Stuart, known by outdoorsman and anglers around the glove as the “Sailfish Capital of the World”, is a sportsman paradise. With the town spanning both sides of the St. Lucie River, it is essentially the “gateway” to the Atlantic Ocean for Martin County residents. Stuart is oldest city in Martin County, and is also the county seat. Over 15,000 year-round residents chose this Treasure Coast community in order to take advantage of the world-class fishing and boating, excellent year-round weather, and miles of white sand beaches on Hutchinson Island.
Stuart is a unique location on the Atlantic coast when it comes to hurricane vulnerability. Not only is it exposed to the Atlantic itself, putting it at risk of storm surge, but also is surrounded by the St. Lucie River. Stuart is actually on the list of top 50 cities hit by hurricanes, ranking in at number 37. The 25 major hurricanes on record that have hit Stuart places it above such notable places as New Orleans, Panama City, and Homestead. Stuart residents should always be prepared for a hurricane event to affect their homes, whether it’s through storm surge or hurricane-force winds. Storm Ready is here to help you determine what the best approach is to protect your windows and doors with storm shutters. The hurricane shutters that we carry are rated to withstand even the strongest of hurricane winds, and are built to last, all without leaving unsightly boxes and posts all over the exterior of your home.
Many homes throughout Stuart are already prepared for hurricane force winds with accordion shutters installed over windows and doors. These shutters are a popular choice for homeowners because of their quick and simple deployment that can often be done by one person. Many homes with a second story will also use accordion shutters to cover the upper level windows. For a more secure and streamlined line of defense against the strong winds that accompany hurricanes, roll-up storm shutters can be installed on your Stuart home or business. This style of storm shutter is permanently mounted over the top of windows and doors, and is deployed automatically, or manually by hand crank, to roll down over the full length of the window or door. Homeowners who have roll-up storm shutters also enjoy added energy efficiency, as these shutters can be set to deploy during the most intense sun of the day, blocking out the heat and keeping the interior of the home cool. Storm panels are large sheets of steel, aluminum, or clear Lexan polycarbonate that must be hung as a storm approaches. Storm Ready will secure the mounting posts or tracks that the panels will attach to, but the panels themselves are removable and most be stored away while not in use. Bahama shutters give your Stuart home a coastal-style while also providing protection from debris during a hurricane. These storm shutters are commonly found throughout the Caribbean and in the Keys, areas that are all too familiar with dealing with hurricanes. For homes that also have screened in pool areas or patios, storm fabric, a UV resistant style of screen, can be equipped to the enclosures. This screen fabric can be quickly removed as a storm approaches, so that wind can easily pass through the structure, preventing the screens from getting blown out and having to be replaced after each storm.
Get in touch with Storm Ready today to learn more about how your Stuart home can be equipped with storm shutters that will ensure that your home’s windows and doors can weather whatever winds that come with the next hurricane. Our team will prepare a completely free quote that details the types of storm shutters that would work best on your home, costs and financing options, and installation timelines. Our parent company, Prizm Construction, is a licensed and insured contractor in the Palm Beaches, and provides us with labor and logistical support. They are also able to help Stuart homeowners in replacing dated windows with impact windows, as well as wiring your home to be able to operate on generator power in the event of a widespread power