In a place like Jacksonville, where hurricane season hits hard, window protection is necessary. Custom colonial and Bahama shutters are a durable, and beautiful storm protection solution.

Which of these types best suits you and your home? Well, it all depends on your preference of style and functionality. Read below for a description of these shutters, and their benefits, so you can make an informed decision on the best shutter option for you.

Bahama Style Shutters

These Caribbean-style blinds are for the exterior of the home. This means they attach to the outside of a window. These awnings can be opened and closed as you wish. The blind slats are also adjustable to control the amount of light allowed in. This is helpful in a sunny place like Jacksonville, and may even decrease utility costs.

A great benefit of this style is that they only take one person to open and close. They are also very easy to make hurricane-ready, as all you have to do is pull them down. However, there are some cons to this design.

Unlike custom Colonial shutters, these hinge at the top and mount to the top of a window. Because they hinge from the top, not all of these shades offer a wide opening. This can limit the amount of light allowed in, which can limit the view from your windows. So if you want a wider window opening then, custom colonial shutters may be a better option for you.

Custom Colonial Shutters in Jacksonville

Colonial (or plantation) style blinds are also for the exterior of the home. These panels mount to the sides of the frame. A Colonial-style allows the panels to open away from the window. This means the view from your window is not obstructed at all with this style.

Like Bahama style, plantation shutters only require one person to handle them. When a big storm hits Jacksonville, it only takes a few seconds to make sure that your windows are ready. Still, there are some cons to a plantation style. These blinds require a storm bar to lock them. But the benefits may outweigh the cons considering you can open up your windows entirely.

Visual Appeal

Both the Caribbean style and custom Colonial shutters offer a decorative way to protect your windows in Jacksonville. We craft all of our shutter with high-quality, aluminum, to promote a longer-lasting, more durable product.

Master Aluminum offers many different colors for Bahama and custom Colonial shutters. You can choose from standard options like white, ivory, or beige. But if you want a vibrant shutter that offers a pop of color to your home, we have options like luminous orange, blue lilac, and pastel violet.

You won’t run into any issues achieving the perfect color combinations for your home and shutters.

Hurricane Protection

The most beneficial reason to get Bahama or custom Colonial shutters is hurricane protection. When you are able to cover your windows during a storm, you are ensuring the protection of your home as well as your family.

The vast wind speeds of a hurricane can send debris flying hard and fast. With the protection of window coverings, you prevent the chance of this flying debris breaking your windows. Which can result in injury, costly repairs, and even more damage.

At Master Aluminum, all products are made from aluminum to ensure protection from dangerous storms. In addition, all shutters are built to meet the Florida Building Code for areas like Jacksonville, which is a Non-High-Velocity Zone.

Other Options for Window Protection

If you feel that neither of these louvers is for you, there are still other options available. Master Aluminum offers a variety of options to fit your style and your needs. One other choice would be an arched louver.

These are perfect for arched windows. They can come in different designs like board and batten. A board and batten design can give your home a historical look and feel in Jacksonville. For hurricane protection, other options range from storm panels, accordion, and roll-down.

Choose Master Aluminum

At Master Aluminum, we specialize in manufacturing Bahama and custom Colonial shutters. Our blinds are welded to guarantee a strong product with a seamless look. We provide window covers that are ready for installation when they ship from our factory. Our company also offers product warranties, and we are part of a quality assurance program. Contact us online or give us a call today at (727)725-1744.