As you can guess from our name, we at Port City Hurricane Shutters know just about all there is to know about storm shutters, and that includes how to take care of them. If you are looking for advice on how to keep your storm shutters in good condition, keep reading to get three shutter maintenance tips. This article will focus on accordion shutters, but our team is happy to help you troubleshoot any problems you may have with other varieties.
- Clean the Tracks. The first step for proper shutter maintenance is to keep the tracks clean. Check regularly for things like dirt buildup, salt damage, insect nests, etc., and clear any such debris out of your shutter tracks as soon as you can. This can be accomplished with a blower, or shop vacuum.
- Lubricate the Tracks. In addition to keeping your tracks clean, you should also lubricate them regularly as part of your shutter maintenance routine–we recommend doing so at least twice a year. If you don’t lubricate your shutter tracks on a regular basis, you are likely to find that your shutters have become stuck fast in place–and moreover, in our experience, you are likely to find this out just as a storm is on its way.
- Open and Close Your Shutters. Finally, it’s important to operate your shutters regularly to make sure that they can still move as they are supposed to. We recommend that you open and close your shutters at least a couple of times every month in order to keep the hinge mechanisms working smoothly and prevent them from getting stuck.