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Old 10-02-2019, 06:53 AM
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Has anyone here ordered this type of shutter factory direct and done the install yourself? I'm contemplating this as opposed to going the traditional route. Some have warned that warranty would be void if done DIY. This is NOT the case with all manufacturers though.

What I'd like to know is, how difficult is it to hang these things? My application is sliding doors, all accessible from decks (obviously), so no ladders or balancing acts. The sliders are all impact glass but all of them take on wind driven water, this was a huge problem for us with Florence.

The materials cost of this stuff is absurd. Looking to save on labor, and it just doesn't look like it'd be that difficult to tackle on my own.

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just like hanging a roll up shop door! very easy to do! i installed my 12 x 12 roll up shop door by myself from start to finish in about 3 hours! smaller set ups would be alot faster and not as heavy lifting!
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just like hanging a roll up shop door! very easy to do! i installed my 12 x 12 roll up shop door by myself from start to finish in about 3 hours! smaller set ups would be alot faster and not as heavy lifting!
That's pretty much what I'm thinking! I figure the first one will be the toughest but once that learning curve is navigated, the rest should go quicker and easier. I will have an extra set of hands to help as well. Thanks.
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Not counting how that looks hanging there all the time, nor washing/dusting it to keep bird droppings off, nor even the cost of a roll-up...Lucite panels use very slim attaching pieces, can be translucent or clear(very neat when watching the storm, and very important if the power goes out and you run out of candles) and can be stored easily and out of sight. Oh, and a lot cheaper and a lot easier to install.
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what about the kevelar fabrics
Old 10-02-2019, 07:24 AM
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We are about to sign a contract for 4 roll down hurricane fabric screens ( installed by seller)(we are awaiting HOA approval). they are certified for dade county hurricane protection......... and I will be able to also use them for shade etc. they will enclose my lanai with the largest opening being 13.5 ft wide by 11 feet high.

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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
Not counting how that looks hanging there all the time, nor washing/dusting it to keep bird droppings off, nor even the cost of a roll-up...Lucite panels use very slim attaching pieces, can be translucent or clear(very neat when watching the storm, and very important if the power goes out and you run out of candles) and can be stored easily and out of sight. Oh, and a lot cheaper and a lot easier to install.
old neighbor had them. once painted to match the house, you really didnt notice them! hers were all electric motors. when a storm came, she literally pushed a button and was done. the entire house locked down in about 5 minutes! it was pretty sweet!
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old neighbor had them. once painted to match the house, you really didnt notice them! hers were all electric motors. when a storm came, she literally pushed a button and was done. the entire house locked down in about 5 minutes! it was pretty sweet!
We weren't as lucky since we had 44 openings to cover between doors and windows. Panels were 16" wide and were screwed in place. The bolt part was part of the attaching hardware, and the nut was SS wing nut/washer.

Took a few hours to install, but the panels were small enough that they didn't blow around. I built catwalks around the house so I didn't have to use ladders. Factory was in Mobile, I think all the parts were less than $1,000, but that was almost 20 years ago.
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I used to be an installer and supervisor for a large hurricane shutter company in South Florida. While I think it’s possible for a reasonably handy person to install roll up shutters, it’s not a simple process.

If if your opening are wider than approximately 6 feet, you will need a helper to hold things in place while you get the first few screws started. Compared to accordion, Bahamas style and colonial shutters, rolling are the least tolerant of poor alignment. Your jambs must be plumb and parallel to each other or the door will bind.

An additional consideration is permitting and inspection. I’m not sure of the rules in your area, but in south Florida you would need to pull permits and pass an inspection from the county or city. Many insurance companies will not give you credit for wind mitigation unless the shutters passed an inspection.
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Originally Posted by Overbaited View Post
I used to be an installer and supervisor for a large hurricane shutter company in South Florida. While I think itís possible for a reasonably handy person to install roll up shutters, itís not a simple process.

If if your opening are wider than approximately 6 feet, you will need a helper to hold things in place while you get the first few screws started. Compared to accordion, Bahamas style and colonial shutters, rolling are the least tolerant of poor alignment. Your jambs must be plumb and parallel to each other or the door will bind.

An additional consideration is permitting and inspection. Iím not sure of the rules in your area, but in south Florida you would need to pull permits and pass an inspection from the county or city. Many insurance companies will not give you credit for wind mitigation unless the shutters passed an inspection.
This is great info, have not considered permitting so I'll have to look into that end of things. The ONLY reason I am considering adding these is to prevent, or mitigate, water intrusion at the sliding doors, all of which have the propensity to take on water during extended periods of wind driven rains (all sliding doors are impact glass). The tray at the base of the doors is supposed to allow water to escape but does so inefficiently and to slowly to keep up with the rate at which it builds up. The trays overflow into the house, get under and on the wood floors. This sums up our primary house damage from Florence. Adding shutter of some type should prevent the rain from getting to the doors, or most of it anyway. There are many options out there including simple plywood sheets, accordion shutters, and roll down shutters. I'm not sure the fabrics would serve the same purpose, I need to look into those to see what their water deflection capability is all about.

Despite the expense, I like the Roll Down option best so far because I don't have to store them anywhere, while there is some bulk to them it is above the door and not on either side which I don't have space for in a few of the locations. Thanks for posting, I appreciate the insight provided!
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Can the slider trays be modified to drain water more efficiently?
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
Can the slider trays be modified to drain water more efficiently?
The builder and I met with the window manufacturer rep following Florence to discuss this very thought. Upon closer examination there were slight manufacturing issues with the "wicking tracks" in the door trays. Modifications to those have been made. It's a tricky thing to make mods that do not open the tracks so much so that insects can enter through them and also that they do not create problems with heated/cooled air escaping and exterior air from entering. Since the changes were made there have been no issues. That said, we have also not had conditions similar to those of Florence. While Dorian brought plenty of rains, they were short lived. Another facet of the issues with Florence was the duration of both wind and rain. While the tracks did require modification, another theory that seems credible is that along with the buildup of water in the trays, winds blowing at the house could also have caused the water to stack up in the tracks that were sufficient enough to allow its escape. Testing as well as real conditions seem to show that the water can now escape "well enough" but I still feel that the added insurance of additional protection is worth the cost and believe based on what we know to have happened that the Roll Down shutters offer the best options and defenses against the wind and water combination.
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Originally Posted by Overbaited View Post
I used to be an installer and supervisor for a large hurricane shutter company in South Florida. While I think itís possible for a reasonably handy person to install roll up shutters, itís not a simple process.

If if your opening are wider than approximately 6 feet, you will need a helper to hold things in place while you get the first few screws started. Compared to accordion, Bahamas style and colonial shutters, rolling are the least tolerant of poor alignment. Your jambs must be plumb and parallel to each other or the door will bind.

An additional consideration is permitting and inspection. Iím not sure of the rules in your area, but in south Florida you would need to pull permits and pass an inspection from the county or city. Many insurance companies will not give you credit for wind mitigation unless the shutters passed an inspection.
newer ones are very simple! mount the brackets and tracks, then set drum on the brackets and bolt down!
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
newer ones are very simple! mount the brackets and tracks, then set drum on the brackets and bolt down!
This is what I've been told exactly. Three pieces - 2 tracks (left and right) and the drum above. Not planning to do electric nor the interior manual control.
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Check local codes. In Martin County Florida we had to have a permit with an inspection after installation and our insurance company wanted a copy of the report so we could get the discount.

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