With a motto like “A City for All Ages”, you can be sure to find something to do in Port St. Lucie! A city over nearly 200,000, Port St. Lucie is covers a large area of land in both Martin County and St. Lucie County. With all that space comes a huge variety of activities, ranging from championship golf courses, to fishing and boating on the St. Lucie River, to numerous outdoor shopping and entertainment centers dotted throughout the town. While Port. St. Lucie isn’t directly located on the Atlantic Coast, some of the best beaches you can find on the Treasure Coast are just a short drive to the east.
As residents of South Florida have come to know, the Atlantic hurricane season is the time of year when everyone is on high alert. It is no secret that, over the last 25 years, the number of named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes (category 3 or higher) continues to increase. It’s not uncommon for a hurricane that is approaching Florida to be carrying winds of 100 miles per hour or greater. Even if a storm of that magnitude hits on the opposite side of the state, as displayed by Hurricane Irma in 2017, the strong winds and associated damages can be felt for hundreds of miles in every direction. As displayed by Hurricane Michael that slammed into the Florida Panhandle in 2018, a hurricane can intensify very rapidly before making landfall, so each and every hurricane and tropical storm warning should be taken seriously. Choose Storm Ready to help walk you through the process of selecting, purchasing, and installing storm shutters on your Port St. Lucie home to ensure you’re ready for the next storm.
The most common type of hurricane shutter used in homes in Port St. Lucie is the accordion shutter. These popular shutters are selected by homeowners to protect windows and doors during storms due in part to their ease of equipping and simple, lightweight design. Accordion hurricane shutters are permanently mounted to the side of each window and door, and when they need to be used, are easily slide out of their housing and locked into place. This style of storm shutter is popular to use on upper level windows, as they are lightweight and can be deployed and retracted by just one person. Roll-up hurricane shutters offer an additional level of security often reserved for businesses, but now made available and affordable to Port St. Lucie homeowners. Each roll-up storm shutter is mounted in a box above windows and doors, and can then be deployed manually, using a small crank, or automatically, as long as the home still has power. This style of storm shutter is growing in popularity along the Treasure Coast for vacation homes, and the roll-up hurricane shutter can be completely locked, securing a home while it’s unoccupied. As an option for the more budget-conscious homeowner, storm panels are an excellent choice that provides protection against debris flung at category 4-5 speeds. These panels, available in steel, Lexan, or aluminum, are either hung or slid into tracks surrounding windows. Storm panels are also available in a translucent color, which will allow sunlight to enter your home after the storm has passed. Storm panels are not permanently stored on your home, but their mounting points are. For a more coastal-look that is becoming increasingly popular up and down the South Florida coast, bahama shutters act as functional storm shutters, and also offer an added level of energy efficiency to your home. If your Port St. Lucie has a screened in patio, pool area, or porch to keep pesky bugs and critters away, then storm fabric should be your next backyard upgrade. This UV resistant screening can quickly and easily be removed as a storm is heading your way, leaving the structure and screens safe from severe winds that could otherwise cause costly damage.
Preparing for the next big hurricane should always been on the mind of a Port St. Lucie homeowner. Each day, the Storm Ready team speaks with residents up and down the coast who are realizing that taking preemptive steps to protect their home will pay off in the long run. Give us a call today to discuss how we can best secure your Port St. Lucie home with the best storm shutters on the market. Our parent company, Prizm Construction, is a licensed and insured contractor that operates out of West Palm Beach. In addition to providing Storm Ready with logistical support, they also have a background of completing renovation to homes to prepare them for hurricane season, including items like replacing windows with impact windows, wiring a home to run on emergency generators, and upgrading roofing to withstand hurricane force winds.