How to Install Bahama Shutters

What You'll Need
Local building code and permit
Storm panel shutters
Measuring tape Marker
Electric drill with masonry bits
3- or 4-inch bolts

Hurricane shutters such as Bahama shutters are very important to home safety when the weather turns bad. It is great protection against very high winds or hurricanes. When the Bahama shutters are installed correctly, they will be protecting you and your family from serious injury and even death from flying debris and other things that get thrown around in a hurricane. They also help by lessening the damage to your house when a hurricane or high winds comes through by blocking the windows and easily broken parts of your house, as most shutters are made of mostly aluminum and really strong wood.

Step 1 – Get a local building code

You can go about getting this from your local department of codes and permits. These will give you mandatory information about what types of hurricane shutters you want and how strong they should be. If you put up the wrong shutter it could be detrimental to your house or family.

Step 2 – Measure the frame of the window

Use your tape measure to measure the height needed for the installation of your Bahama shutters. Then, you need to measure the width needed for the installation. Make sure to be very precise with your measurements or it could lead to the shutter not fitting. You must do this for every window you plan on putting them over (Please note that bahama shutters do not work with doors). Write down all the measurements and continue on to step 3.

Step 3 – Mark the holes to be drilled

Use a marker and find the center points along the windows and mark them with an X. Make sure to mark horizontal and vertical marks. The larger the windows, the more marking you will need to make.

Step 4 – Drill The Holes

Start at any window and start drilling holes at all the marks on every window. You also need to drill a hole at every right angle mark on the windows. The holes should accommodate the bolts that you purchased.

Step 5 – Place the Shutters

Put the shutters in each window so they fit tight and snug as to prevent wind or debris from dislodging them from their respective windows. For the best performance, put them about an inch from the window so as to not damage the window itself.

Step 6 – Install the Bolts

Secure the shutters with the bolts. Then, tighten the bolts until they are snug and the shutters can move without hindrance. Repeat this step for every window that is getting a shutter on it. A couple of tips are that you make sure your Bahama shutters can resist up to 120 mph wind for maximum protection. Do not wait for a hurricane warning to install these. Do it as early as possible to prevent injury and damage to your home.