That last big storm may have left a few dents in your hurricane shutters. Or maybe your Accordion shutters are off the track.
Whatever the case, damaged or broken hurricane treatments aren’t providing your family or business with the protection you paid for and need this storm season.
Before you call a professional, there’s a few things you might be able to do yourself to fix the problem and to help ensure it doesn’t happen in the future. Let’s explore ways to properly repair and maintain your hurricane shutters:
Damaged Hurricane Shutters
If a hurricane just rolled through and you know some damage has been done, inspect them once the storm has safely passed. Most storm shutters have been specifically engineered to withstand most hurricane categories, and have been tested under rigorously simulations, like hurling bricks at them at insane speeds!
Because of this, your typical storm should not cause significant harm to your treatments; however, intense hurricanes that require evacuation may have damaged your hurricane shutters.
DIY vs. Professional Hurricane Shutter Repair
When your hurricane shutters are damaged, you put your family or business at risk not repairing or replacing them. In SWFL, storms can roll through rather unexpectedly and quickly, and it’s imperative that you take action, fast.
Let’s explore a few ways your shutters can be damaged and what’s best left to the experts:
- Cosmetic damage. A few cosmetic hailstone dings on your Accordion shutters, for instance, may be okay to leave as is— if they do not affect the structural integrity of the protection. If the damaged aesthetic bothers you, you will likely need to have them replaced, as they are made of such strong metal that your shutters often can’t be “hammered out” effectively without risking new damage to your track or adjoining hardware.
- Structural damage. Bahama shutters with a ripped off arm will likely be a different story than cosmetic markings, requiring a trained professional to reaffix or to even replace the entire fixture. Permanently mounted treatments like this are often placed at tall heights as well, making it risky for you to do the replacement yourself.
- Motor damage. Oftentimes Florida homeowners choose motorized window treatments to make opening and closing their storm protection easier than ever. Roll down shutters, for example, can be heavy and tedious to lift and are great treatments to motorized. A damaged motor isn’t the end of the world, as every system should come with a manual crank to fall back on. There’s a few things we’ll discuss below about motor maintenance, which may save you from having to replace or professionally repair this piece of equipment.
- Grime build-up. If your hurricane shutters haven’t been opened in a while, it’s possible mildew or other grime collected around your joints or hardware and is the source of your problem. Using a rag with mild soap and water, clean your shutters and hardware thoroughly. Even rust can sometimes be eliminated with a rust removing solution, however, aged hardware should absolutely be replaced with storm tested and hurricane compliant fixtures, as these keep your window treatments structurally secured.
- Jamming. It’s not uncommon for debris to get jammed between your track or between the shutter panels themselves, making it difficult to open or close your treatments. Inspect your storm shutters for any twigs or foreign objects, or use a handheld scraping device to remove any stubborn build-up. In many cases you can remove the obstacle yourself, but if you damaged your track or part of your shutters in the process, you may need to seek expert repair or replacement.
The Importance of Hurricane Shutter Maintenance
Oftentimes, it’s not the hurricane that causes damage to your storm shutters— it’s your lack of routine maintenance and care!
In another article, we discuss some ways to keep up with your shutters, such as opening and closing them every six months, lubricating your track and having them inspected annually. Learn more about keeping your hurricane shutters in excellent condition here. We also recommend power washing your windows and panels frequently, to prevent mold or grime from forming and affecting the integrity of your storm protection solutions.
If you have motorized shutters the importance of maintenance increases, as motors can corrode, parts can become loose and more. Read more about caring for your shutter’s motor here.
Call the Professionals
Not all shutter repairs are DIY projects. Sometimes you need to trust a set of professional hands to ensure your hurricane shutters are properly fixed or replaced.
Here at Storm Solutions, we repair and service all types, makes and models of storm shutters. We can also replace broken motors, corroded or damaged parts and more.
Explore our hurricane shutter services page or give us a call at (239) 288-0232 to get the courteous and timely help you need today.
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