Hurricane shutters can go a long way in protecting your home against strong wind and heavy rain. However, you can’t expect your shutters to provide top of the line protection without proper maintenance.
Schedule an Annual Inspection
At least once a year, have your hurricane shutters inspected by a professional. Not only are they skilled at pinpointing damage and defects, but they can also provide repairs on the spot.
Also, if your hurricane shutters are put to the test, don’t wait too long to call a professional to your home. Your shutters may have sustained storm damage that requires an immediate repair.
Be on the Lookout for Signs of Trouble
As a homeowner, there are several warning signs that your hurricane shutters require attention. Keep an eye out for the following:
- A broken motor or crank, making it difficult or impossible to operate your shutters
- Broken, dented, or cracked shutters
- A shutter that is broken beyond repair
It’s your hope that you never run into one of these issues, but your hurricane shutters could suffer damage at some point. If a repair is possible, this is the way to go. If not, opt for a complete replacement.
Clean Your Shutters
Just as you clean your home’s windows, you should do the same with your hurricane shutters. This is as simple as mixing together warm water and a mild detergent. You can then use a sponge to remove any buildup of mildew and/or debris.
Note: we offer cleaning services, which save you from tackling this task on your own. At the very least, we suggest a professional cleaning every two to four years.
Once you’re done cleaning your shutters, get into the habit of spraying the tracks with silicone. Doing this two to four times per year will keep your shutters in good operating condition.
If you live in Southwest Florida, it’s critical that your hurricane shutters are prepared to protect your home from the elements.
At Shutters 239, we have more than 35 years of experience in the hurricane protection industry.
If you have any questions or concerns about your shutters, contact us to schedule an appointment. We can visit your home, inspect your shutters, and provide you with a plan that suits you and your budget.