Rolldown Hurricane Shutters

How to Choose the Right RollDown (RollUp) Hurricane Shutters for Your Home

Rolldown Hurricane Shutters

For those in hurricane-prone areas, rolldown hurricane shutters are a popular option for storm protection. You can quickly protect your home or business from the looming storm by pulling down the shutters. These shutters come in a variety of sizes, from Single Wall Slat to 55mm, and can be operated manually or electrically. With electric shutters, you can even control them remotely via cell phone. How easy is that? Rolldown shutters offer an unobstructed view for up to 24 feet and have slim but strong tracks. They also feature a self-lubricated slat lock for easy maintenance and quiet operation. Plus, they meet Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina Building Code standards and have been ASTM tested for quality and durability. Every American Hurricane Shutter customer can rest assured that they have the best protection on the East Coast. Our in-depth pressure analysis ensures the rolldown hurricane shutters will perform as expected during a hurricane event.

Electric hurricane shutters look like traditional shutters but are made of aluminum. You can install them in manual, electric, pulldown, and crank varieties. Take a look below to explore a quick overview and advantages that these hurricane shutters can provide your home.

Quick Overview

Electric option for effortless operation
Traditional hurricane/security shutter look
Can be operated from inside or outside
Can be operated from inside or outside with remote operation by cellphone available for electrics
Quickest response to inclement weather- close shutters for even small storms with electric
Excellent security
Energy efficient – can open to let in more sunlight in winter, or close to reduce solar gain
Unobstructed view and no need to store anything

Our Easiest Shutter to Use

One of the biggest advantages of rolldown hurricane shutters is their ease of use, especially electric shutters. Think of how quickly you can protect your home or business. Unlike other types of hurricane protection, such as plywood or storm panels, our shutters can be quickly and easily opened and closed by anyone in the household. With electric shutters, this is just the push of a button, which can be done remotely if desired. This ease means you can quickly secure your home in the event of a storm without needing to hire a professional or spend hours installing and removing panels. Additionally, rolldown shutters require very little maintenance, (monthly use with cleaning 1-2x a year) making them a hassle-free investment for any homeowner.

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Comparison with Other Hurricane Shutters


Panels are vastly harder to deploy but are far cheaper
Rolldowns can be deployed in a fraction of the time, and without you present
Rolldowns can be used for security
Rolldowns are not as discreet as panels
Can be deployed from the inside


Accordions have fewer moving parts, which is less to go wrong
Electric rolldowns are easier to use
Most people think rolldowns look better (but still are utilitarian)
Accordions are cheaper

Hurricane Screens

Rolldowns can be used on any opening
Screens are not recommended to be placed directly against openings due to the potential to break the glass during impact events
Similar ease of use, screens are somewhat cheaper

Bahamas and Colonials

Bahamas and Colonials add more value, due to being more aesthetically appealing
Rolldowns can be closed from inside or outside (or electric), a rated colonial close is only done from outside
Rolldowns can be installed on decks/doors, where Bahamas are either not recommended or possible
Manual rolldowns are somewhat cheaper, electrics more expensive

Flat Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is only suggested on non-operable windows
Rolldowns are a better choice on all other openings

Rolldowns require some maintenance- including frequent use and yearly cleaning. Check out our Maintenance Section for details.

Pressure Rated

We perform design pressure calculations to ensure your shutters will not blow in/out during a storm- which can cause the home to implode.

Impact Rated

Shutters meet ASTM 1886E/1996E/e330 and/or TAS 201, 202, 203 to ensure superior protection from flying debris.

Easy to Use

Approximately as easy to use as accordions when manual, by far the easiest solution if electrics are chosen.

Energy Savings

If HOA allows, deployment of shutters when not around, during sunny days, or during storms will cut down on solar gain/loss. Ease of use means they can be used daily if desired.


Your insurance company may offer a discount if you protect all the openings on your home with a blend of hurricane protection products.

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Morehead City, NC
Myrtle Beach, SC

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