Shutter Hardware and Fall Maintenance
Colonial shutters, like any exterior element of a home, require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. Here are some fall maintenance tasks that are typically required for colonial shutters:
- Clean the shutters: Before the winter season begins, it’s a good idea to clean the shutters thoroughly. This can be done using a soft brush and mild detergent. Be sure to rinse the shutters well with water to remove any soap residue.
- Check for damage: Inspect the shutters for any signs of damage, such as cracks, splits, or warping. If any damage is found, it should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage and ensure the shutters can function properly.
- Lubricate the hardware: Colonial shutters are typically held in place with hinges and shutter dogs. It’s important to ensure that these components are properly lubricated to prevent them from rusting and seizing up. Apply a lubricant such as WD-40 or a silicone-based spray to the hinges and shutter dogs.
- Repaint or refinish: If the shutters are looking dull or faded, fall is a good time to repaint or refinish them. This will not only improve their appearance but also protect them from the elements during the winter months.
- Secure the shutters: As the weather turns colder and windier, it’s important to ensure that the shutters are securely fastened to prevent them from banging against the house and causing damage. Check the hinges and shutter dogs to ensure that they are tight and functioning properly.