A visit to Boca Raton will have you wandering around a town filled with Spanish-Revival architecture, towering palm trees, and friendly faces. Boca Raton is the southernmost city in Palm Beach County, with a population that pushes 200,000 residents. Home to one of South Florida’s largest public universities, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton offers residents and visitors alike countless way to take advantage of its unique South Florida location, including more than 2 miles of pristine beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean.
The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, and homeowners and business owners in Boca Raton should always be prepared to secure their property and be ready to weather a strong hurricane. On average, Boca Raton experiences a hurricane every 2 years, and encounters direct landfall from a named storm with hurricane force winds every 5 years. Most recently, Hurricane Irma passed within a few hundred miles of Boca, causing trees to uproot and leaving thousands of homes without power. Hurricanes in Florida are often unpredictable in their paths and power, as displayed by Hurricane Michael that slammed into the Florida Panhandle in October of 2018 as a Category 4 storm, packing winds that exceeded 180 miles per hour. The first line of defense for protecting your Boca Raton home from hurricanes is to ensure that your home is equipped with storm shutters designed to withstand heavy winds and impacts from debris.
As a coastal community in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton is susceptible to taking the brunt of a hurricane as it makes landfall. While most people direct their concerns towards storm surge and water, it’s the winds that come along with major hurricanes that often cause the majority of damage. Palm Beach County experienced 3 major storms between 2004 and 2005, with Hurricane Wilma making direct landfall in Boca Raton. Winds exceeded 105 miles per hour, and damages to roofs, windows, and structures throughout the state exceeded $20 billion dollars once the storm had passed. Storm Ready offers a full lineup of hurricane shutters that can provide an additional layer of protection to your home’s windows and doors as hurricane-strength winds pound against these openings and fling debris throughout residential areas. Storm Ready can install permanent storm shutters that mount directly to your home, or can provide removable shutters that can be hung before a storm approaches and removed after the storm passes. Learn more about each type of hurricane shutter that Storm Ready can install at your Boca Raton home below.
Thanks in part to the Spanish/Mediterranean-inspired architecture in Boca Raton, bahama shutters are a very popular option for storm protection on homes. These tropical-style shutters are permanently affixed over windows, and in addition to protecting windows from flying debris, can also provide energy-efficiency benefits by blocking strong sunrays. The most popular type of storm shutters that Storm Ready installs in Palm Beach County are accordion shutters. These quick and easy to equip shutters slide out of their housing and lock into place, and can just as easily be stowed back away after the storm has passed. They are most commonly used on upper level windows, thanks to their ease of use and relative lightweight. For a more secure hurricane protection, roll-up hurricane shutters have a similar design to a garage door, and are mounted directly above windows and doors. Storm Ready offers motor-driven roll-up storm shutters, allowing homeowners to deploy and retract the shutters remotely. For a more budget-friendly level of protection, and one that does not need to be permanently mounted to your home’s exterior, storm panels can be used as a removable hurricane shutter. Storm Ready will prepare your home with the proper mounting points and will instruct you on how to safely and securely install and remove each panel. Boca Raton residents love their outdoors, and many homes in the community have screened-in pools, patios, and lanais. By equipping these outdoor areas with storm fabric, you’ll not only keep out critters year-round, but will also be able to quickly remove the screens as a storm approaches to allow wind to safely pass through the screen structure.
Part of living in Boca Raton is being prepared for a hurricane to affect the town. An easy way to get started on preparations for when the next storm approaches is to get in touch with Storm Ready today! Our team of lifelong Palm Beach County residents knows how to protect your Boca Raton home from hurricane winds, and will prepare a 100% free quote on how to best equip your home with the latest and greatest in storm shutters. Your safety is our priority! Storm Ready’s parent company, Prizm Construction, is a licensed and insured contractor based in West Palm Beach. Our experience and expertise in South Florida construction allows us to provide the best in storm preparation for each and every customer. In addition to storm shutters, Prizm Construction can equip your home with the strongest impact windows, emergency generator hookups, and other wind protection improvements that will have your Boca Raton home ready for when the next hurricane heads towards the Boca coast.