How to prepare your outdoor shutters for a storm
Australia’s weather is notorious for throwing up some extreme conditions. Across the country, things can go from a clear, sunny day to a wild electrical storm in an instant.
These unpredictable conditions can be troublesome for homes and their awnings. Fortunately, many homeowners choose aluminium shutters and outdoor blinds to offer outstanding protection from the elements like rain, wind and hail.
Regardless, it is important to prepare your outdoor shutters if you know a storm is coming in. Read our steps on how to protect your shutters from our weather’s harsher offerings.
Keep your shutters in pristine condition
Outdoor shutters provide a protective barrier between the home and the elements. They keep debris clear of the home, shield windows and protect outdoor furniture. However, continuous exposure to the weather can cause them to wear over time.
The best thing you can do to keep your outdoor shutters in good condition over time is to keep an eye on them after a climatic extreme. Extreme heat and cold can cause blinds to expand or contract, leaving them vulnerable to further damage.
Take a look at them after a storm or hot day, ensuring that your shutters are securely fixed and that no components or bolts have come loose. Do the same each time you clean your blinds.
There are other things you can do to ensure the safety of your shutters throughout a storm. Before the storm hits, ensure aluminium shutters are left in the full down position to ensure they provide optimal protection to your home and assist in the prevention of hail or any flying debris damaging the home or windows.
Outdoor blinds should be fully brought up regardless of the design. This is imperative in windy periods as leaving the blind fabric down produces a large exposure area (like that of a large sail). Strong winds will easily tear or damage the tracks on your outdoor blinds, and this can be expensive to fix.
Start with the best product
Of course, the best way to protect your outdoor shutters is by choosing a quality product to begin with. Elipso is renowned for producing some of Australia’s most reliable outdoor blinds, perfect for protection during a storm.
To enquire about purchasing our designs for your home, simply submit an enquiry form via our contact page.