WE SUPPLY AND INSTALL HIGH-QUALITY HURRICANE SHUTTERS, SCREEN ENCLOSURES, AND Aluminum Patio Covers.
You might be prepared for a hurricane, but is your home? At R&D Aluminum, we know how important it is to protect your assets. We’re Broward County’s source for professional installation of high-quality hurricane shutters, screen enclosures, and aluminum patio roof covers to help keep your property safe during a hurricane and make your outdoor area more enjoyable.
Atlantic hurricanes have increased in intensity over the years, causing upwards of $54 billion in damages every year. Accordion Shutters, Storm Panels and bahama shutters help protect your property from damaging winds, debris, and torrential rain. All of our materials meet or exceed Broward County’s building codes, withstanding 170 mph hurricane-force winds (such as during a Category 5 hurricane) as well as impact from flying debris.
Looking for the best hurricane protection at the best cost? You’ve found it. Our aluminum storm panels are available multiple thicknesses (including 0.050” and 0.063”) and they meet the toughest building codes for hurricane protection in Broward County.
Aluminum storm panels can be installed either on a track system, or directly to the wall with the use of concrete anchors and stainless steel screws. The panels are removable, and can be easily stored in your garage or shed when not in use. The track system is available in white or bronze finish to blend in with your home, although the panels are only available in silver/mill finish.
Our Accordion Shutters are low-maintenance, user-friendly, cost-effective, and—most importantly—they keep your home protected during a hurricane. Flying debris can easily break a window, leaving you at risk of water damage from heavy rainfall and high winds.
Our classic accordion-style shutters stack on each side of your window. The self-mating vertical slats meet together in the middle and lock with a key or push-in button for added security. Accordion-style shutters are ideal for windows of any width, and the stainless steel roller-carriage system allows for effortless opening and closing. Save hours of unwanted stress and labor in preparation in the event of an approaching hurricane! Available in white, bronze, ivory, or beige.
For those property owners who prefer an island vibe, the Bahama-style shutters are a great decorative option. While providing privacy to your windows, our Heavy Duty Hurricane Approved Bahama Style Shutters are the answer.
Our eyewall Armor full view Bahama shutters have articulate blades or slats so they can be easily adjusted from fully closed to wide open to allow as much light or privacy as needed while also being able to fold down for hurricane protection. Available in White, Bronze, Hunter Green, Slate Grey and more, or can be powder-coated to any custom color for an additional cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the best way to measure my windows for shutters?
We’re proud to provide an estimate via phone or email, but we need some measurements first! Measure the opening of your window or door from the outside of your home, if possible. Provide the width first, and height last—for example, 75”w x 51”h.
What is the cost of hurricane-rated shutters?
The cost of hurricane shutters is directly related to the amount of protection you need and the grade of the products you’re looking for. You should also take into account the peace of mind you’ll receive knowing your property is protected—and the potential reduction to your insurance premium. We will help you determine the best products for your needs, including the most cost-effective installation based on your property needs. Different situations require different strategies, but we have the experience and expertise to get you the right amount of protection for the best price.
How do I know if I have enough hurricane protection?
Many homeowners assume they have enough protection, but the reality is that not many actually do. Consider the following questions, and give us a call if it’s time to upgrade your property.
- How long does it take to put up or close your current hurricane shutters, and prepare your property for a hurricane?
- How old are your hurricane shutters? Do they meet current codes? This may impact your eligibility for an insurance claim.
- Do your shutters fit, or are you spending valuable time trying to “force” them to fit? Are they easy to put up on your own, or do you need help?
- Do you have the correct hardware? Is anything missing/damaged?
How much protection do storm shutters provide?
The most recent standard, ASCE/SEI 7–10, increases the wind-load to 170–175 mph and adds a positive and negative pressure load test as well as an impact test. These new standards are much more stringent to satisfy, but provide a demonstrated degree of protection. These are the current standards required for all counties in Florida.
Do hurricane shutters require additional maintenance?
Yes! Whether it’s lubricating or cleaning the tracks, or trimming any nearby trees or shrubs, shutters require regular maintenance which should be done during the off-season—ideally in April or May. You should also give your shutters a light pressure-cleaning every few years.
When is the best time of year to purchase hurricane shutters?
Before a hurricane hits! To avoid increased costs and longer wait times, consider purchasing your shutters during the off-season (December–May). You don’t want to be caught in a hurricane without proper protection!
Roof Systems & Screen Enclosures
Aluminum Sunshade Awnings
Get the perfect level of sun or shade with easy-to-adjust support poles, or fold it down all the way and anchor it to the wall for a small amount of protection from hurricane winds. These awnings are designed for sunshade and do not meet Broward County’s building codes for hurricane protection.
Aluminum Roof Systems & Patio Covers
An aluminum roof system or patio cover is a stunning, affordable addition to your home. Boost your curb appeal, increase resale value, and enjoy protection from the elements—and the hot Florida sun—all year long. Entertain guests, give your children a shady place to play outdoors, and improve your home’s energy-efficiency.
Our aluminum roof systems will not rust or rot, giving you maximum longevity at a great value. Our roof systems are available in a variety of styles—including an insulated roof system, pan roof (non-insulated), or an open style ideal for carports and patios with no screens. The all-aluminum framing comes in either a white or bronze finish to add style, while gutters and downspouts ensure proper drainage. Customize your roof with internal or external fan beams for added luxury.
Insulated elite roof panels are 3”, 4”, or 6” thick. Aluminum pan roof is 0.032” thick.
Enjoy the great outdoors all year long in the safety, comfort and security of a screen room from R&D Aluminum! Our screen rooms include a solid aluminum roof for added shade and protection from the elements. Add value to your property and eliminate pesky mosquitoes and other insects!
Our screen enclosures can be integrated with our roof systems for additional protection. And if you already have an existing structure, we can build and mount screen walls underneath it for you. Choose from white or bronze all-aluminum framing to match your home’s style. Our screen enclosures include a heavy-duty screen door, and can be customized with a variety of optional add-ons including a 24” or 36” kickplate, internal or external fan beams, or insect screening.
Tired of rainwater pooling on your pool deck or patio? We’ve got the solution! Our 7″ aluminum super gutter system collects and diverts rainwater away from your house roof and into your yard, preventing excess erosion and rot.
The super gutter system comes in your choice of a white or bronze finish, and can be installed on an existing pool/screen enclosure to your fascia boards and pool deck.
At R&D Aluminum, we’re proud to provide property owners with innovative, functional solutions. Our products are durable, affordable, and professionally installed for your peace of mind.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to clean my screen enclosure?
Use a standard garden hose, and a bucket of soapy water. We do not recommend using a pressure washer—the high pressure could damage the screen.
How long does a screen enclosure last?
R&D Aluminum offers a 10-year warranty, and properly maintained enclosures can last 15 years or more! To reduce wear and tear, pet owners are advised to upgrade to heavy-duty pet-resistant screens.
Are screen enclosures covered by insurance?
It depends on your coverage. Some insurance carriers do extend their coverage to screen enclosures, so check with your advisor.
What maintenance should be done for my aluminum porch/patio roof?
Most roof systems have gutters that should be cleaned periodically for proper drainage, especially if there are overhanging trees or shrubs. Consider trimming back any overhanging branches to reduce the build-up of leaves and prevent potential damage.
Do aluminum and metal roofs interfere with satellite reception?
Yes. Any metal or aluminum products that are between a satellite dish and the direction of the satellite will cause interference. Consider mounting your dish in a different location for optimum reception.
Are aluminum roofs noisy?
Our insulated aluminum roofs are substantially lower in noise than non-insulated metal or aluminum.
How long will an aluminum roof last?
When properly maintained, aluminum roofs can last 10 years or more. To ensure the longevity of your roof, keep it free from debris and clean the gutters on a regular basis.
What are super gutters?
Super gutters are heavy-duty gutters that are attached between a primary structure and the attached enclosure, such as a screen room or pool enclosure.