Security Shutter Maintenance Tips

Posted on: 3 October 2016

Whether you are trying to protect your home from crime or from bad weather conditions like hurricanes, security shutters can provide you peace of mind. These shutters are made to roll down over windows and doors so that they are protected from breakage. They are relatively common in storm-prone areas or on homes that are often left vacant, such as a vacation home. Proper maintenance is necessary, though, to ensure the shutters work well when you need them. The following tips can help you care for the shutters properly.

Tip #1: Test regularly

If you use the shutters less than once a month or so, then take the time to test them. This is as simple as opening and closing the shutters to make sure they are moving smoothly with no jams or sticking. Secure them fully when you test them as well, since you want to make sure that all parts of the shutters are working correctly. Finally test that the batteries are fully charged if you have automatic shutters.

Tip #2: Keep them clean

Blowing dirt combined with rain and moisture often leads to dirty shutters. This dirt can gum up the works so that the shutters don't work as smoothly as they should. After testing your shutters, close them and hose them down to rinse off the dust. If they are especially dirty, you can clean them with a mild soap and water solution. Allow the shutters to dry completely before opening them again.

Tip #3: Repair scratches promptly

If you notices scratches while cleaning, get a bit of touch-up paint and repair the scratch so rust doesn't form. If there is already some rust present, remove it by scrubbing gently with steel wool or a wire brush. Then, apply an outdoor paint that is formulated to stop the spread of rust.

Tip #4: Lubricate moving parts

Dirt and age can affect how smoothly your shutters operate. Lubrication is the best way to keep everything moving smoothly. You can use a garage door lubricant on shutters unless advised otherwise by the owner's manual. Lubrication points vary depending on your shutter style, but this information is also available in the owner's manual. Generally, you will need to lubricate any tracks, hinges, or other moving parts. You may also want to lubricate the locks with graphite or a lubricant made for use on locks and deadbolts.

If you have other questions about maintaining your security shutters, talk to a professional at Nevada Rolling Shutter Inc.

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