The aluminum sheet slides into place and is normally secured by wing nuts so that you can tighten them by hand. The aluminum shutters should be strong enough to get you a break on your hurricane insurance policy too, but they have a major drawback. What if your window is hard to get to?
My little house is surrounded by a comfortable deck so I can get my aluminum shutters in place in less than an hour with no ladders and very little in the way of balancing acts. For inaccessible windows these modern locking sliding shutters are excellent.
They live in place outside the window and when needed they can be slid across to cover the glass and keep flying coconuts out of your house. You can see the sliders for traditional aluminum shutters in the photo below:
Before a hurricane hits lazy reporters will usually head to the hardware store to get their cheap and easy stories of storm preparations. That's because those without the money or foresight to buy stronger purpose built shutters will make do with plywood drilled into the walls. It works.
Some places use nothing at all. I have come home after a storm and found little pieces of grass blown under the shutters and wedged against the glass as though some giant lawnmower had flung grass clippings against my house at two hundred miles an hour.
There is a lot of power in the winds of a hurricane, not least because hurricanes spawn tornadoes in their midst. Flying debris is a real problem when the winds start howling and when I'm stuck at work I like to know I've done what I can for my home.
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