Residents of Tampa have lots of options when it comes to finding the right exterior shades. Aluminum window shutters are a very popular option due to their incredible durability and protection benefits.
They’re a beautiful aesthetic addition to any Tampa home and can even save you money on insurance premiums. You can choose from a variety of decorative, or hurricane rated options, if you’re looking to secure your home in the case of a severe storm.
The Variety of Aluminum Window Shutters
The style and color combos for these shutters are endless. Two beautiful options are Bahama and Colonial style shutters. Bahama blinds attach to the top of a pane and hinge up. They will give the outside of your home a Caribbean feel. Colonial louvers provide a more classic southern look, and they hinge out to the side.
When it comes to picking a color for these exterior shades, many people choose a standard hue. This includes neutral tones, like white, beige, or gray. But if you want your shutters to pop, we offer custom hues such as:
- Lemon yellow
- Traffic red
So you have full creative freedom to be as bold, or as bright as you like. In addition, your coloring will remain vibrant and resist fading with aluminum window shutters.
Coloring on panels made from other materials, such as laminate or PVC, does not always last. PVC tends to yellow over time due to harsh UV rays, which are common in Tampa. The moisture of Florida air also results in the peeling of the laminate coating. Which is why we only use high qaulity aluminum to craft our shutters at Master Aluminum.
Hurricane Protection for Tampa Homes
During hurricane season, your home is at risk for both exterior and interior damage. Glass panes provide a weak spot that can break from debris picked up in high-speed winds. The broken glass itself is dangerous. Plus, it can result in an opening for more damage to happen.
Aluminum window shutters like the ones offered at Master Aluminum are hurricane-rated, and they are built to meet the Florida Building Code. We craft our shutters with 6063-T6 metal, which can withstand 27,557 pounds of force per square inch.
We also weld our shutters so there’s no need for screws. This welding process contributes to the durability of shutters by creating a more unified frame. The finish of these hurricane-rated louvers is a super durable polyester powder.
Longevity and Durability
Aluminum shutters most typically face corrosion and rust issues. However, with our welded construction, high qaulity aluminum, and proper maintenance habits, you shouldn’t run into these problems. Other materials have more risks though, especially for a humid and sunny place like Tampa.
Shades made from wood are not able to withstand high moisture environments. Premium wood, as well as fast-grown timber, and wood composites, would not last as exterior shading. Not to mention, anything built with wood usually requires more maintenance. So if you don’t have the time or recourses to care for wood shutters, aluminum is the way to go.
Aluminum is very strong despite its light weight. Which makes it a really great material to work with. Alumimun shutters require minimum maintenance to care for as well.
Aluminum Window Shutter Maintenance
Aluminum shutters require very minimum maintenance. But these few steps are absolutely crucial if you want your shutters looking, and functioning like they’re brand new.
The first thing you want to make sure you’re doing is operating shutters often. If you only use your shutters here and there, open and close them every two weeks or so. This ensures they aren’t sitting in the same position for too long and getting “stuck” there.
While opening and closing your shutters keep an eye out for any rust, weird noises, and anything that may be functioning poorly. This way you can make any repairs necessary before they become irreversible, or leave you vulnerable in a storm.
Every couple months it’s recommended that you wash shutters with warm water, a mild soap, and a soft brush. Clear away any debris from the tracks and thoroughly wash shutters. Every year, you’ll want to apply a non-oily lubricant to all moving parts of your shutters.
Choose Master Aluminum for Aluminum Window Shutters
At Master Aluminum, we provide Tampa residents with high-quality aluminum window shutters. We offer both hurricane-rated, and decorative shutters, both of which are Florida building code approved. We ship our products ready for installation and offer warranty options as well to ensure customer satisfaction.