What is the best hurricane shutter available?

Hurricane shutters come in 6 different varieties. Each has its own strengths and drawbacks. Some are super easy to use but require a significant investment. Others are inexpensive to purchase and install, but require a significant amount of effort to erect. One thing is certain, all of the options we'll discuss are better than plywood. 

If you are relying on plywood to protect your windows, you are taking a big risk. For starters, most people flock to big box stores in search of plywood when a hurricane is bearing down on them. This is the worst time to shop as plywood usually sells out quickly.

Secondly, plywood is heavy and takes a lot of work, often requiring two or more people. Third, it often rots in storage and most importantly...it is not rated to stand up to hurricane force winds.

If you're serious about protecting your family and property, your best bet is to choose from one of the options below.

  1. Panel hurricane shutters
  2. Bahama hurricane shutters
  3. Colonial hurricane shutters
  4. Accordion hurricane shutters
  5. Roll down hurricane shutters
  6. Hurricane screens
Panel hurricane shutters
Panel hurricane shutters

Panel hurricane shutters

Most people that choose panel hurricane shutters to protect their windows, do so because of their affordability. Compared to the other options, panels provide top quality with less stress on your wallet. But they also take more time for the homeowner to install. Some people think the process of installing them is painstaking, grilling, and laborious. But recent advancements in technology and tracking systems have made panels lightweight and easy to install.

Pricing varies by:

  • The number of openings on a house needing protection.
  • The material you choose (aluminum, polycarbonate, or steel).
  • The square footage of each window and door needing coverage.


  • The most affordable option for hurricane shutters.
  • Aluminum and polycarbonate panels are lightweight.
  • Clear polycarbonate panels can be installed with aluminum panels, allowing light into the home.
  • H, U, and F-shaped tracking systems make installation simple and eliminate the need for ladders on single story homes.
  • Can be installed by one able-bodied person. Two people can typically cover 10 windows/doors in under 2 hours.
  • Tracks and panels can be customized to fit custom windows and to compensate for stucco banding, oversized sliding screens, and other obstructions.
  • Can be custom powder coated to match home's color scheme.


  • Sometimes bolts get stripped, making the fastening process frustrating.
  • Difficulty inserting panels into tracks that have been painted.
  • Keeping inventory of panels, the windows they cover, bushings, bolts, and wing nuts.
  • Some people may not be physically able to install panels alone.
  • Steel panels can be heavy, cumbersome, and have sharp edges.


Panel hurricane shutters are a good option for people who are physically able to install them or have someone who is. Budget-conscious consumers will appreciate the comparatively low cost. Do-it-yourselfers will like having the ability to install their own hurricane protection. People who prefer less fuss would be better off considering another alternative. 

Bahama hurricane shutters

Colonial hurricane shutters

Accordion hurricane shutters

Roll down hurricane shutters

Hurricane screens