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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?
 

Angie

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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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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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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...
All it takes is a piece of something to break a window and the house is questionable.
 

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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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