Roll-down hurricane shutters
With the push of a button or the crank of a handle, roll-down hurricane shutters are the easiest home protectors to deploy before a storm. The shutters are typically made of double-walled aluminum slats that interlock, and they roll up into a narrow box that sits above the window or doorway.
Available in all sizes and colors, they are usually custom-fitted to your home.
- Cost: While they are the easiest and most convenient way to protect your home, roll-down shutters also are the most expensive window defense option, averaging $20 to $35 per square foot of window, according to the NOAA.
- Effect on home insurance: Can be significant depending on state and carrier.
- Pros: The shutters are easily raised and lowered. They also can be used to temporarily darken a room.
- Cons: They're prohibitively expensive for most homeowners and usually require professional installation. Push-button systems need a battery backup or manual override for use during a power outage.