Congratulations on your new accordion shutters! You’ve taken a big step towards protecting your home and family against hurricanes and other tropical weather systems. In Florida, having a plan to protect your home against tropical weather is vital, and accordion shutters are a fantastic option to give you peace of mind as the next hurricane season rolls in.
But let’s dive into what to do immediately after installing your new shutters.
1. Get familiar with the accordion shutter mechanism
Nothing is more stressful than a hurricane warning on your phone as you deploy your hurricane protection, only to discover that your accordion shutters are stuck, or you don’t know how to close your shutters properly!
We always recommend all of our customers who’ve received accordion shutters try to do a dry run of deploying their hurricane protection within the first week of ownership. Accordion shutter deployment dry-runs are recommended for a few reasons:
Identify material or accordion shutter quality problems early after getting accordion shutters
Suppose something goes wrong during a test run of closing (and opening) your accordion shutters. In that case, you can promptly get help from your manufacturer. Suppose you wait to test-deploy your accordion shutters until an actual emergency, and you run into problems. In that case, getting assistance may be more complicated or even impossible before a storm lands.
Some of the more common issues that pop up during accordion shutter installation are:
- Improperly keyed accordion shutters (your key does not work on your shutter)
- Obstructed or under-lubricated track (your shutter does not slide all the way closed)
- Stuck lock
After you get accordion shutters, get comfortable opening & closing them
Sometimes, your shutters may be stubborn or be placed in inconvenient spots to reach. Doing a dry run first lets you learn the tips and tricks to close your accordion shutters of all sizes and locations.
For example, you may have shutters with locks on the inside of your window on your second floor so that they can be closed and locked from inside your home. If you are short or have large windows, you may need to use a clothes hangar to grab onto your accordion shutter tracks to pull the shutter towards you to lock the shutter.
If you have a fixed window on the second story of your home, you may need to hop on a ladder to close your shutter. Knowing the location of your ladder and running a dry run of closing your shutter will help you feel confident when an emergency arises. Also, if you cannot climb a ladder to your second story, you may purchase impact windows for that opening instead so you can remain protected during a storm without the added hassle.
If you’re having trouble with your accordion shutters, don’t worry; we have a whole article on dealing with stubborn accordion shutters here.
2. Review your warranty before and after getting accordion shutters
Be familiar with your manufacturer’s promises so you know which potential problems are covered under your warranty. Warranty procedures and policies can change over time, so always ensure you have a hard copy of the warranty your manufacturer promised you at the time of purchase.
We have one of the most comprehensive warranty programs in the hurricane protection industry. You can review our current warranty at any time at this link.
3. Have a plan for accordion shutter maintenance
Hurricane shutter maintenance is an integral part of accordion shutter ownership. Your shutters are metal moving parts, and while most accordion shutters are powder coated and built to weather the elements, they can still develop problems over time, such as;
- Rusting and oxidation
- Track obstructions
- Lubricant evaporation
Most manufacturers recommend that you visually inspect your accordion shutters every 6-12 months and try to close the shutter, lock the shutter, and then open the shutter to check for any impairments in function. Most manufacturers highly recommend cleaning and relubricating your shutter before hurricane season starts.
4. Have a plan for deploying your hurricane protection
Make sure to deploy your accordion shutters whenever a tropical system is projected to impact your area; sooner is always better. We usually recommend that our customers install their protection at or before a tropical storm or hurricane watch is issued for their area.
Here are a few reasons why it’s always to follow these tips after getting accordion shutters
- You can spot potential problems early and have time to have them resolved.
- It can be hard to get accordion shutter service under a tropical storm warning as most accordion shutter manufacturers and maintenance companies will not be at work or will be too busy with other last-minute requests.
- It’s always less stressful to be prepared than to rush your accordion shutter deployment right before a storm.
- Suppose you do not deploy your accordion shutters while you receive a premium reduction from your homeowner’s insurance company for having hurricane protection. In that case, your insurance company can reject any claims for damage caused by the storm.
Congratulations on your new accordion shutters, and stay safe, South Florida!
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