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Frequently Asks and Questions

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The following information contains customer's usual general questions, detailed answers, and relevant sources.

Useful Sources

What to do in case a hurricane approaches?

2023 North Atlantic Hurricane Season.

From: June 1st.
Until: November 30th.

 

"The official hurricane season for the Atlantic basin is from June 1 to November 30, but tropical cyclone activity sometimes occurs before and after these dates", https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/climo/.

 

By now you may have thought about getting your accordion shutters or other product, in that case, you have made your first step.

- If so, contact us to get a free estimate and clarify your doubts.

 
In other instances:

  • In case of an emergency, we will help you to close the product in case you cannot for any extraordinary situations.

  • At the time of an emergency during an active hurricane, you must contact expert services by calling 911.

  • With time, make sure to evacuate if the hurricane is approaching your location.

  • Our products will make the best to avoid the wind coming into the house, as well as protect your establishment from possible projectiles.

  • In a safer scenario, first, make a plan before any hurricane approaches, and seek the instructions of your location agencies such as firefighters, police, and government.

  • Prepare food for some days and medic kits for each person.

  • If you get the accordion shutters and other products with our company, you will be able to open some products from inside the house, so you have emergency exits prepared, being able to make an evacuation plan in case you need to leave after it is clear.

  • If you are able to afford a house generator, get one. Otherwise, camping portable power stations, are great alternatives for less than $400.00. Get batteries and lights for each person. Don't use candles or other light sources that need fire to avoid a bigger disaster, at least it is the last resource.

  • ​​National weather system: https://www.weather.gov/mfl/saffirsimpson. (Hurricane Categories).

  • We attach the following YouTube video link to let you get a better idea on how to get prepared:

    • We recommend always seeking the professional's instructions.

Company Details & Useful Sources

Main Information

 Are you licensed and insured?
Are you licenced and insured?

Yes.

  • We are prepared to conduct your project for both residential and commercial.

  • Our hurricane protection products are approved under the Florida Building Code (FBC). All products are labeled, approved, and available for installation throughout all of Florida.

  • We provide all the necessary documentation on installation as needed and requested through the process for any permitting requirements,

  • Our associates, as general contractors, notaries, and installers, are independent.

  • Simultaneously, all our associated members must follow the Florida law at the moment of issuing any projects and procedures, as well as having all needed documents up to date while participating in any project issued by Hurricane Protection Solution & Blinds, LLC (sunbiz.org).

 
Couty regulations on hurricane protecion products
​Where do I check my county regulations on hurricane protection products?
  1. First, identify your city and county by zip code on the official Florida Surplus Lines Service Office website (FSLSO).

  2. Then, open the corresponding link from your county/city link from the following State of Florida official websites:

  3. Alternatively, you can check for the same information using an interactive map at: https://www.beycome.com/blog/property-tax-number-florida/.

 

Permitting

Permittng
Do you Assist on the ​Homeowner Association Approval?
Homeowner Assoiton

Yes, we take care of the dealing process at no cost.

We deal with the process for free, since it is our responsibility to ensure all the documentation is ready to proceed with the installation, so that we do not have delays due to documentation issues.

  • All you do is:

    • Sign in the necessary paperwork.

      • Commonly, the Architectural Modification/Review Form.

    • Wait for updates, as we deal in the whole process for you.

      • However, some HOAs demand owners to submit everything directly, in which case we will prepare the document package for you, in order to submit.​

    • Clear the HOA fees.

      • Most associations do not charge fees for this simple and standard process.

      • However, in some homeowner associations processing fees may vary.

 

 

Have the following information into count: 

  • A homeowner's association (HOA) is an organization in a subdivision, planned community, condominium building, or similar that makes and enforces rules for the properties and their residents. 

  • Those who own/purchase any property within an HOA's jurisdiction automatically become members and are required to pay dues and fees, known as HOA fees.

  • Some associations can be very restrictive about what members can do with their properties, being this the reason in this kind of organization you also need an authorization permit

    • Some homeowner associations will demand to issue a building permit apart for big projects (Please, ask your association about this permit before proceeding with any structural change on your establishment).

  • To request the Homeowner Association approval, the owner must sign the structural modification form, which differs from association to association, as well as any documents that the association may need and/or request.

    • We will attach all the required and requested documents in order for completing this process, the documents include:

      • The owners' signed and filled form.​​

      • A sketch, detailing the project.

      • A color form, where discusses the colors of the product being used and pictures of the product color and functionality.

      • The Notice of Acceptance, NOA, a paperwork package where states the engineered product, the installation instructions, and the functionality of it, including the engineered plans of the product.

        • All our product updated NOAs, are found scrolling down on the product brands.​

  • We will request any documents and signatures from the owner(s) if the association requests them.

  • The time to finish this process depends on the speed at which the association process all the documents that are required for the product(s) approval, likely on the next association meeting, which schedules vary.

 

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When to consider a building permit or HOA approval?

As part of our service, we bring our customers a free document package, backing up the security and functionality of our products, and installation, which the user can use for insurance reductions and other purposes.

You must consider building permitting for commercial, high building installations, and full residential covering under a homeowners' association residence.

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Homeowners' Associations: 

  • You must always ask for permitting approval to the HOA for visible changes in front of the property, and structural changes in the exterior of the property to avoid the risk of breaking the HOAs jurisdiction.

Building permitting:

  • Storm Panels do not require building permitting.

  • For single and small units, there is no need for a building permit.

  • For single bigger standard units at the front of the property, you do not need a building permit.

  • For Terrace Closeups, you will only need building permitting, if there is need of using concrete in a long distance, to create a floor so that the units can be attached to the wall.

  • For big projects, you would rather get a building permit if the HOA demands it (Projects Over $5000.00).

    • Insurance will only need the Notice of Acceptance, which certifies the product, and pictures of the products, and the manufacturing stickers on the products,​

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Why my HOA Cannot Deny My Submitted Application for Hurricane Protection?

Permits for hurricane protection can be delayed, held until demands are fulfilled, asked for resubmission, and partially denied, but never fully denied.

Denying an application for the installation of compliant hurricane shutters poses several risks for a Homeowners' Association (HOA). Primarily, it exposes the HOA to potential legal challenges, as homeowners have the right under Florida Statute 720.304(4) and HB 293 to install hurricane protection that meets building codes. Unreasonable denial can be seen as a violation of these laws, leading to costly litigation and potential penalties. Additionally, by preventing homeowners from installing necessary or updating to a superior hurricane protection, the HOA can be held liable for any damages or injuries sustained during a storm due to the lack of adequate protection. This not only undermines the safety and well-being of residents but also risks reputational damage to the HOA.

If your hurricane shutters project was denied, there may be a few valid reasons, which must be clearly specified on the denial:

  • Your HOA did not get a complete package of the documents expressed in the submission form.

  • Your HOA main form had filling issues and needs resubmission.

  • Your HOA demands other option of the available colors for your product and needs resubmission.

  • Your HOA states to resubmit with specific information not previously included.

  • Your HOA have not clearly got how does the product units work regardless of the attached documents, clear images, and Florida Building Code plans, try to clarify this personally, or by call. Do not resubmit yet.

    • If the problem persists, resubmit with more visual and written evidence regarding color and functionality

    • Finally, resubmit issuing a building permit, regardless the magnitude of the project.

 

Unreasonable denial of an application for installing hurricane shutters or other protective measures could include the following:

  • Prohibiting Approved Devices: Denying the installation of hurricane protection devices that comply with the Florida Building Code (FBC) and are explicitly allowed by Florida Statute 720.304(4).

  • Disproportionate Aesthetic Concerns: Rejecting the application based solely on aesthetic grounds without considering the safety benefits and without offering reasonable design alternatives.

  • Mandating Unaffordable Alternatives: Requiring homeowners to install significantly more expensive alternatives, such as impact windows over accordion shutters, for example, without considering the homeowner's budget constraints.

  • Mandating Inferior Products Over Superior Alternatives: Requiring homeowners to install significantly inferior products, such as Storm Panel types over accordion shutters, for example, without considering the benefits and functionality of the new desired product.

  • Excessive Permitting Requirements: Imposing unnecessary and overly burdensome permit requirements or procedural hurdles that are not aligned with local building regulations or that go beyond what is necessary for ensuring safety and compliance, on the issuance of a simple HOA permit approval.

  • Failure to Provide Reasonable Resubmissions: Denying the application without providing clear, reasonable alternatives that meet both the HOA’s aesthetic standards and the homeowner’s safety needs.

  • Ignoring Safety and Practicality: Overlooking the practical benefits and safety features of the proposed hurricane protection measures, such as the ease of use, lower maintenance, and enhanced safety of the desired product compared to other inferior options.

  • Non-Compliance with State Law: Enforcing HOA rules that conflict with state laws, such as Florida Statute 720.304(4) and HB 293, which protect homeowners' rights to install compliant hurricane protection devices.

  • Discrimination or Inconsistency: Applying rules inconsistently or discriminatorily, such as allowing some homeowners to install certain types of shutters while denying others without a valid reason.

 

By avoiding these unreasonable denials, HOAs can better balance aesthetic concerns with the safety and rights of homeowners.

Hurricane Protection Solutions & Blinds LLC, warranties a compilable finish in the aesthetic of the installations for the best matching and appearance to maintain the aesthetic of the customer's neighborhood from the installation of all product units and all our distributed and manufacturing products. All our products and installations comply with the Florida state law and Florida Building Code. Please find the original source from the Notice of Acceptance, scrolling down the website, clicking to the product brands.​

What are the Homeowner Rights and HOA Regulations Under the Law?

Overview:

Homeowners in Florida have the right to install hurricane protection measures such as shutters and impact windows that comply with applicable building codes. This document provides an overview of relevant Florida statutes, the interplay between state law and HOA regulations, and practical considerations for selecting and installing hurricane protection, with a focus on budget considerations.

Florida Law on Hurricane Protection

Florida Statute 720.304(4):

  • Grants homeowners the right to install hurricane shutters, impact windows, or other hurricane protection that complies with building codes.

  • Allows homeowners' associations (HOAs) to regulate the specifications for these installations (e.g., style, color, design), but not to prohibit them outright or mandate a specific type over another compliant option.

Florida Statute 553.73(1)(a):

  • Establishes the Florida Building Code, which sets forth uniform building standards to ensure the safety and welfare of the public. Hurricane protection measures must comply with these standards.

Florida Statute 627.0629(1):

  • Requires insurers to offer premium discounts for properties that will install approved hurricane protection devices. This incentivizes homeowners to upgrade their properties with compliant protective measures.

HB 293, Hurricane Protections for Homeowners' Associations:

  • This bill emphasizes that homeowners' associations cannot unreasonably restrict or prohibit the installation of compliant hurricane protection devices. It reinforces that aesthetic guidelines can be imposed, but must be reasonable and not overly burdensome.

  • Key Point: Any HOA rule that attempts to prohibit or unreasonably restrict compliant hurricane protection measures would be invalid, as state law takes precedence over HOA regulations.

 

Key Points:

  1. Statutory Rights: Homeowners have the right to install compliant hurricane protection. Any HOA rule attempting to prohibit or restrict these rights would be invalid. (Florida Statute 720.304(4)).

  2. Regulatory Authority: While the HOA can regulate aesthetics and installation methods, it cannot prohibit compliant options or force homeowners to choose a specific type over another. (Florida Statute 720.304(4)).

  3. Supremacy of State Law: State law takes precedence over HOA rules, ensuring that statutory rights cannot be overridden by private regulations. (Florida Statute 720.304(4), HB 293).

Practical and Safety Considerations

Accordion Shutters & Roll-Down Shutters:

  • Ease of Use: Permanently installed and operable from inside the home, reducing the risk of injury compared to installing heavy panels from the outside.

  • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal upkeep, typically periodic lubrication, compared to alternatives like aluminum panels that need handling, storage, and reinstallation.

  • Aesthetic Integration: Can blend with the home’s design, maintaining visual appeal.

Aluminum Panels:

  • Installation Difficulty: Panels can be heavy and difficult to install, especially on upper floors, posing safety risks for reinstallation by owners.

  • Maintenance and Storage: Require handling and storage between storms, increasing wear and tear.

  • Aesthetic Impact: Can be visually intrusive when setting up.

Inclusivity and Practicality:

  • Accordion shutters are practical for all residents, including those with physical limitations, and roll-down shutters can be set up manually or motorized with the house electricity (solar panel options now available), providing a safer and more inclusive option.

 

Budget Considerations

Homeowners may face budget constraints when selecting hurricane protection measures. It's important for homeowners' associations (HOAs) to consider these financial limitations and allow flexibility in choosing affordable options that still comply with building codes and aesthetic guidelines.

Affordability:

  • Homeowners should have the flexibility to choose hurricane protection that fits their budget. For example, accordion shutters are significantly cheaper than impact windows but offer the same level of protection during hurricanes. HOAs cannot mandate the installation of expensive options like impact windows when more affordable alternatives like accordion shutters are available and compliant with building codes.

Financing Options:

  • Loans and Payment Plans:
    Many companies offer loans or payment plans specifically for home improvement projects, including the installation of hurricane shutters and other protection devices. This allows homeowners to spread out the cost over time, making it more manageable for those with limited budgets. Homeowners can explore various financing options to find one that best fits their financial situation. Importantly, HOAs cannot compel homeowners to undertake these financing measures, as doing so would be considered burdensome and unreasonable.

  • Government Programs:
    There may be local, state, or federal programs that provide financial assistance or incentives for installing hurricane protection. These programs can significantly reduce out-of-pocket expenses for homeowners. Homeowners should investigate available programs to take advantage of financial support that makes hurricane protection more affordable. Again, HOAs cannot force homeowners to apply for or rely on such programs, as this would impose undue financial pressure.

Insurance Premium Discounts:

  • Florida Statute 627.0629(1): This statute requires insurance companies to offer premium discounts for homes equipped with approved hurricane protection devices. Installing such devices not only enhances safety, but also results in long-term savings on insurance premiums.

By considering these budgetary constraints, HOAs can create fair guidelines that allow homeowners to protect their homes without imposing financial hardship.

Requesting Approval for Installation

To proceed with the installation of hurricane shutters, homeowners should:

  1. Comply with the community's architectural guidelines, such as color and aesthetic.

  2. Obtain and complete the architectural modification form from the HOA.

  3. Ensure that the proposed installation complies with all relevant building codes and aesthetic guidelines set forth by the HOA. (Florida Statute 553.73(1)(a))

  4. Submit the form along with any stated required documentation to the HOA portal, email, or physical for approval.

Conclusion:

Homeowners in Florida are legally entitled to install hurricane protection measures that meet building codes, while HOAs can only regulate the aesthetics and installation standards with external permits. Practical considerations such as ease of use, maintenance, set-up safety, the proof of maintenance of the aesthetic, and budget constraints should always guide the choice of compliant hurricane protection products.

Building Permitting
What is a city or building permit?
  • Building permits, commonly known as city permits, are written authorizations issued by the building office from a city or county in order to perform a project related to structural changes in a property.

  • Building permits are required for construction or remodeling projects in order to ensure the safety of the project and its compliance (Florida Building Code).

  • The building permits are mostly applied for external changes or structural additions within a property to assure the quality and material of the installation for the desired purpose.

 
Do you submit building permits?

Yes. However, our expertise is to advise all customers, as the property owners, on submitting the paperwork or ask a property owner listed on the corresponding county property appraiser, to facilitate on submitting it. 

 

Submitting as the owner will save time on approval, and increase the flexibility on paperwork. At the same time, we will bring you all the paperwork needed for your project in order to submit it to the respective online city portal or office building or help you submit it online. This way, you will only have to clear the city fees. You can contact your city to ask about a fee estimate for a "hurricane shutters, structural addition", submitted as the owner. Contact your representative to ask on the net project square footage estimation (net sq ft).

On the other hand, if we do it as a company on your behalf, likely for commercial, we take care of the whole dealing process for $500.00 that are charged apart from the project, as a company, our general contractor, a notary, and a mediator expert will manage this process in order to get your project approved.

  • All you do is:

    • Sign in the necessary paperwork.

    • Assist at the notary once asked, as paperwork must be notarized for submission.

    • Have all requested paperwork and the given document package ready on the inspection date.

    • Wait for updates, as we deal in the whole process with the city and submit documents physically when needed and when requested.

    • Clear the building permit fees (Fees vary in all cities).

  • Such process is an addition to the contract of the project issued.

  • If the establishment's owner decides to make any permit requested by the city on their own means, we will provide any required documents for its completion.

  • The process we facilitate, and all issuing fees charged by the city, are invoiced apart from the installation and manufacturing directly from the city to the owner.

  • The amount depends on the city where the establishment is located, and the fees the city charges must be clear by the owner to the city.

  • If your establishment is within a homeowner association jurisdiction, please contact them to ask about the city/building permit.

Is it necessary to issue a building permit for hurricane protection products?

We advise on getting all necessary and requested permitting.

  • As the property's homeowner, we can help you submit all paperwork for free by providing you all paperwork (Likely Residential).

  • Or, we can do all transactions on your behalf by a $500.00 fee + building office fee (Likely Commercial).

However, it still remains your decision.

Have in to count the following:

During hurricane season:

HPS & Blinds personnel will always follow the Florida Building Code rules for installing hurricane protection product units, as they are a permanent addition to an opening structure, such as a window, door, or other that apply.

 

Permits ensure that construction projects adhere to building codes and standards, guaranteeing the structural integrity and safety of the building. Skipping permits, under non-professional and inexperienced personnel, will lead to substandard workmanship, jeopardizing the quality of the project and potentially causing safety hazards or structural issues in the future.

  • Under a homeowner association jurisdiction:

    • ​Many associations, such as homeowners' associations (HOAs) or community associations, have specific rules and regulations regarding construction projects within their jurisdiction. Not obtaining the necessary permits can violate these rules, leading to fines, penalties, or legal action by the association against the contractor or homeowner.

    • Such jurisdictions can lead to stop or postpone the installation process until clearing fines and obtaining the necessary permitting, requested by the respective HOA.

  • ​Insurance policies:

    • Insurance polices often require compliance with local building codes and regulations, to make sure your products are up for high level storms or natural disasters.

      • Most insurance companies, just require pictures previous and after the installation, the certificate of your products (your product units' label), plus the Notice of Acceptance, a public record located at Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which we provide on the final package we give once the installation is done and the final inspection is approved. 

      • All our products are correctly labeled and approved by the Florida Building Code and regulations.​

  • Delay and Disruption:

    • Without permits, construction work can be halted or delayed by the local authorities, where sanctions may apply inside HOAs.

 

Hurricane Protection Products:

FAQs - Couty regulations on hurricane protecion products
Products
Where can shutters be installed?
Where can shtters be installed?
  • They are normally installed at low-height buildings (1-6 floors), balconies, rooftops, and any other site where you can close them easily and with no risks. For higher buildings and windows that cannot be opened at a high level, impact windows or electric roll down shutters are better options.

  • Panels can be installed from the first to the second floor.

  • Roll Down Shutters from the first floor and ahead, ideal for commercial establishments.

  • Accordion Shutters from the first floor and ahead as long as it can be operated with no risks.

  • Accordion shutters, panels, and roll-down shutters can be installed over bars, making what we call a build-out. It will increase its cost due to material, and labor.

  • If the bars have enough space, the accordion shutter can be installed inside the bars.
    If the client prefers, we can remove the bars, which have a lower cost than the built-out to retire the bars.

  • In some cases, for storm panels and roll-down shutters, it may be necessary to remove the bars, and it is as well the most advisable option due to labor, cost, and materials.

  • Accordion shutters can be installed at garages, transforming the lower track into a bump (It is cars' wheels safe).

  • On the other hand, we can install the lower track of a garage door entrance, so that it is part of the floor making what we call a built-in track. It increases the cost due to installation labor.

  • Build-in tracks are also advisable for main entrances or long openings such as sliding doors or terrace-alike structures. On the other hand, lower tracks can be removable, which means that they can be stored and screwed back on the floor.

  • At close coast locations with a prepared aluminum alloy for salty weather.

Will the lower track be an obstacle on exntances?

The lower track can be installed so that it is removable or installed as part of the floor, there are also walkover tracks.

  • The best option will be performed for installation, depending on the installation site and circumstances.

In what side do you place the accordion shutter's locker?
FAQs - Locker placement
  • Accordion shutters can be locked from the inside or outside.

    • Locks only apply for accordion shutters.

    • Locks are strategically located by our installation team.

    • If placed inside the accordion mechanism, the user simply needs to open the window and close the accordion shutter and lock it.

    • The Florida Building Code require at least two openings to be opened from the inside in the possibility of an emergency.

    • Locks installed inside the device mechanism do not require a key to be used.

      • You can open it as if you had a key.​

    • Higher than the first floor, locks are required inside the accordion mechanism.

    • In extremely rare cases, there is a type of lock that can be used from both sides.

  • Accordion shutter locks can be placed along the accordion structure.

    • The placement depends on how the opening unit opens.

      • The accordion lock is going to be located more at the right, left, down, upwards, or center by looking for the fastest and easiest way the user could manipulate the accordion mechanism. For example:

        • If a window opens from the bottom side, it will be placed in the bottom section of the structure.

        • If a window opens from the right side, it will be placed on the right section of the structure.

In what side do you place the accordion shutter's locker?
  • Accordion shutters can be locked from the inside or outside.

    • Locks only apply for accordion shutters.

    • Locks are strategically located by our installation team.

    • If placed inside the accordion mechanism, the user simply needs to open the window and close the accordion shutter and lock it.

    • The Florida Building Code require at least two openings to be opened from the inside in the possibility of an emergency.

    • Locks installed inside the device mechanism do not require a key to be used.

      • You can open it as if you had a key.​

    • Higher than the first floor, locks are required inside the accordion mechanism.

    • In extremely rare cases, there is a type of lock that can be used from both sides.

  • Accordion shutter locks can be placed along the accordion structure.

    • The placement depends on how the opening unit opens.

      • The accordion lock is going to be located more at the right, left, down, upwards, or center by looking for the fastest and easiest way the user could manipulate the accordion mechanism. For example:

        • If a window opens from the bottom side, it will be placed in the bottom section of the structure.

        • If a window opens from the right side, it will be placed on the right section of the structure.

My accordion shutters sound too much! What should I do now?
FAQs - Accordon shtters noice?
  • Retracted blades by their own will get loose along the rails, causing noise due to the passing wind.

    • Make sure to place the stoppers on the bottom track after each use.

    • Make sure the stoppers are tight to the rail and close to the blades as much as possible.

    • Contact us if there are lost stoppers.

  • This could also mean the unit is in the need of maintenance.

    • It normally happens due to lack of care and attention.

    • Be aware that lack of maintenance can void your warranty.

  • On the other hand, If a unit still sounds too much, you may need further assistance.

Why to contract your company and not installing the panels by myself?

Contracting a company to install storm panels has several advantages over attempting to do it yourself. Here are some reasons:

  • Professional Expertise: As specialists in installation of hurricane protection products, we have trained professionals with the expertise to ensure proper installation. They understand the nuances of different panel types and installation requirements, as well as seeking the requisites under the Florida Building Code for safety and correct installation. They are prepared to face the physical effort and provide master skills it conveys to make this sort of projects.

  • Efficiency: Professional installers are experienced and efficient, completing the installation quickly and accurately. This can save you time and effort compared to doing it yourself.

  • Quality Installation: As a specialized and experienced company, we have access to high-quality materials and tools, ensuring that the storm panels are installed securely. This helps in providing better protection against storms and other adverse weather conditions while using our products.

  • Safety: Storm panel installation can involve working at heights or in challenging conditions. Professionals are trained to follow safety protocols, reducing the risk of accidents or injuries during the installation process.

  • Code Compliance: Even though storm shutters do not require city permitting as a last source of protection, all our professional installers are familiar with local building codes and regulations. They will ensure that the installation meets all necessary standards, preventing potential legal and safety issues in the future regarding the structure where they are installed, using the necessary equipment and product adaptations the opening may involve.

  • Warranty and Insurance: Our services provide warranties. If any issues arise post-installation, we can address them promptly. Additionally, we carry our insurance, providing coverage in case of any accidental damage during the installation. Something you don't want to cover under your own risk.

  • Customization: Professionals can assess your specific needs and customize the installation accordingly. This ensures that the storm panels are fitted to your home or building correctly, providing optimal protection and fit the building code standards and regulations.

  • Time and Convenience: In general, hiring a company saves you the time and hassle of sourcing materials, figuring out the installation process, and dealing with any unforeseen challenges. It provides a hassle-free solution for storm protection.

 

On the other hand, there it is nothing wrong with doing it yourself, but it will require a certain level of DIY skills, time commitment, and attention to detail. If you choose to install storm panels on your own, consider the following:

  • Skill Set: DIY installation demands a basic understanding of construction and carpentry skills. You should be comfortable using tools and following precise measurements and dimensions to ensure a proper fit.

  • Time and Patience: Installing storm panels can be time-consuming, especially if you're not experienced. It may take longer to complete the project, potentially leaving your property vulnerable to storms during the installation process.

  • Learning Curve: If you haven't installed storm panels before, there will be a learning curve. You'll need to educate yourself on the installation process, best practices, and potential challenges that may arise.

  • Tool and Material Acquisition: You'll need to acquire the necessary tools and materials for the installation, which may involve additional costs and time spent researching the right products for your specific needs.

  • Safety Concerns: DIY projects can pose safety risks, especially if they involve working at heights or with heavy materials. It's crucial to prioritize safety, use proper protective gear, and take necessary precautions.

  • Potential for Mistakes: Without professional guidance, there's a higher likelihood of making mistakes during the installation. These errors could compromise the effectiveness of the storm panels or even lead to damage.

  • No Professional Warranty: Unlike hiring a professional company, DIY installations typically don't come with a warranty. If issues arise later, you may need to invest additional time and resources to address them.

  • Code Compliance Challenges: Meeting local building codes and regulations may be challenging without professional knowledge. Non-compliance could result in safety hazards and potential legal implications.

  • Get an easy setup: Our storm panels secure an easy season setup to only place and screw, so that you only have to watch this process once and place them when a weather hazard approaches, on the other hand you can opt for accordion shutters, that are more accessible than impact windows, save space avoiding saving the panel blades before each season, and you will have to simply slide and lock, and oil twice a year with a 10-year warranty on labor and installation.

Overall, while there may be a cost associated with hiring professionals for installation, the benefits in terms of expertise, efficiency, safety, and peace of mind make it a worthwhile investment for many homeowners or property managers.

 
FAQs - Panels
Galvanized or Aluminum Panels?
  • Due to durability, aluminum-based products have a longer life of use.

  • In various industrial apparatuses, aluminum is preferred over galvanized steel due to its increased performance and lightweight.

  • Aluminum can be coated to be resistant to salty weather, adding that it already has a higher resistance to corrosion than other metals.

Which panels should I use at the coast?
 
  • Zinc-aluminum alloy provides corrosion resistance, which is coated with a very thin layer of zinc.

  • However, even with today's advanced chemistry, the zinc-aluminum alloy is not enough to protect against the harsh environment of a salty sea breeze for the very long term.

  • In these cases, the best products are, impact windows, impact doors, and accordion shutters.

  • We do not offer panels for salty weather.
     

*Plywood is not an effective alternative, warns IBHS, and should only be used as a last-minute, “better than nothing” line of defense.

 
 

General Questions

Preferencs
Can I choose the color/design I want for my product?

It depends on the owners' rights over the property:

  • If you are not in an organization that requires HOA, it is the customer who will choose the available colors the company has on hand.

  • If you own a property within an HOA organization, it depends on their permission and the area where your establishment is located. 

  • In an HOA, apart from the color, the design is normally selected by the owner and not the organization.

FAQs - Color/Design
I would like a custom color on my product, do you have that option?

Outstanding sample colors and designs availability depends on:

  • Within hurricane protection products, this decision may depend on if the establishment is linked to an association and its rules to be a possible option.

  • If there is the possibility that a manufacturer has that particular color out of any company samples, you may have a unique color/design to choose from.

  • Additionally, have in mind that due to labor and manufacturing, it will have an impact on the order's price.

What does the construction term "opening" mean?

 *Opening:

       I.    The structure component where the product is going to be installed. 

       II.  Referred from the phrase "Open Construction" where a building component is manufactured in such a way that all portions can be readily inspected at the installation site without disassembly or destruction.

For example: 

  • Any kind of structure where a window or entrance door is located (Not the window or the door, just the location). 

  • Any kind of construction such as balconies, terraces, or other kind of similar structures are considered "Openings" as well.

How many times will you check the measures?
FAQs - Opening meaning
FAQs - Measures

As a good practice and to assure quality service, two times.

  • We want to assure all measures are correct for the issuance of any order and project.

  • First time: A seller will visit you, so we can give an estimated price including labor, taxes, permit, etc.

    • Those measures are taken to get them adjusted to the product you are asking for, which means your product final measures will never be the same ones as the ones your openings have.

  • Second time:​​​

    • After singing the respective agreement, a knowledgeable installer associate retakes the measures of all the openings, so that there are any issues at the moment the product is being built, with enough margin to make in-site adaptations when needed.

    • Rarely, if a space is too complex, the seller may need advice of a contractor or installer.

Why do the measures taken are bigger than my openings?
  • For safety reasons:

    • As a matter of fact, all hurricane protection products, need to be wider in order to be attached to the wall on the establishment's exterior of the correspondent opening to avoid accidents during emergencies while the unit products are not in use.

  • Esthetic reasons.

    • In order to provide a high quality installation, the products must not interfere with the inner side of the openings, ending in an esthetic frame shape, matching the borders as needed.​

  • Accordion Shutters:

    • ​In order for your products to be safe, they need additional space on their upper, bottom, left, and right sides to let a view free of obstacles without losing vision when the mechanism is not being used

    • The accordion blades mechanism need more space at its left and right sides so that they can extend when needed.

    • Depending on the weight, it needs more space at a height, so the screws are installed on the wall far from the opening edges, avoiding over time cracks.

    • The space given will always depend on the opening size and locker location.

  • Roll Down Shutters:

    • ​In order for your products to be safe, they need additional space on their upper, bottom, left, and right sides to let a view free of obstacles without losing vision when the mechanism is not being used.

    • The roll down needs space at the upper side, where the roll of blades and motor (if electric) is stored until be needed, and at the bottom and sides for the rails free rolling as well to get a secure lock.

  • Aluminum Panels:

    • ​All panel types have tracks, which take space at the upper and bottom side of the opening that allows making an easier and safer installation.

  • In general, these kinds of products need a wide space where the pressure of the projectile applied to it is spread, stopping the projectile to burst through the opening, avoiding high wind pressures to enter the establishment.

  • For more related information: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2006/rpt/2006-r-0645.htm.

 
Are your shutters installed inside or outside?
FAQs - Inside Mount
  • Shutters for hurricane protection are outside mounting products.

    • Proceeding installing outside mounting as inner mounting products will endanger the lives of those who attempt to take shelter during a hurricane disaster.

  • Our hurricane protection products are strictly outer mounting structures, which means they have to be installed outside the opening and around the wall according to the mechanism they are built and the requested method they must be installed to accomplish the Florida Building Code rules of safety.

  • Such a fact must be backed up with a Notice of Acceptance, stating that your products are up to the task and ready to be used at any moment.

  • Accordion shutters, roll-down shutters, panels, between others, are designed for outside usage only and cannot be installed at the inner side of any opening.

  • Many companies will try to buy you by stating that inside mounting shutters are a great option for hurricane protection as they are installed directly into your window frame, making them an incredibly effective window treatment, but never stating why they are able to work against hurricanes.

    • Just ask your selves, what about the window/door that is still outside?

    • What about the wind high pressures?

    • Inside mounting products are merely decorative, and do not represent a valid protection as windows and entrances get exposed to the high air velocities during weather natural disasters such as hurricanes.

    • Even though, you can check with the Florida Building Code if the wanted product serves for such safety purposes.

 
Do aluminum shutters resist the coast's salty wind?
FAQs - Salty Wind

Yes. Our accordion shutters are coated for such weather conditions.

Rust is a type of corrosion.

Corrosion is the process by which certain materials, metals and non-metals, deteriorate as a result of oxidation.

  • Rusting is oxidation of iron in the presence of air and moisture.

  • If aluminum is exposed to very strong acid or alkaline environments outside the pH range 4 to 9, violent corrosion will occur in the form of metal pitting. Bases break down the aluminum faster than acids

  • Saltwater can and will corrode aluminum. This does not mean that aluminum is not ideal for ocean use, but it does mean that it will need a little special attention.

  • The way salt damages aluminum is a process called galvanic corrosion.

  • When aluminum corrode, the thin coating of aluminum oxide that forms as a result creates a protective shield that inhibits further corrosion, but salts are extremely corrosive.

  • When salt air and salt water come into contact with aluminum, they can cause both the chalky, white coating of aluminum oxide and unpleasant pitting.

  • Fortunately, there's a safe way to protect aluminum from salt water and prevent unsightly corrosion with the use of a powder coating (Aluminum Handrail Direct).  

Which kind of shutters need maintenance?

All of them, very six months (twice a year), and always before hurricane season begins.

  • Avoiding proper maintenance will damage the joints of any kind of product, regardless of the brand, which will have a long-term impact on the units, affecting its warranty, and finally, your safety.

    • Even windows need to be clean from time to time.​

    • If your shutters are damaged due to lack of maintenance, your warranty is voided.

FAQs - Maitenance
How to give maintenance to my hurricane protection products?
  • Wait for a sunny day.

  • Using a hose or some gloves, clean the rails, so that they close with no obstacles, and let it dray.

  • Make sure to apply silicon spray lubricant where needed, as wheels, rails, and joints, so that they move fluently and produce less moving sound. 

  • For accordion shutters, contact us in case you have lost any rail stoppers.

  • For panels, make sure you have all the thumbscrews ready.

  • If you have lost some thumbscrews, contact us for better support, or bring a sample to your closest hardware store.

  • Additionally, save a photo and record the size of one of the thumbscrews, so you can find similar ones at any hardware store during an emergency at any moment.

Do you bring any kind of maintenance service?

Yes. 

Process:

  • Service of Evaluation and Maintenance:

    • We will clean the rails, so they close with no obstacles. 

    • We will apply silicone spray lubricant where needed (wheels, rails, joints, etc.), so they move faster and produce less moving sound. 

    • Our team makes sure you have all the thumbscrews ready for your storm panels and find new ones if any are lost.

    • For obsolete units, we find the joints and lubricate them by applying silicone spray lubricant to prevent them from being a danger at the time of general emergencies.

      • We highly recommend upgrading those kinds of units with a modern product.

      • Obsolete units may include normal storm shutters (wooden built only), improvised plywood setups (old or new), rusty products, between other similar possibilities.

 

Quoting:

  • The service starts at $100.00, which includes the first five standard size units, which also includes a silicone spray lubricant, the labor, and the visit. 

    • A normal unit goes around 25 sq ft or less.

  • Each additional standard unit adds $5.00 each.​

  • Big unit prices over 25 sq ft such as doors, balconies, sliding doors, among others, are $5.00 each

  • If any fix is needed, it will be enlisted as part of the evaluation service through an e-mail.

After the service of evaluation and maintenance is completed:

  • We will send an e-mail that includes an invoice, a detailed explanation of the evaluation, and the units that need to be fixed or replaced.

  • The e-mail includes the evaluation, which will include the state of the actual product and photos of the work.

  • The e-mail includes the maintenance as well, which has the procedures applied to the units.

 
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