We just got a price for roll down shutters for my 5 french doors. Wow!!!!! 8 thousand installed by A STX company. I have looked on Puerto Rico and Florida for better prices . Anybody got a source for quality rolldown's at a better price?
Roll down hurricane shutters
I posted this June/2005. STT/Water Island. Lower level of the home which is ......3 8 ft. sliders, about 4 3 ft windows.
There are different kinds of shutters and we requested estimates for both kinds: Panels, Accordion and roll-down. Rolldown and Accordion are more convenient and more expensive. Panels are easy to put up/take down but you also have to find a place to store them when they're not on the windows/doors. Also, we got estimates from 2 different suppliers/service providers (though only one supplier had the "panels").
Accordion - around $9000
Rolldown - around $14000
Panels - around $5000
I had a combination of accordion, rolldown, and panel shutters installed on my house (STX) 2 years ago. I got two estimates, which were about the same price, and went with the company that was recommended by several people I knew. Unfortunately, they ordered the wrong size accordian shutters initially, took about 5 months to get them installed, and did a poor job installing the shutters overall. The rolldown shutter clutch broke the first time the shutter was operated for storm preps by my property management company and it took almost a year to get it repaired by the company that installed it. The guy who finally repaired it (the worker - not the salesman of this "high-quality" product) also told me that they have a lot of repair problems with rolldown shutters in general and the model I have in particular.
Once I moved here I decided to install panels on my remaining windows myself. If you are the least bit handy (and have a hammerdrill) you will find they are pretty easy to install and very inexpensive. You should be able to buy all the materials you need for a french door (panels, removable lower track, screws, anchors, etc.) for well under $200. I priced my materials at 3 different places here and one company (Rooftops) was half the price of the other two (Kokomos and Centerline).
JE, I'm smiling at your story. We went with the panels including installation. In June, we paid 50% of the $ and waited. Around October (after much follow-up), the guys arrived and installed panels on the windows. Then left. I say to husband "HEY! Husband! Those guys coming back tomorrow?" Husband replies, "Why? They were here today!" Arrrgh! Around December (after much follow-up), the guys arrived and installed panels on the doors.
The only thing about panels is you have got to have a place to store them besides in a stack outside your bedroom slider. After happy hour & porch sitting, those panels can leap in front of your toes (did I mention these were "magic" panels). Fortunately, I was in just the perfect blissful state to not freak out too much with the bleeding foot. Of course, the next morning was not as blissful.
In August we had Kokomo's install panel type on three of our windows. They did it the next day, were reasonable and very nice. it has since been sold, but I met the new owner, and he seemed very nice also.