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Question DetailsAsked on 8/4/2013

What is the difference between hurricane shutters and security shutters?

getting estimates for accordion shutters does each accordion slat need to be stamped Miami Dade approved and what is the difference between hurricane accordion and security accordion?

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Here is a Miami-Dade County website where you can check if products are approved:

The hurricane shutters don't actually HAVE to be marked approved by Miami-Dade - they just have to be certified by an engineer or architect as meeting the standard. Of course, most manufacturers WANT to put the certification on their product - it can go anywhere on the product and is not mandatory, although the manufacturer's name DOES have to go on it.

Hurricane shutters have to pass three tests - a 9 lb piece of 2x4 being shot at it, metal balls being shot at it, and an overall pressure test designed to simulate wind loading.

Hurricane shutters are designed to protect the glass from impact damage by wind-propelled objects or overall wind load.

Security shutters are designed to make it very difficult for someone to break into your home. Therefore, they are generally much stronger, have stronger and concealed fastenings, and have inside latches so they lock closed, but can be released from inside with a simple pull handle or push-button for emergency escape.

Security shutters are much more expensive, both to buy and to install. Many but not all are tested to meet the hurricane code requirements too - check manufacturer's site for certification info, or look for Miami-Dade approval or test certification info. Here is a site that lists the standards applicable -

Note, for the shutters to meet the Miami Dade standard or to be eligible for the Miami-Dade rebate program for shutters and painting, they have to be permitted and inspected by a county building inspector.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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