Common Misconceptions About Storm Window Covers and Hurricane Shutters

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There are few people who live in a coastal community who haven’t thought about storm window covers or hurricane shutters to protect their home and family. You might even research about them from time to time and then have information overload that results in a state of “analysis paralysis.” It doesn’t help when there are many misconceptions being touted as facts in online articles. The time to realize you need to move forward is before a major hurricane hits, so let’s dispel a few common misconceptions and allow you to get to the decision stage with more confidence.

Common Misconceptions About Storm Window Covers and Hurricane Shutters

  • Myth #1: You only need to put storm window covers or hurricane shutters on windows facing the water or the prevailing winds. False! Leaving any windows unprotected can create a weak link in your hurricane protection. Once a window is busted out by flying debris, which can come from any direction, your home is at risk of water damage and increased internal pressure that could result in sucking the roof right off your home.
  • Myth #2: You don’t need storm window covers or hurricane shutters if your area hasn’t had that many hurricanes in the past century. Sure, you may never experience a hurricane. However, as long as you live in a coastal community or even a few miles inland, there is always the risk that any hurricane season could be extremely active and result in the one hurricane you should have protected your home against. In addition, hurricane protection is useful for many other reasons, such as securing your home when you go on vacation or getting a discount on your homeowners insurance.
  • Myth #3: You have to get all the same style of hurricane shutters or storm window covers. Some prefer to go with one style for aesthetic reasons, but if your main goal is optimal protection and one style would be better suited for your windows and another for your patio door, or if you have a unique situation that requires one type but you don’t want that for all of them, there is no reason why you can’t select from different types of hurricane shutters. In addition, if you have a budget issue, you can go with a mix of types to fit your budget, knowing you can upgrade the lower-cost ones later.

When you contact us at Port City Hurricane Shutter for storm window covers or hurricane shutters for your Wilmington, North Carolina home, you’ll get the advice you need, not misguided information. We put your best interests first and are happy to address all your questions so you can make an informed choice about your home and family’s protection. Call today so you can get a realistic idea about what hurricane shutters can do for you.