Regular maintenance keeps small problems from turning into big ones
Like any other mechanical moving device, the shutters need regular maintenance to maintain maximum performance. Shutter problems usually start out small and if they go unnoticed can eventually lead to binding, damaged parts, track issues, and motor issues. A little preventive maintenance can add years of life to your storm shutters.
Gulf Coast Shutter have come up with a simple and cost-effective maintenance agreement to assure your commercial door gets its required maintenance. Choose the annual maintenance plan that best suits you.
Shutter maintenance tune-up consists of
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- Rolling Shutters
- Accordion Shutters
- Bahama & Colonial Shutters
- Clear Storm Panels
- Metal Storm Panels
- Storm Screens
Spray down deployment hood (“can”) at top of system but do not spray inside of can. If you have electric rolling shutters *DO NOT Pressure Wash* the shutters. This tends to break that seal, ruin the motors, and may cause flaking or chipping to the paint. Your shutters have a strong beautiful paint system on them, but like any other painted surface, you need to wash and clean them too, but only as recommended. The use of a pressure washer will void your paint warranty with the shutter manufacturer.
As good as the paint system is, it too, would deteriorate and corrode if not maintained and cleaned periodically. Think what would happen if you never washed and cleaned your new car and just left it sitting at the beach for a year!
Spray the lock as well. Close and lock your shutter curtains completely. As with the Rolling Shutters above, wash, rinse, and dry all vertical blades along with upper and lower tracking systems. This will ensure your security and safety in the event of a hurricane and provide you with years of reliable protection.
(*Again, as a reminder, Gulf Coast Shutter does not recommend the use of a pressure washer for Rolling, Accordion, Bahama & Colonial Shutters.)
Like all plastics, your Lexan product panels should be cleaned periodically. Regular once-a-year cleaning program will help prevent noticeable weathering and dirt build-up. Spray off loose debris and dirt with water hose; do not use a pressure washer on flat panels that are permanently installed on your home or you may end up with water between the panel and window. If more cleaning is needed, use a soft cloth or sponge and a mild soap, followed by a cold-water rinse. Be sure to not clean in direct sunlight. Always refer to manufacturer’s warranty and cleaning procedures.
To clean your metal storm panels, spray off loose debris and dirt with a water hose. Please use gloves while you are handling or installing your storm panels. Take time to verify you know how the panels should be fitted on your windows and/or doors (matching the opening number with the number on your panel). Store your panels indoors in a dry place to help avoid corrosion.
For rollbdown fabric screens, remember not to roll up while still wet. Make sure they are entirely dry before retraction.
When using the rain repellent, test the corner for color fastness. If the fabric passes the colorfast test, then lightly mist the entire fabric area of the awning with rain repellent and let it dry completely before retracting it.
If your awning has tougher stains such as mildew you can try to remove the stain by using mild soap such as Ivory Snow or Woolite, with warm water and a soft scrub brush. Avoid using any product with the word *detergent* in it. *Again, only use a mild soap.* After using the soap, you must be sure to rinse the awning thoroughly, with the water hose. Allow the awning to dry completely and then coat the awning with the rain repellent by following the steps above.
Proper care for the frame of the awning includes rinsing with the water hose, wiping it down with a soft cloth and using 100% silicone. Do not use lubricants such as WD-40 as they will leave a residue and may stain the fabric. If your awning does not retract, you will disregard this step. The frequency of cleaning depends on your location. If you are inland, you should clean your awning twice a year. If, however, you reside on the ocean, you will need to clean your awning once per month, due to the salt air.
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