Protecting Your Unit's Windows
the foreseeable future, the Association is not considering installing
shutters for unit owners due to legal and long-term maintenance
considerations. Still, you should want to protect your units. You have
two options: hurricane shutters or impact windows. Although they
typically are more expensive, hurricane windows have some significant
advantages. Here is an article from the November, 2012 Observer when we
were still considering having the Association install shutters across
the entire building.
Windows Still Make Sense (from November, 2012 Observer)
Some owners seem to be putting off
decisions to install hurricane windows because the Association is considering
having shutters put on our windows across the whole building. Building-wide
shutters make sense because the shutters are much more affordable. But … there
are several good reasons for owners to individually still consider hurricane
1. They significantly decrease the noise, wind and rain
coming in from outside much better than our original windows.
2. Unlike shutters, they are always ready for a storm.
3. They are less likely to implode than regular windows
in case of the extreme pressure differences that can come with tornados.
4. Many of our 30+ year old windows need replacing
anyway. Wouldn’t it be nice to have solid, smooth moving windows again?
5. Now that hurricane season is almost over, you could probably
get a better price than at any other time.
Of course, the
combination of hurricane windows and shutters is the safest situation. So, many
of owners with hurricane windows are looking forward to having the building get