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What are you trying to use the shutters for?

Working shutters are popular along the eastern seaboard--they can keep the windows from getting broken during hurricanes--
 

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Plus there are cheesy looking, at best:whistling2:
Nothing like an 18" wide piece of vinyl next to a large picture window to scream goofy looking. You would think people would at least fake faux shutters that looked like they could cover a window. Nothing says tacky as fast other than maybe lawn ornaments or plastic flowers in the landscape.
 

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I wanted to install it on my windows for protection. I have seen photos, which style can last in long period of time? Any idea?
If you live in a storm prone area there are many types of window protection systems. None look as nice as shutters. Residential pull down metal systems that are like you see on storefronts are one possibility.

If you get real shutters make sure they are sturdy enough to stand up to a storm and make sure the hardware is suited to the task as well.
 

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Nothing like an 18" wide piece of vinyl next to a large picture window to scream goofy looking. You would think people would at least fake faux shutters that looked like they could cover a window. Nothing says tacky as fast other than maybe lawn ornaments or plastic flowers in the landscape.

something like this:eek:
 

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Protection from what?

Weather? They are good for that if you are there to close them.

Burglars? Not so good--you need to close them and that will eliminate light and ventilation.

What are you trying to protect your self from?

I had an inquiry about making wood storm shutters--that is for a sea coast house--the cost to make and install will be substantial---the antique houses had the shutters planned for with the thicker outer trims---Modern windows aren't easy to fit up with working shutters.
 

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Something else shutters can do is reduce insurance rates on the house. That leads me to a question of my own.... (as a newbie on the board myself, I hope this isn't too much of a thread hijack, but it seems relevant).

I recently inherited my dad's house in Florida when he passed, and the house is equipped with accordion-style storm shutters. A home inspection and wind mitigation report were done, and the home inspector filled out paperwork about the house, including the shutters' rating. Unfortunately, the insurance company will not accept this paperwork (basically, they won't take the inspector's word for it). They require a photo of the sticker, stamp, or impression on the shutters themselves with the rating. I have looked very thoroughly on all the shutters, and I can't find anything on any of them. I can't even find a name for a manufacturer. The shutters were installed by a previous owner, so I don't have any paperwork on them.

My question is, what can I do from here? I mean, if the insurance company won't accept official paperwork from a state-licensed home inspector, what the heck am I supposed to do? If anyone has an answer, I'd appreciate it!

Thanks.
 

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Post pictures--we have lots of Florida members and some wiz bang window specialists--someone might recognize the maker.

Also--check with local installers---one of them had to put the things on some years back---that would help.

Also--look for other houses with the same shutters--knock on the door--might want to have a camera handy---
 

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hamzil -

There is no law that says the insurance company has to accept the report from the professional, certified home inspector. They are just interested in selling insurance ans want to know the condition of the windows AND the manufacturer, product number, etc. before they sell a policy unless they are certified. There always other insurance companies that might accept the "rating" and report just to sell a policy.

To the OP, there are very sophistitacted shutter moveable shutter systems that have been used for decades to reduce heat loss in colder climates. Since a window is hole in the wall, no matter what kind of funny gas is used, it has little effect to reduce the radiant heat loss that is barely reduced to the point that is still minimal and a sheet hung on the inside does a better job. These a steel (stainless, powder coated of epoxy) shutters installed on the exterior that improve security, improve thermal properties, impact protection and reduced sound transmission, run in rigid tracks provide some protection for the glazing.. Not at all like commercical, rattling and loose steel shutters. They are operated from the interior using a narrow nylon band silimar to interior horizontal blinds.

They are not cheap, being built to typical European standards, but they work and are not obtrusive since they a commonly used on homes.

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