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How To Choose Shutters

How To Choose Shutters

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If you are looking to increase the curb appeal of your home, without spending a fortune, the installation of exterior shutters is both an economical and simple do-it-yourself project.

Shutters have served a practical purpose throughout history by keeping out the elements, such as sun, wind and rain. Today, however they are typically installed as a decorative touch that can match the style or alter the appearance of your home. Choosing shutters in a color that correlates closely with the color of your vinyl or wood siding can create the allusion that your home is larger. Dramatic contrast in colors can compliment rich landscaping or extensive brickwork.

Virtually maintenance-free vinyl shutters are often the most popular choice for homeowners, as they offer easy installation, a wide range of colors to choose from and require no painting or staining. We also offer exterior shutters. made of composite wood or fiberglass that are likely to increase your homes beauty and craftsmanship, and are also relatively simple to install and maintain.

Shutters come in a variety of styles to match the architectural design of your home. The most common is the louvered shutter, best known for its classic style and ability to blend seamlessly with a variety of facades. Choices within the louvered style range from a traditional Boston or Manchester fiberglass shutter to the more lightweight and detailed vinyl shutter.

One option that was once thought appropriate only in tropical or arid locales, but is now gaining popularity across climates is the Bahama shutter. Its unique appearance and non-traditional hinging mechanism allows the shutter to open upward from the bottom providing shade from the sun. The homeowner that chooses this operable shutter is clearly making a statement.

Measuring for exterior shutters is as important a step as measuring for interior window treatments. To obtain a clean, finished look it is essential to plan ahead by determining the function of your shutter. If you have chosen a fixed shutter (one that serves no functional purpose and are un-hinged), then calculate the appropriate shutter width by dividing your window opening by two. Divide the window opening by four to obtain the shutter width for shorter windows, so as not to overwhelm them with an abnormally wide shutter.

In situations where you will be installing shutters to various window sizes, consider the overall appearance of your home to avoid multiple width shutters. For consistency, choose a width that looks the best on all your windows. The height for a fixed shutter should be the same as your window height, less the windowsill.

Operable shutters should be measured precisely as they are typically installed inside the window frame known as inside-mount. A window depth of at least 2" is needed for an inside-mount shutter otherwise an outside-mount will need to be chosen. No matter what type of shutter you choose, fixed or operable, it is important that you measure each window in several places as it is not uncommon for window sizes to vary slightly or to not be perfectly square.

Despite the wide variety of materials, styles and mounts, choosing window shutters for the exterior of your home can increase its beauty and even add a decorative way to protect from inclement weather.

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