The Truth About Hurricane Protection: What You NEED to Know

Hi everyone, Harry Cane here, AHT’s resident hurricane protection specialist. With storm season approaching, it’s time to separate fact from fiction. Let’s debunk some common misconceptions and ensure your home is truly ready.

Myth #1: “My house is new, so it’s hurricane-proof.”

  • Reality Check: Even recently built homes may have vulnerabilities. A thorough assessment of your windows, doors, and roof construction is essential regardless of your home’s age.

Myth #2: “DIY hurricane prep is just as good.”

  • Reality Check: While some prep tasks are DIY-friendly, the installation of hurricane protection systems requires specialized knowledge and experience. In many counties, inspectors must inspect the installation to ensure it adheres with local building regulations. Improperly installed systems can not only lead to multiple costly inspections, but most importantly increase the chance of damage to your home during a storm.

Myth #3: “The highest wind rating is ALWAYS the best.”

  • Reality Check: Don’t overspend based solely on wind ratings. The optimal protection for your home depends on specific openings, risk factors, and your budget. Reputable companies will tailor solutions, not push unnecessary upgrades.

Myth #4: “Impact windows mean I don’t need anything else.”

  • Reality Check: Impact windows offer excellent protection but may not be feasible for your entire home. A comprehensive approach, combining different hurricane protection systems strategically, is often the most effective AND cost-efficient.

Myth #5: “Shopping around is all about the lowest price.”

  • Reality Check: Price is a factor, but quality and long-term support matter too. Inquire about warranties, installation expertise, and the company’s commitment to customers after the sale is made.

Myth #6: “Once I have hurricane protection, I’m set.”

Reality Check: Even the strongest shutters and impact windows require regular maintenance to function at their best when it counts. That’s why AHT offers our comprehensive Residential Service Plan – because preparedness is an ongoing commitment.

Harry’s Pro Tip: Protection is an Investment – Maintain It!

Properly installed hurricane shutters or screens can last for decades, but like any major system, they need regular care to ensure they function when it counts. Neglecting small issues can lead to costly repairs or even failure during a storm. That’s where AHT’s Residential Service Plan comes in. Starting at just $39.99 a month, our expert technicians keep your hurricane protection systems in peak condition. 

AHT’s Residential Service Plan includes:

  • Debris removal from shutter tracks, channels, and housings.
  • Lubrication of tracks and end locks for smooth operation.
  • Motor checks and limit adjustments.
  • Comprehensive shutter performance tests.
  • Replacement of remote batteries as needed.

Contact us to learn more about our Residential Service Plan and get a personalized quote.

The AHT Difference: Honesty in Action

At AHT, we understand that hurricane preparedness is an ongoing journey.  Whether you’re considering new protection or maximizing the lifespan of your existing systems, we’re here to help:

  • Free, no-pressure risk assessments to identify potential weaknesses.
  • A full range of top-quality products to fit your needs and budget.
  • Expert installation and our Residential Service Plan to ensure your protection is always ready.

Don’t let myths compromise your safety.  Contact AHT for expert guidance and weather any storm with confidence!

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