Why You Should Update Your Shutters


Replacing your shutters is a remodel that you should eventually consider. Most homeowners will want to replace their actual windows before they change their shutters. Obviously, you want your windows and shutter styles to be complementary, so you might want to do them at the same time. Even if you can't find a product made by the same manufacturer, you should be able to find something that is similar enough in style. Additionally, if the molding around windows coordinate with your shutter style, they will all look more cohesive.

Choosing a Style to Match Your Windows

So, you can basically start out by choosing custom shutter styles that look great with your windows, and then worry about the finishing and molding afterwards. This article explains a few of the most practical materials for shutters.

Prefabricated Solid Wood Shutters

When it comes to prefabricated shutters, you usually have a lot of choices because most shutters have universal sizing. You should have no problem finding a product that is the right size, regardless of what material you are looking for. When it comes to stylish shutters, solid wood is the most common. The extra weight of a solid wood shutter adds security and insulation. A majority of the shutters sold today are now synthetic materials like vinyl. These are also very solid, even though they are lighter than wood.

One of the best things about having a wooden shutter is that it is very easy material to paint and stain. The fact that you can change your color is advantageous to most homeowners who like a simple DIY project. Vinyl shutters are harder to paint.

Metal Shutters

Metal shutters are also popular, but they definitely have a more industrial look. Surprisingly, metal shutters aren't always heavier than solid wood shutters. This is due to the fact that the metal shutters are often hollow. So, they are extremely durable and secure, but they can usually be hung from any wooden or metal shutter frame. Metal can also be repainted, but it should be sprayed since the surface is so smooth. It is just a little more difficult to paint than a smooth metal shutter. In the long run, owning a metal shutter will require much less TLC over the years.

It is easy to understand why some people strongly prefer wooden shutters over metal or vinyl. However, depending on the style of your building, and level of security you need, any of these products can be acceptable.  


26 June 2018

Start Spring Cleaning Early

Every year, I make a list of spring cleaning tasks. Unfortunately, I’m a procrastinator. Therefore, I rarely complete every item on my extensive list. This year, I plan to start my spring cleaning early. One of the tasks I’m passionate about is cleaning windows. When I get finished with my windows, I want them to appear invisible due to their level of cleanness. To accomplish this task, I use both over-the-counter window cleaners and natural cleaning agents. To reduce the incidence of smudges, you can wipe your windows down with a newspaper. On this blog, you will learn how to clean your windows before spring arrives.