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6 best hurricane shutters to protect your home in 2020

Whether you opt for roll-down, accordion or fabric storm shutters, investing in these top picks will save you money in the long run.

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6 best hurricane shutters to protect your home in 2020

Whether you opt for roll-down, accordion or fabric storm shutters, investing in these top picks will save you money in the long run.

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If you live in an area that's regularly at risk for tropical storms (like Florida and Louisiana), then you'll probably want to install hurricane shutters on your windows. Not only are they essential protection for your home during an emergency, but for yourself and your family, too. Hurricane shutters also provide an extra layer of financial security thanks to the possibility of insurance premium reductions and fewer damage repairs needed.

When shopping, you’ll want to look for impact-resistant ratings and test standards to make sure you’re getting quality protection. Keep in mind that the average cost of hurricane shutters can vary based on the style, material and size of your windows, but you can expect the most durable and permanent options to cost more than the low-cost temporary fixes.

Below are Good Housekeeping Institute's top hurricane shutters to buy in 2020.

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Best Overall: Rolling Shutters

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Rolling shutters do exactly what you think they would: roll up and down. When not in use (a.k.a. when the weather's great and there's no storm on the forecast), this type of hurricane protection can also provide your home with additional insulation and privacy without sacrificing aesthetic. Some selections (like Roll-a-way's StormSafe Rolling Shutters), can even be controlled with remotes.

Best Value: Fabric Storm Panel

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$245.49

Fabric storm panels like AstroGuard's are an economical solution for protecting windows during hurricanes. They're easy to use (in most cases you just measure, cut, and install — no professional installation needed) and they can be rolled up and stored away when not in use. Another plus: AstroGuard's durable Fabric Storm Panels still allow some light into your house so it won't look like you're living in complete darkness.  

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Best Quick Fix: Clear Polycarbonate Storm Panels

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$78.00

If there's a storm threat and you don't have time to install permanent shutters before it hits, then temporary storm panels are your best bet. They often come in steel, aluminum or polycarbonate (like these Clear Polycarbonate Storm Panels by Storm-Busters). Just note that this type of hurricane shutter usually requires additional hardware so you can mount them on window and door openings.

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Most Stylish: Colonial Shutters

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Think of window shutters in general and chances are that you picture something that looks like these colonial shutters. This style is made up of two separate pieces that attach to the walls next to each window. When it's time to protect your home, you just fold them toward each other.

Most Versatile: Bermuda Shutters

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$350 and up 

Bermuda shutters, which are also called Bahama shutters, are unique because of how easy it is to extend the arms and open up the shutter when there's no hurricane. This allows them to have a second function as a source of shade, too. These shutters are extremely popular in the south and other tropical areas, so that's how they got their name. Timberlane's selection of Bermuda shutters include various styles and materials that can either be custom made or selected from its "fast shop" section.  

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Best for Sliding Doors: Accordion Shutters

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This type of hurricane shutter needs to be manually unfolded accordion-style and then locked into place to offer protection. Accordion shutters are usually more affordable than ones that roll up and down, but since they're permanently attached to the side (rather than the top) of your window, they might look a little bulkier. Because of that, they're also great for large, sliding doors. Try Shutter-Tech's Maximum Impact Accordion Shutters.

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