One of the primary selling points of aluminium shutters is that they are quite low-maintenance. Coupled with their inherent durability, you can look forward to years of service without having to do too much in the way of maintenance.
That said, here are a few care and maintenance tips to keep your aluminium shutters looking and performing their best for a long time.
1. Clean the Right Way, Regularly
A build-up of dust on your aluminium shutters will stand in the way of them shutting and opening smoothly. Sweep off, vacuum away, or wipe off this dust as it is necessary to avoid the build-up.
With regards to wiping, you can use a mixture of water and mild natural detergent, or just water. Cleaners with harsh chemicals will only degrade the outer coating or finish, leaving your aluminium shutters looking drab.
2. Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint
Buy premium-quality aluminium shutters, and they will be constructed from a material that's been treated for high corrosion-resistance. Even then, you want to ensure that you protect your investment, and this can be as easy as painting the shutters.
When the old layer starts to peel off, apply a new layer of paint. In addition to further protecting the shutters from corrosion, you will be giving your windows a makeover and adding to their aesthetic appeal.
3. Timely, Professional Repairs
Day to day use and high winds can damage your aluminium shutters. It's possible that they may also suffer some damage during attempted break-ins. Whatever the case may be, you want to make sure you get the problem looked at as soon as possible to avoid the damage getting worse over time.
Inspect your shutters regularly for signs of damage. While there are some DIY repairs you can do, it's best to leave it to the professionals. Enquire from your aluminium shutters supplier about warranty as well.
4. Lubricate. Lubricate. Lubricate
The assembly of your aluminium shutters is such that the shutters suspend from brackets and hinges. Ensuring that these brackets and hinges are well-lubricated is key to ensuring the smooth function of your shutters.
This, unlike a repair, is something you can do yourself. Your supplier can advise you on the right type of lubricant to use on your aluminium shutters, but generally, you should avoid the sticky kind.
With a bit of effort, as highlighted, you can extend the lifespan of your aluminium shutters and continue to enjoy all the benefits that come with this versatile window treatment.