Nova Scotia has been described as Canada’s ocean playground, and the sea is a major factor in Nova Scotia’s economy and her climate. Almost surrounded by the ocean, sailing has always been a significant part of the economy. In fact, Nova Scotia became a world leader in both building and owning wooden sailing ships in the second half of the 20th century. Nova Scotia’s cold winters and warm summer climate is softened by the nearness of the ocean, providing a more temperate climate than you would think. Travel and tourism in Nova Scotia is also very much a part of the economy, because the beautiful coastline and wooded countryside draw in travelers. There are millions of dollars in revenue collected each year from tourism.
The closeness of the ocean also means that they are always in danger of hurricanes and tropical storms. Recently, in fact, Tropical Storm Earl hit the coastline there. The storm reached the eastern Canadian coast, after a rapid acceleration, and had maximum sustained winds over 111 km/hr. More than 70,000 people reported power outages, and there was significant flooding and wind damage.
There are things that you can do to protect your home, however, and storm shutters are one of those things. Smart homeowners along the coast have put storm shutters on their windows and doors. Hurricane shutters can be custom made to fit any window opening, reducing draft and increasing [protection against the storm. When a tropical storm or hurricane hits, windows and doors shatter often, and hurricane shutters protect your home from this damage. There may be pressure build up inside your home during storms, causing your roof to blow off and even your walls to collapse. Pressure changes during a hurricane can tear your home apart in an instant.
There are many types of storm shutters you can add to your home, and the cost is low compared to the repairs you will pay for if you don’t install them. Also, most insurance companies will give you a break on your insurance if you install shutters, reducing the cost of installation even further.
Storm shutters stay up year-round, reducing the time needed to hurricane-proof your home.
- Bahama shutters fasten at the top and are very much used in tropical areas. They add island flair to your home.
- Colonial shutters add a little old-world Southern style and are a very popular type. They are built of two sections.
- Accordion shutters are a popular style, and are relatively inexpensive. The shutters fold out accordion-style (hence the name) and are fastened to a housing on the window when closed.
- Roll-down shutters are the most convenient type of storm shutter. One touch of a button and they roll down and cover your windows, and you can make your entire home storm-ready in minutes. They also come with a manual option in case of power outages.
No matter what type of hurricane shutters you use, if you live in Nova Scotia they are a useful and practical addition to your house. Smart homeowners install them to protect their homes and property from damage.