From Cape Coral to Marco Island, southwest Florida is a Gulf coast paradise. But every paradise can turn not so pleasant. In southwest Florida, residents have to worry about protecting property from southwest Florida’s climate extremes.
Heat, humidity, salt air, rain and intense storms can take a toll on property. And when it comes to hurricane protection you need to make sure that your property is ready to perform. That’s why we want to give you the know-how to maintain your accordion storm shutters. The last thing you want to do is deal with jammed or rusted storm shutter joints when a storm is heading this way.
To best protect your accordion shutter investment and keep them in working order, follow these simple preventative maintenance procedures.
Step 1 - Test
Be sure to open and close your shutters a least once a month. This will help keep the tracks moving smoothly and clear of debris. If you are a seasonal resident, it might be a good idea to ask a neighbor or home maintenance technician to help you.
Step 2 - Clean
Clean The Tracks. Try to wash your shutter tracks regularly. Inspect them for dirt buildup, tree debris, insect nests and other muck that may cause problems when opening and closing your Accordion Shutters.
Step 3 - Track Maintenance
Track Lubrication. The salt air can play havoc on Accordion Shutter tracks. Use a silicone spray lubricant like Permatex Superlube to keep the moving elements gliding smoothly through the tracks. Do NOT use WD-40 or oil lubricants, salt and dirt will build up faster and speed up corrosion.
Step 4 - Locking Pin Lubrication
Lubricate the thumbscrews. Storm Solutions recommends lubricating the thumbscrews so that you can easily remove the locking pins. Again, do NOT use WD-40 or any oily lubricant.
Step 5 - Prolong Life
Wash the slats twice a year. The other main moving element of your Accordion Shutters are the slats or “ribs” of your shutters. These are the strong panels that fold open to protect your windows. Wash these slats twice a year with warm water, soap and a soft brush. Make sure you do this while the shutters are both in the open and closed position.
Your Accordion Shutters are large, strong, metal instruments that keep your home protected against hurricanes and strong storms. Keeping them working to the best of their ability is a great way to prolong the life of your home protection investment. If you have any questions about Accordion Shutters or any other hurricane protection products, Storm Solutions is the solution.