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How do I Know When my Hurricane Shutters Need to be Replaced?

Knowing when to replace hurricane shutters is crucial for maintaining the safety and integrity of your home during a storm. Here are some signs and factors to consider that indicate it might be time to replace your hurricane shutters:

  • Visible Damage: Any signs of corrosion, rust, cracks, warping, or holes in your shutters can compromise their integrity. Aluminum shutters might corrode, especially in salty coastal environments, while wooden shutters can rot or warp.
  • Difficulty in Operation: Shutters that are hard to open, close, or lock might fail when you need them most. Smooth operation is crucial for quickly securing your home as a storm approaches.
  • Wear and Tear from Use: Over time, the mechanisms that operate shutters (like rollers, tracks, and hinges) can wear out. If these components are not easily replaceable or if repairs don’t restore smooth operation, it might be time for a replacement.
  • Outdated Technology: Advances in materials and design may mean that your older shutters no longer meet the current building codes or standards for hurricane protection. Newer models might offer better protection, easier operation, or both.
  • Poor Fit: Changes to your home, such as new windows or additions, might render existing shutters less effective or ill-fitting. Proper coverage is essential for protection, so any mismatch in size could necessitate replacement.
  • Inadequate Protection Level: If your shutters were designed for lower wind speeds and you’re now in a higher-risk area due to revised storm prediction models or changes in local building codes, upgrading to a stronger, more resistant model might be necessary.
  • Sealant or Gasket Deterioration: For shutters designed to seal tightly against the window frame, check the condition of any rubber seals or gaskets. These materials can degrade over time, reducing the shutters’ effectiveness against water intrusion.
  • Frequent Repairs: If you find yourself constantly repairing your shutters, it might be more cost-effective in the long run to invest in new shutters that will require less maintenance.
  • Aesthetic Concerns: While safety is the primary function of hurricane shutters, aesthetics matter too. If your shutters look outdated or significantly detract from your home’s appearance, newer options might offer better aesthetics without compromising on protection.

If you’re unsure about the condition of your shutters or whether they need replacing, it’s a good idea to have them inspected by a professional like Alufab. We can assess the integrity of the shutters, offer maintenance tips, or recommend replacement options that meet current standards for hurricane protection. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your shutters, but recognizing when replacement is necessary is key to ensuring your home remains safe during a storm.


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