Minimize hurricane damage with installation of: Accordion Storm Shutters, Hurricane Roll Shutters, Hurricane Shutter High-Rise Installation, Hurricane Storm Panel Shutters and Colonial & Bahama Aluminum Shutters in Tavernier, Monroe County, FL. Hurricanes and ferocious storms pass through South Florida every year. Because of this, you should protect your residential or commercial property with the right type of hurricane damage prevention windows and doors to protect against high velocity winds. If a window or door breaks, you run the risk of significant property damage, or even personal injury. Many buildings cannot withstand the pressure differences caused by strong winds.
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We can help you minimize damage related to hurricanes by the installation of:
• Hurricane Accordion Storm Shutters
• Hurricane Rolling Shutters
• Hurricane Roll Down Shutters
• Hurricane Roll Up Shutters
• Hurricane Shutter High-Rise Installation
• Storm Panel Hurricane Shutters
• Colonial and Bahama Aluminum Hurricane Shutters
Ask us about: Monroe County Windstorm Insurance Mitigation Credits: Opening Protection
Hurricane Accordion Storm Shutters
Accordion shutters are a permanently installed storm shutter system designed for both protection from the elements (such as hurricanes) and home / office security. They fold back to stack neatly next to the opening similar to a louvered door and are composed of one or two pieces. Accordion storm shutters are great for windows and doors, balconies, large patio openings, and commercial high-rise buildings.
Roll shutters are installed above an opening and are raised and lowered using an electronic motor. The system can also be activated manually by crank. When built into a new home, roll down shutters are virtually invisible. While in the closed position, they not only provide storm protection, but they also protect from forced entry and theft. When not in use, they store in an enclosed box located at the top of the opening.
Bahama Aluminum Shutters
Bahama hurricane shutters hinge at the top and have adjustable arms allowing the shutters to be positioned at various angles. If privacy and/or relief from the Florida sun is desired, Bahama shutters can be positioned within the window opening. During hurricanes and storms, simply lower the shutter into the vertical position and secure with locking pins. Bahama shutters are the premiere choice for windows on multi-story buildings because they can easily be locked from inside.
Colonial Aluminum Shutters
Colonial Shutters are similar to Bahama Shutters except they hinge on the sides as opposed to hinging at the top. To secure Colonial shutters for hurricanes, simply close each half of the shutter and secure with a horizontal storm bar. The storm bar fits into brackets that are permanently attached to the non-decorative side of the shutter and are secured with locking pins.
Steel, aluminum or polycarbonate storm panels attach to the walls around windows and doors on bolts or tracks. Storm panels are corrugated, and each piece overlaps the next for maximum strength. There are several styles of storm panels to choose from.
High Rise Installation near Tavernier, FL
We provide hurricane shutter installation for specialized high-rise buildings and condominiums. We realize that it benefits all parties involved to have a project completed in as short a timeline as possible without sacrificing quality installations.
Tavernier is a census-designated place in Monroe County, Florida, on Key Largo, the largest island in the upper Florida Keys. Tavernier’s population was 2,173 at the 2000 US Census. With the development of the railroad, the southern end of the island of Key Largo, composed then of the small communities of Planter and Lowesport, became known as “Tavernier.” Most maps before 1775 labeled Tavernier Key in Spanish as Cayo Tabona, which translates to “Horsefly,” or “Gadsfly” in English. Spanish letters relating to the recovery of the 1733 wrecks relate that they had to relocate their land camp from Cayo Tavona because of the horse flies. George Gauld made a map for the British Admiralty in 1775 and labeled it Cayo Tabona and Kay Tavernier. It was the only Key to which he gave two names. Gauld stated in his survey notes: “KAY TAVERNIER (or Cayo Tabano as it is called by the Spaniards) is a small island about 2 miles from the Southwest of Cayo Largo, and 5 leagues N.E. from Old Matecumbe.” Therefore, the place named Tavernier has been in print since 1775. Darlene Brown of the Miami Herald wrote in her article, Planter: A Village Founded and Destroyed by Sea’s Fury: “The famous pirate Jean Lafitte supposedly rested on Tavernier Key.” Tavernier appeared on the Florida East Coast Railway timetables in 1908. The Planter post office was discontinued in 1910 and the Tavernier post office opened on March 9, 1911. It was that era when the community of Tavernier was given its official name, probably by a combination of the railroad and post office, located near Tavernier Creek. The passage of the 1862 Federal Homestead Act and the surveying of the Upper Keys in the early 1870s made a lot of land available for public ownership. In 1865, William and Robert Albury left the Bahamas for the mainland and settled near the site of Planter across the water gap from Tavernier Island. The hurricane of 1909 hastened the demise of Planter. A pineapple blight also occurred and in October 1910 the Planter Post office closed, but Daniel Riley opened a Tavernier post office on March 9, 1911. The first real attempt to provide an Upper Keys community with the not-so-new invention of electricity was done by H. S. “Mac” McKenzie in Tavernier. At the age of 38 in 1928, Mac quit working as a Miami schoolteacher and moved with his wife Hazel to Tavernier. He became a partner with O. M. Woods in building petroleum storage tanks, a business he ended up owning. In the 1940s, Harry Harris and “Mac” McKenzie owned most of the property in the center of Tavernier. After the first Overseas Highway was opened in 1928 each community had one or more locations for guests to vacation. It is difficult to establish the exact opening date of the Driftwood Lodge, but it appears to be there on an aerial photograph taken in April 1935. In 1983, the Old Tavernier Town Association identified 59 structures on 75.8 acres for a proposed historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. The oldest house was the Rodney Albury house, which he had taken apart and moved by boat from Planter in 1919. This group was instrumental in preserving the 1928 Merlin Albury house and the 1936 Methodist Church building. Over protests from local citizens and a lawsuit, in 1988 US Homes Incorporated began construction of Planter’s Pointe condos. After considerable objections and a reduction of the number of units to be constructed, the name was changed to the Ocean Pointe condos that wiped the last traces of the early community of Planter. Key Largo FL is to the northeast. Islamorada FL is to the southwest.
Labor Day Hurricane of 1935
The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane was the strongest tropical storm of the 1935 Atlantic hurricane season, and the most intense hurricane to make landfall in the United States and the Atlantic Basin in recorded history. The Labor Day Hurricane was the first of three Category 5 hurricanes that made landfall in the United States during the 20th Century (the other two being 1969’s Hurricane Camille and 1992’s Hurricane Andrew). After forming as a weak tropical storm east of the Bahamas on August 29, it slowly proceeded westward and became a hurricane on September 1. As Labor Day approached, hurricane warnings went up over the Florida Keys. A train was dispatched from Miami to evacuate the Works Progress Administration (WPA) construction workers, consisting almost entirely of Bonus Army veterans and their families, from the ramshackle camps they were living in Windley Key and Lower Matecumbe Key. The train was almost entirely swept away before reaching the camps late on September 2. When it finally arrived in Upper Metecumbe Key only the engine survived the winds and wall of water that swept through the area. The hurricane struck the Upper Keys on Labor Day, Monday, September 2. The storm continued northwest along the Florida west coast, weakening before its second landfall near Cedar Key, Florida on September 4. The compact and intense hurricane caused extreme damage in the upper Florida Keys, as a storm surge of approximately 18 to 20 feet (5.5-6 meters) swept over the low-lying islands. The hurricane’s strong winds and the surge destroyed most of the buildings in the Islamorada area, and more than 200 World War I veterans housed in work camps were killed by the storm surge and flying debris. Portions of the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway were severely damaged or destroyed. The hurricane also caused additional damage in northwest Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. The hurricane killed more than 400 people, nearly all in the Florida Keys.
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Hurricane Management Group
Phone: (305) 330-5511
Contact Person: Michael Sorrell
Tavernier Hurricane Shutters (Accordion, Roll Storm Panels)