Of all the hurricane shutter protection products, the rolling shutter provides the most benefits beyond hurricane protection. A rolling shutter is mounted to the structure around the opening to be protected with rails at both sides, and a head box that houses the curtain when open.
When the shutter curtain is down, the rolling shutter creates a 2-4” air space between the shutter and the window/door glass that is very effective at increasing energy efficiency, reducing noise, increasing security, and providing excellent light control. While the rolling shutter is typically the highest investment, the daily benefits can make this product the lowest cost per use.
All hurricane products are tested and approved to stop small and large missile projectiles from breaching the openings and creating a negative pressure situation that lifts off the roof and implodes the home during a wind event/hurricane. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen every day or every week. Having a protection product that is easy to deploy when needed is important, but all the products cost money. Panels are the least expensive, but they sit in the garage and take up space for 3-4 years until someone puts them up. The cost per use of this product then is quite high. Rolling shutters were developed in Europe more than 100 years ago to block out winter’s cold and the summer’s heat. That concept still works very well today, even though homeowners aren’t stoking the coal heater anymore. American window treatments are on the inside, but that does nothing to stop drafts, reduce water leakage, and reduce heat gain in the summer. What happens to aluminum mini blinds in the summer? They get hot and are effective heat radiators. Bounce the sun’s rays out from the exterior before they enter the home at all with roll shutters–now there is a big difference.
That same energy-saving air space is also effective to reduce noise. When the Chicago airport authority provided noise abatement for homeowners around the airport, they replaced windows and added old fashioned storm windows. The glass in a storm window is just a single-pane 1/8” thick glass, but the AIR SPACE between the storm window and the double pane window is what makes the big reduction in noise. Shutters do the same thing (they cost a bit more and the airport didn’t want to pay for benefits other than noise).
Security shutters and hurricane shutters are the same product manufactured by Roll-a-way. Roll-a-way rolling security shutters and hurricane shutters both have end retention screws on each curtain slat that are captured into a channel in the side rails. This prohibits the shutter curtain from being pushed or pried out of the side rails. The end retention also adds significant strength to the shutter system and enables the Roll-a-way AL7 and Qompact shutters to have very wide spans without vertical storm bars. Most older shutter systems were not strong enough against hurricane winds and needed intermediate storm bars on both sides of the curtain every 3-5’ for support. How the shutters are installed varies by location and wind pressure, and installation methods are really the only difference between a security shutter and a hurricane rolling shutter.
Roll-a-way rolling shutters are one the outside of homes/condos with side channels and those channels have special weather stripping on both sides of the curtain that reduce water infiltration, but also reduce light from getting past the shutters. However, Roll-a-way also offers an AL2 shutter that has light slits between the curtain slats that are visible until the shutter is fully closed for ventilation and a little light. Rolling shutters are available with manual crank, spring assist push-up/pull-down, battery power, switch control, remote control, and iPad/iPhone control options.
- Powerful storm protection
- Five control options
- Battery operated system available
- Prevents water damage
- Smallest box housing in the industry
StormSafe roller shutters are a great choice for homes and businesses that want powerful storm protection. StormSafe shutters are specially designed to blend into a building’s architecture. Even when a multi-story building is completed in different phases, rollup shutters will look consistent. Rolling shutters can be opened and closed with the flip of a switch. A battery operated system is also available in case of a power outage.
Engineered to protect large windows and doors, the StormSafe unique design allows the shutters to roll up into the smallest housing box available in the industry. We also offer curved, beveled, or square housings to further blend into your home’s architecture. Rolling shutters are very easy to use and have five control options. Rolling shutters also protect against water infiltration during hurricanes and strong storms, therefore reducing the occurrence of mold and mildew. Watch the water infiltration video as the solid slat rolling doors are blasted by water from a fire hose.
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Standard control for smaller shutters. Controls up to 25 lbs.
3-1 Strap Crank
3-1 crank ration for small to medium size shutters. An economical way to control a medium size shutter. Controls up to 45 lbs.
Geared system with pole operator for medium size shutters. Optional removable pole operator available. Controls up to 80 lbs.
Quick and easy installation. Simply push up and pull down the shutter. An exclusive feature of Roll-a-way shutters with no-slip hinges.
Electric motor for all shutter sizes. Optional manual override, and advanced electrical control systems are available. Draws 1.5 to 3.5 amps depending on size.
Our EZ-Drive System features the Smart Drive Motor. Just plug in to recharge. No electrician is necessary.
AL7-E Extruded aluminum single wall
Rolls up in tight coil to reduce head box size.
US60 Extruded aluminum double wall
Air space enhances energy performance.
P55 PVC double wall
Excellent protection against cold, heat and noise; Aluminum retained bars through slat from side channel to side channel.
AL7 Punch Patterns
Miami-Dade HVHZ Building code approved
Florida Building Commission (FBC) approved
Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) approved
Wind and impact test approved
Approximate AL7 Maximum Overall Shutter Heights
Motor Operated Shutters Only