FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Inoperable or difficult to operate
- High energy bills
- Faded upholstery, carpets & draperies (new windows filter 99% UV rays)
- Hot or cold spots (indicates windows not sealed or insulated properly)
- Drafts or excessive condensation
- Warped, corroded and/or rotting frames
- Bent leaky sashes
- Missing or broken hardware
At the start of each hurricane season you should test out your shutters. For permanently installed shutters try closing each one to make sure they work smoothly and lock tight. For panels and plywood shutters try a couple of windows and doors to ensure the hardware works and check the time you need to complete the job. Check all panels for warpage or other damage which could compromise its integrity. Repair any problems at this time so that everything is ready when a storm threatens.
When a Hurricane Watch is issued for your area check all mechanisms and hardware again, and maybe pre-install the more difficult shutters. If you live in an evacuation zone and it will take 2 or 3 hours to complete your shutter installation, you may want to start during the Watch phase. If you are not in an evacuation zone you should time your installation early in the Warning phase so that you are not struggling with panels during high winds.
If even these shutters seem too expensive consider making them for two or three windows at a time, starting with the most vulnerable. After a few years you will have your whole house ready.