's openings during a storm. The shutters can provide protection against not only wind but also forced entry. They are usually available in a variety of colors.
- Cost: $15 to $25 per square foot.
- Effect on home insurance: Possible discount depending on state and carrier.
- Pros: Accordion shutters are easily and quickly deployed in the event of a storm. They are permanently fixed to the house and do not require storage.
- Cons: They may appear unattractive on some houses. The mechanisms that open and close the shutters may be weaker or break more often than with other products.