How to Install Accordion Hurricane Shutters

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Accordion hurricane shutters
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill and appropriate drill bits
  • Screws and anchors
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Ladder
  • Screwdriver
  • Safety glasses and gloves
  • Silicone sealant

Step-by-Step Installation Guide:

  1. Measure the Window or Door:

    • Measure the width and height of the window or door where the shutter will be installed.
    • Ensure you have the correct size of accordion shutters for your measurements.
  2. Prepare the Shutters:

    • Lay out the accordion shutters on a flat surface.
    • Check all the components and hardware to make sure everything is included.
  3. Mark the Mounting Points:

    • Hold the top track of the shutter in place above the window or door to determine the exact placement.
    • Use a level to ensure the track is perfectly horizontal.
    • Mark the locations of the mounting holes on the exterior wall with a pencil.
  4. Drill Holes for the Top Track:

    • Put on safety glasses and gloves.
    • Use a drill to create holes at the marked points. Ensure the holes are deep enough for the anchors and screws.
    • If mounting into masonry or brick, use masonry drill bits and anchors.
  5. Install Anchors:

    • Insert the appropriate anchors into the drilled holes. This will provide a secure base for the screws.
  6. Mount the Top Track:

    • Align the top track of the accordion shutter with the drilled holes.
    • Secure the track with screws. Tighten them using a screwdriver or a drill.
    • Check with a level to ensure the track remains horizontal during installation.
  7. Attach the Side Tracks:

    • Hold the side tracks in place and mark the mounting points.
    • Drill holes and install anchors as needed.
    • Secure the side tracks with screws, ensuring they are vertical and aligned with the top track.
  8. Install the Bottom Track (if applicable):

    • Some accordion shutters require a bottom track. If so, follow the same procedure as for the top track.
    • Align the bottom track with the side tracks and secure it in place.
  9. Attach the Shutters:

    • Slide the accordion shutters into the tracks. Ensure they move smoothly along the tracks.
    • Secure the shutters to the tracks according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  10. Seal the Edges:

    • Apply silicone sealant along the edges of the tracks to prevent water penetration.
    • Smooth the sealant with a tool or your finger for a neat finish.
  11. Test the Operation:

    • Open and close the shutters to ensure they operate smoothly.
    • Make any necessary adjustments to the tracks or shutters.
  12. Final Check:

    • Inspect all screws and hardware to ensure everything is tight and secure.
    • Ensure the shutters are firmly attached and there are no loose parts.

Maintenance Tips:

  • Regularly check the shutters for any signs of wear or damage.
  • Tighten any loose screws and lubricate tracks as needed.
  • Clean the shutters periodically to remove dirt and debris.

By following these steps, you can effectively install accordion hurricane shutters, providing protection for your windows and doors and enhancing the safety of your home.