Vinyl shutters can improve the appearance of nearly any home. They have other features besides being aesthetically pleasing. They help with energy efficiency and they’re great for helping you protect your privacy. Like vinyl windows, they’ve come a long way in recent years.
Vinyl is the best all-around material for shutters. The vinyl type of blinds isn’t as expensive as wood blinds, yet they’re longer lasting than wood. They won’t warp, swell or crack like wood might. They’re incredibly low-maintenance. All they need is an occasional dusting, or for real cleaning, a simple wipe with warm, soapy water when necessary. Some vinyl even has simulated wood look about it. It can be painted to look more like wood. Vinyl shutters don’t need to be treated or painted, like wood does. In rooms where moisture tends to occur, such as a bathroom, or maybe over a kitchen sink, wood shutters might not be the best choice. If you live in a humid climate, then vinyl is definitely the way to go.
Some shutters are known as hurricane shutters. They protect your home during a hurricane against dangerous flying debris that can damage it. You might find these made of heavy-duty vinyl, but they’re generally composed of steel panels for the optimum in protection. They’re installed on the outside of the house, and are not generally aesthetically pleasing, as they’re more about function than form.
Shutters can help regulate the temperature in a room, as they can be adjusted manually or electronic to let sun and heat in, or trap heat inside. You can keep also them open wide or close them tight against the elements, thus providing a privacy barrier as well. They can be hung on the bottom of a window, with a valance on top, thus mixing textures and window treatments for a look that fits your tastes.
Installing shutters is an easy home repair project. Don’t feel as if you have to be a master carpenter to handle this task. Simple tools are needed, along with a desire to complete the project, which can be half the battle. Expect to take about an hour per window, to prep the window area and install the shutter. You’ll need simple tools like a drill, screwdriver and a tape measure. Many of the shutters can be purchased at home improvement stores, and come with instructions, for those that are less confidence in their abilities.
Regardless of the shutters you choose to install, you can bet you’ll be happy you did.