Hurricane windows maintenance
Hurricane windows are like any other thing you install in your house – after a while, they’ll need maintenance in order to ensure that they keep working at peak performance. Especially living in a place like Tampa, FL where we deal with extreme weather events semi-regularly – making sure your hurricane windows are in good working order and are well maintained isn’t just an investment in keeping an asset working, but in protecting your home as a whole.
Here are some hurricane window maintenance tips for you to follow that can help you get the most out of them and protect what matters the most. Let’s jump right in!
Make sure your windows are installed properly
The biggest hindrance to hurricane window performance almost always comes from the very beginning and a poor installation. If there’s cracks, gaps and other issues – they’re mostly going to be useless. Long story, short – hurricane windows are only as good as their installation – so make sure whoever you hire to put them in is a real pro. Don’t cheap out on professionalism!
Always check for wear and tear in the coating
Hurricane windows are usually reinforced by a special shield coating and a polyvinyl butyral interlayer. This helps protect the windows when the wind picks up something and lawn darts it at your house. After any weather event or hurricane – make sure they’re reinspected for any abrasions, cracks or scratches.
If you do find damage, simply release the film. Even small imperfections can lead to big problems in the event of another storm.
Devil is in the details with dirt
Make sure whenever you’re cleaning your windows that you’re going the extra mile to remove the dirt and debris from all the cracks and crevices in your windows. This grime can build up over time and dust does a remarkably good job of cracking the edges of windows every so slightly. These cracks can expand in time, and in a big storm you could risk losing the entire window.
So while it will take some extra elbow grease on your part – make sure you’re removing the frames and cleaning the cracks to ensure nothing bad happens.
Hurricane windows are one of the best ways to protect yourself and your home from hurricanes. If you’d like to learn more about how hurricane windows can protect your home, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free installation. Until then – good luck!