Hurricane Shutters in Historic Galveston, Texas

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Galveston is a city located on Galveston Island, about 50 miles south of Houston. The city has 32 miles of beaches on the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, and has a mostly tourism-based economy.

Galveston is an old city, and it is full of history. There are six historic districts, and more than 60 buildings there are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Strand National Historic Landmark District is a five block area mainly subsisting of Victorian era buildings that now function as restaurants, antique stores, historical exhibits, and art galleries. Locally known as the ‘Strand’, the area is a major tourist attraction, and most of the island’s shopping and entertainment are found there.

In 1900, the island was struck by a devastating hurricane, and the storm is still the deadliest natural disaster in American history. Despite Hurricane Katrina’s raving of New Orleans, this storm was still deadlier. It is estimated that six to eight thousand people were killed during and after the storm. In the aftermath, the city constructed a ten mile long, seventeen foot high seawall to protect the city. The city also raised its elevation to protect it from flooding.

Hurricanes are still a very real threat there, despite the seawall and raised elevation. The shoreline of the bay is still often in danger from storm surge during tropical storms and hurricanes. Galveston is a gorgeous city to live in or own a vacation home in, and with a little storm preparedness, your home can be protected from the storm.

Retrofitting your home with hurricane shutters provides maximum protection from the storms that often hit Galveston during hurricane season. Even if you are worried about matching hurricane shutters to your period home, some can be added that don’t ruin the historical accuracy of your home. Colonial shutters are very much of that period, and can give your home an older look, yet still protect your home.

If you have a home in Galveston that was built more recently than Victorian times, there are many other types of hurricane shutters to choose from. Accordion shutters, roll-down shutters, or Bahama shutters all protect your home, and they each have their own charms. They come in a wide range of styles, sizes and colors. All shutters are impact missile tested, and are made to withstand winds of more than 150 miles per hour. Bahama shutters are a particular favorite on the island, as they also provide the added benefit of shade and protection from the sun. They allow light and air in and get rid of the need for window blinds.

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