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Warning Signs of Water Intrusion in Accordion Shutters

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Oct 10, 2019 10:40:17 AM

The damage caused by water intrusion is unpredictable. When not installed properly, the exterior of your home, interior carpet, electrical wiring and many other aspects of your home or business are at risk. 

Our team at Storm Solutions has seen it all: from well-performed installations that simply need some maintenance and TLC, to horror-story installations that ruin flooring or cost thousands of dollars to replace soiled furniture and electronics. 

While your accordion storm shutters are intended to be waterproof, poor installation can allow for water to begin to intrude into your home or business. 

Learn more about the signs of water intrusion in accordion storm shutters to prevent leakage in your home or business.

Leaking Windows

What is Water Intrusion & What Causes It?

Water intrusion occurs whenever unwanted water enters your home or business from your accordion storm shutters or hurricane window

Depending on how badly the water is leaking into your home or business, you may have a small amount of water pooling behind your walls, which can remain unnoticed for a long period of time. Or, it could be more noticeable, like a small stream that is coming from below the window’s trim.

The most common reason water begins to enter the interior of your home or business is due to poor installation. If the accordion shutters were not properly sealed, it will not take long for water to begin to leak inside. 

Another common cause of water intrusion comes from poor quality products. Cheap materials and shutters do not provide long-term protection from water. Over time, the elements wear on the cheap parts and they eventually begins to allow water to build-up on the interior of the window.

Leak Window

What Are the Warning Signs of Water Intrusion?

If you suspect something is wrong with your home or business’ accordion storm shutters installation, pay attention to the following warning signs:

  • Your windows leak regularly when it rains. You may also notice leaking if your sprinkler hits your windows as well.

  • You see peeling paint on the exterior of your window. This can indicate moisture is seeping into the wooden frame.

  • You notice or are suspicious of rotting wood. This indicates water is not draining properly from the window. Or, it is possible that the water is not draining at all.

  • Moisture visibly builds up each and every night on the interior of the window. Certain weather conditions (cool, dewy mornings or excessive fog) can cause some condensation to naturally occur. However, water should not build up on a regular basis.

If you have noticed any of the aforementioned warning signs, schedule a visit with one of our professional technicians immediately so we can prevent further damage to your home or business.


How Do I Prevent Water Intrusion?

If you want to go with a DIY approach to preventing water intrusion, you can try one of the following solutions:

  • Replace aging windows with new ones
  • Replace wooden frames around your window
  • Replace the exterior caulk

Or, read our specific advice on repairing hurricane shutters and  preventing water damage in your hurricane windows here.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. One of the best ways to extend the performance and functionality of your hurricane products is to properly maintain them. Read more about hurricane shutter maintenance or purchase your windows from a provider who offers routine maintenance services.

While sometimes effective, the DIY approach does not guarantee your water intrusion problem will be properly fixed and prevented in the future. 


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Always Trust the Professionals

The simplest solution to preventing water intrusion in your accordion storm shutters is to have a professional installation, or for an expert to make the necessary repairs. 

These experts should be able to explain what caused the damage, the steps required to repair the damage and how to replace and install new accordion storm shutters properly. 

Once the process is complete, these experts will continue to stay up-to-date on the latest accordion shutter products in the industry to keep your home safe from water intrusion and hurricane-force winds. 

In the unlikely event that water starts to leak into your home or business, you’ll have someone at your fingertips for service, to determine what is causing the leak and prevent it from occurring in the future. 

Accordion Shutters from Storm Solutions

If our technician determines your accordion shutters need to be replaced with new ones, we work with the best brands in the industry to ensure the highest quality shutters are installed to protect your building.

When we install your accordion shutters, we use award-winning, compliant and trusted components from PGT, Plastpro, CGI, Therma Tru Doors, Origin, WinDoor and SIW to compliment our shutters. All products are proudly made in America, as we love to support our nation’s shutter suppliers, manufacturers and distributors.

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Installation & Service

When you turn to Storm Solutions, you will not have to worry about water intrusion in your accordion storm shutters. 

If you’ve had a different company install your shutters and you fear water is finding its way into your home, contact us today for a free estimate

We will identify the water intrusion source and expertly correct the issue before any additional damage occurs. And that’s a promise. 

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Topics: Accordian Shutters, Windows