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4 Tips To Get the Most Out of Your Storm Shutters

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Wooden beige house and storm at sunset Storm shutters are a smart way to protect your home and family from damage

Here Are Some Tips To Ensure That Your Shutters Will Be Up To The Task

Storm season means high winds and heavy rains. Storm shutters are a smart way to protect your home and family from damage and minimize storm cleanup, but they’re only effective if they’re in good working order and correctly deployed before a storm hits.

1. Do a Trial Run
Practice securing your shutters completely at the beginning of each storm season. This is the best way to get a feel for how long it will take you to install them when a storm is on the way. By doing a full test run, you can also be sure that you have all the tools, hardware and equipment you will need.

2. Protect Your Hands and Feet
Aluminum shutter slats have dangerously sharp edges, so wear heavy gloves when handling them. Don’t be tempted to carry a stack of panels, as one might fall and cut your foot or leg. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are smart choices.

3. Leave Yourself Plenty of Time
Allow yourself more time than you think you’ll need to install the storm panels when a storm is approaching. If your trial run took three hours, for example, give yourself five hours. You may have time to install your shutters once a storm “warning” is issued for Whitemarsh, PA. However, high winds can be unpredictable, so it’s a good idea to go ahead and gather your supplies when a storm “watch” is issued.

4. Use the Buddy System
Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it. By pairing up with a neighbor, you can share equipment and tools and help one another with installation. Work together to fully shutter one home at a time; that way, if you run out of time, you can both take shelter in the house that is fully protected.
Follow these tips to get the most out of your window protection system and to keep your home and family safe until the high winds have passed.

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