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CARE INSTRUCTIONS OPERATING SHUTTERS A polymer shutter is by nature, a flexible product. OPUS panels will flex in operation and require to be assisted when closing them by lifting the panel up into the frame against the magnetic catches. This is not a product fault but a feature of the shutter. With any shutter regardless of substrate, it is important to make sure louvres are closed before stacking bifolds, and sliding bypass closed panels to avoid breakage. Never slam panels closed. Rotate louvres daily. Panels are supplied with a tension screw for each rotation. This can be easily adjusted for louvres that may tighten over time or become loose. Always use a two-handed motion to open louvres. This avoids the creation of a stress point at the tilt rod screw site that occurs by using just one hand in the centre of a louvre. Stress points can cause breakage over time. Close louvres by pushing the edge of a louvre closed and running you hand in an upward direction along each rotation. Due to the nature of clearview shutters having play in the tilt rod, it may be necessary to push close individual louvres after the sweeping motion to obtain maximum light block. CLEANING OPUS shutters are made from a water resistant polymer extrusion with a low VOC waterborne paint finish, making them the easiest on the market to clean and maintain. When the shutters gather dust, simply wipe them down with warm soapy water as frequently as desired. Never use abrasive or caustic cleaning agents to avoid damaging the paint finish. Gumption or similar cleaning tools like the Chux Magic Eraser are suitable for spot cleaning to remove light marks such as scuff marks made with jewellery whilst operating the panels and louvres. ENCORE shutters are made from aluminium with a powdercoated finish. This makes them the most durable and the easiest to maintain. Dusting them occasionally is enough to keep them clean, however they can be wiped down with warm soapy water in the same way you would clean an OPUS shutter. ENCORE when installed internally has a satin matte powder coat finish. It is important you take care with jewellery not to scratch the powder coat, however fine marks may also be removed using a mild car polish or the Magic Eraser. Fingerprints on matte black finish can be removed with baby wipes. ENCORE when installed externally is more resilient to surface damage due to the high gloss powdercoat finish. Simply hose the shutters down regularly to keep them dust free and use soapy water to spot clean. 62

GLOSSARY Beading Grooves in traditional stiles and frames. Bi-fold Multiple panels are hinged to each other so they fold and stack clear of the window or doorway. Used with or without track. Panels hinged without track are referred to as ‘Bifold Hinged’ Clearance The amount of room required at the rear of a panel to allow for rotation of louvres. D Mould Astragal stile is moulded with a D shape that overlaps where two panels meet to block light gaps. Recommended for windows that are out of square. Divider Rail Also called a Mid rail, the horizontal rail used to give greater strength on tall panels. Double Hinged Also called Bifold Hinged, a maximum of 2 panels are hinged together to bifold off the window. Double Hung Also called café style, tier on tier or saloon style. Panels are hinged in two sets, one in the top of the window and one set below. Can be used with or without a horizontal T post. Fascia Also called a valance or pelmet, a fascia is the horizontal board fixed to the front of track shutters to hide the hardware. Returns for left and right side are supplied as standard for outside mount. Frame Profiles assembled as a framing system to install shutters inside or on the face of a window or doorway. Hang Strip Section of material used to attach hinges in direct mount layouts to control light gaps, and as mounting block for track shutter headboards. Useful for building out problem windows. Light Block Strip of material used in direct mount layouts for light control or to build out problem windows. Can also be used as mounting block for sideboards in track shutter layouts. Louvre Also called blades, horizontal lengths of material that rotate to open or close and control light and view. Louvre Pin Usually nylon part that connects the louvre to stile and allows rotation. Magnet Usually a round ‘bullet’ magnet installed in panel that catches onto striker plate installed on frame or window sill to hold panel shut. Non-Mortise hinge Common hinge used to mount panels to shutter frame or directly to window frame. Installed on left or right side of a panel. 63

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