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How To Choose Exterior Shutters For Your House

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 27, 2012

How To Choose Exterior Shutters For Your HouseTips For Choosing The Right Exterior Shutters

It is not very difficult to find a shutter style that will match your home. You should always choose an exterior style that matches the interior of your house. A question which frequently arises in the mind of buyers is “Which windows on my home should I put exterior shutters on?” The answer is to decorate only the windows that are visible to passers-by. But some people consider putting vinyl exterior shutters on their rear-facing windows as well. But it is the front windows that get the most attention, so its good to decorate them.

There are basically four basic shutter styles. They are the Louvered shutters, Raised panel shutters, Board and batten shutters and the Bahama style shutters.

The Louvered shutter is a traditional type of shutter. It can be used for older as well modern homes. But it a better match for those with traditional style.

Raised panel shutters look good on brick surfaces. Its sleek and simple lines give a contemporary/modern look and are seen more on newly constructed homes. They are also seen on older homes that have been remodeled to reflect today’s modern design style. The Raised Panel is a solid shutter with, a raised panel in the center. You can chose this shutter style if your homes has an updated interior and exterior design.

Board and batten shutters are usually seen on cottage style homes. But they look good on modern homes as well. They give an old world feel to your home.

Bahama style shutters are generally seen on homes warm and tropical climates. In the Bahama style shutter, one shutter panel hinges at the top of the window; opening vertically instead of horizontally. When it is closed it gives great privacy, and when its open it still allows protection from the elements.

You also should decide on the kind of material that you want for the shutters. Shutters are usually made of wood, vinyl and aluminium.  Vinyl shutters are usually low cost and low maintenance. Wood, on the other hand, is a more versatile material and can easily be changed to meet your design needs. It is much easier to achieve custom sizes and can be painted or stained to match any look. If the shutters become weathered, they can easily be stripped, sanded and repainted, or stained. 

Shutter hardware is as critical to the overall look of your shutter project as the shutters themselves. If your shutter hardware is properly painted and cared for, it will last for a very long time.

Stainless steel hardware is an option because it provides additional durability and longevity for any installation. Stainless steel hardware is ideal for coastal areas and humid climate where rusting may be an issue.

There are different styles of hardware to choose from, and a good supplier will take the time talk to you about your personal preferences. At a minimum you will need to select hinges and some form of tie back (shutter dog or otherwise). You may also want to consider locks, pull rings and bullet catches.

Following the above tips will make it easy for you to select the right exterior shutters for your house.

Distributed by Viestly

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