Hurrican Shutters

Installing "Peace of Mind"

Maintaining Your Hurricane Shutters To Ensure Proper Function

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 12, 2013

Maintaining Your Hurricane Shutters To Ensure Proper FunctionMany people use hurricane shutters for protection against strong winds of 75 miles per hour and more, as they serve the only line of defense from flying debris and rain from a hurricane. It is important to continue bi-yearly maintenance on your hurricane shutters.

A few steps which can be completed to make sure your shutters are ready for hurricane season are:

  1. Open and close the hurricane shutters at least once every 6 months, agitating all moving parts.
  2. Apply a light lubricant like L.C. Wax from Protexall, to the vertical slats and all moving parts.
  3. Remove excessive dirt, and debris which can cause build up in the track system and not allow your hurricane shutters to function properly.

Contact a hurricane shutter company in your area to get a knowledgeable feedback and advise to make sure all your hurricane shutters are properly functioning.

You paid to have storm shutters for your home, but would you know what to do to install them quickly and efficiently if a storm were approaching?

South Florida shutter experts recommend doing a run through on at least a few of the windows in your home if you have the kind of shutters you attach by screws so you’ll be sure you can install them when the time comes. Source

You should have shutter panels stored in a dry space, have them marked so you know which go with each window and door opening, and have screws and nuts protected in a plastic bag. Make sure you have screwdrivers or drills capable of tightening bolts charged and ready to go, and always consider recruiting a neighbor or friend to help.

Purchasing shutters and having them professionally installed is only the first step. Planning, practice and a willingness to ask for help can go a long way, says Thomas Johnston, president of the International Hurricane Protection Association, a nonprofit that educates the public and government agencies about hurricane and windstorm protection products and policies.

“I am astounded that homeowners do not take hurricane preparedness and protection more seriously,” said Johnston, who also is director of research and development for Town & Country Industries, a wholesale distributor of aluminum and building products, including hurricane protection products. “Consumers often do not perform trial runs so they know how much time to allocate to installing their shutters. This takes longer to install than you think, but a lot of people think, ‘We’ll just slide them in and screw them. That should only take a few minutes per opening.’ Wrong.”

Key tips to keep in mind before the next major storm arrives:

Safety is rule No. 1: Shutter slats are deceptively dangerous. Most are made of aluminum and have sharp edges. Wear heavy gloves, closed-toe shoes and long pants to reduce the possibility of the metal cutting your skin. And never carry more than one panel at a time. The panels have ridges and it is tempting to stack a few together and try to carry them all at once. “But one could slip out and fall, cutting your leg or foot badly,” Johnston said. When Hurricane Frances struck in 2004, doctors in Palm Beach and Broward counties said the most common injuries were cuts and bruises sustained by people trying to put up hurricane shutters and plywood.

Panels may vary from one manufacturer to another. Sometimes one flange (where the holes are for the screws or wingnuts) is wider than another. The narrower flange goes on the left if you go left to right. Some panels will have an arrow or the word “Up” printed in them. Make sure they all go on the same way. Read any instructions that came with the shutters carefully. If lost, contact the manufacturer or dealer. Many shutters have 12-inch hole patterns for the screws, but you also may see holes spaced six inches apart so that you can overlap them at the end if that fits your opening better. When installed properly, all panels should overlap. Lubricate all hardware with a wax or similar products found at your

Make time to do the job right: Every homeowner should do a dry run every year or two, ideally installing shutters panels on each window and door opening to make sure you know how long the job takes and that you have the right accessories (bolts, screws, drill bits). A number of things typically happen. Anchors that are not lubricated and maintained can freeze up.

Do not panic: Stress reduces common sense. Johnston says he can’t count the stories he’s heard of owners who have two-story homes but no ladder to reach second-floor windows. Purchase a ladder now, or make arrangements with a neighbor or friend to borrow one at time of need. Avoid improvising (standing on tables or stacked chairs, for instance).

Get a hurricane buddy. If you team up with one or two other homeowners, you can help each other install panels at each home until the jobs are done. You’ll get done faster and can share tools and tips. If you run out of time, stay at the home that is shuttered completely until the storm passes.

Hurricane Protection From Cat 5 Shutters

Cat 5 ShuttersCat 5 Shutters LLC offer the finest and strongest hurricane shutters and storm protection on the market. All of our hurricane shutters are tested and approved by Miami-Dade County and the Florida building code (High velocity Hurricane Zone) which will guarantee the purchaser the highest level of “Peace of Mind” during a hurricane disaster. We manufacture a wide varity of hurricane shutters; Accordion Hurricane Shutters, Bahamas Hurricane Shutters, Colonial Hurricane Shutters, Roll Down Hurricane Shutters, Storm Hurricane Panels, Stainless Steel Hurricane Screens, and Roll Down Screens. Keeping Floridians safe against hurricanes, storms, intruders and the suns rays based out of West Palm Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County).

We invite you to contact us today for more information, and discover the secret to enjoying unprecedented storm protection and “peace-of-mind” for many years to come!

Distributed by Viestly

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