How to Maintain Hurricane Shutters

Hurricane shutter maintenance

Are you thinking of getting hurricane shutters for your home? That’s a smart move. A home that has professionally installed hurricane shutters is safe, has a better resale value, and may be eligible for lower priced home insurance. You also have the advantage of being ready for hurricane season every day of the year. It’s really to your benefit to have them. Here’s a few reasons why shutters are important and how to properly maintain them.

Hurricane shutters are stronger and safer than plywood. You can’t realistically believe that a piece of plywood will protect your home the same way hurricane storm shutters will. If the winds are strong, a piece of plywood will easily be peeled away. After all, it’s only nailed in and the material itself is very light when you compare to a hurricane shutter. Another thing is it takes a long time to nail plywood in place. You may have to do ten nails per window. That adds up if you have ten windows. It can take hours to get that kind of job done. Also, if you don’t already have plywood you’re going to have to go to the store and buy it. Guess what, everyone who doesn’t have shutters will be there and it won’t be pretty. You’ll have to wait in a very long line full of unhappy people. It certainly won’t be a treat of any kind. You also won’t walk away without spending a decent amount of money. Depending on the size of your windows, you may need two pieces of plywood per window. That price is going to add up quick. Plus you’ll need to buy the nails, and any tools that you don’t already have to get the plywood up. That may include a saw, because they won’t cut it for you in the middle of a hurricane. So, every time a hurricane comes, you’ll need more nails and more plywood and it’ll take a very long time to get your task accomplished when you figure in shopping time, drive time, and the time it takes to get the wood up. When you have professional hurricane storm shutters, you pay once, and they’re up It’s a much better story. Sure you pay more, but you’re much better off this way. It’s a one and done situation.

Maintaining your hurricane shutters is very important, yet very easy. Once a month you’re going to do a visual inspection for any damage or rust. After that, open and shut them to keep the working parts in good repair and remove any accumulated debris from the tracks. Once you’re done with that, clean the tracks. Remove the dirt and debris with a damp washcloth. You can then use a silicone spray lubricant on the tracks and screws. When you’re done with that, give the shutters themselves a good wash down. If you don’t have the time to do this yourself, you can always call your local storm shutter installer to do it for you.