Hurricane Shutters - Tampa

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    RudisFL

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    Having just dodged a bullet (Irma) in Tampa I am looking into hurricane shutters for the house.

    Has anyone installed their own?
    Is there any type of certification I should look for when buying the supplies?
    Am I saving any real money by doing it myself?
     
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    My family that is in Fort Myers has steel shutters they bolt on for this type of weather. The shutters look corrugated. They worked out very well in the 100+ winds yesterday.

    They pull them out of the garage, and bolt them on the days before the hurricane is expected. Rather clumsy but worth it. They live in a 2 storied home, so the upper ones are really fun to put up (not). But he does it with help from a friend.
     
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    Get a couple estimates, price the material yourself and decide if your time is worth the difference. Just my:2cents:
     
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    Check with your insurance company. Find what hoops you have to jump thru to get a discount on insurance for having them.
     
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    My parents have the corrugated shutters in Cape Coral. They didn't get someone to put them on in time. The house was within 20 miles of the eye of a Cat 3 Hurricane. The house was not damaged. My father questions the utility of the shutters, which is a decent argument...
     
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    All it takes is a piece of something to break a window and the house is questionable.
     
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    Hurricane shutters are like flood insurance. You will wish you had it, if it turns out you need it.
     
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    Some areas offer property tax lower and insurance lower for having them if they qualify. Worth checking out. might be cheaper to have them done with the savings kicking in.
     
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