Everything You Need to Know About Window Shutters
You’ve got a new roof, siding, windows, and redo the flower beds along the front of your home. Yet, something is still ‘missing’ – nothing much, just a touch of something. Maybe it’s the window shutters? Yes! Maybe the window shutters need to be updated, or perhaps your home doesn’t even have any at all.
If you don’t currently have window shutters, you may wonder why you should get any, whether they serve a purpose, and just how window shutters work anyway. There are different reasons why homeowners have window shutters installed on their home, but the four most common reasons are to:
- Control amount of natural light coming in
- Provide privacy and security
- Protect windows from the weather
- Enhance the aesthetics of one’s home
If you would like to learn more about window shutter installation or schedule a consultation for services, contact Pro Seal Restoration at (817) 506-7722 today.
What are window shutters made of?
When choosing window shutters outside your home, there are a few factors to consider. Window shutters typically have wild louvers, each of which adds its own element of beauty. However, the material window shutters are made from will change their overall durability and versatility. It is because of this material factor that we offer the following choices:
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, has been around for years and is the preferred choice for window shutters on many homes. One thing to note is that the edges of the slats on these shutters are sealed, making decorating impossible. But for heat-resistant, moisture-resistant window shutters, PVC is the better option.
- Foamed Synthetics
Foamed synthetic window shutters are an affordable choice over wooden shutters that are non-toxic as well as fire and water-resistant. These shutters add a level of reliable insulation that can help lower utility costs. They are available in a range of colors and designed with aluminum braces so they won’t sag.
- Medium Density Fiber
These window shutters are made of what is essentially sawdust and glue, and then molded into various shapes. Available in painted finishes, vinyl wrap or wood and offered in a variety of styles, these low cost window shutters are fashionable and warp-resistant as well.
- Composite Wood
Composite wood materials are manufactured from one wood species or a combination of several species. These engineered wood window shutters are a sturdy choice, and ideal for the plantation shutter style. The durability and flexibility of these shutters are the perfect alternative to plain wood shutters. Available in several colors and shapes, composite wood window shutters will accentuate the beauty of any home.
For wooden plantation window shutters, this material is the standard. As a hardwood, Alder excels in both durability and strength, offering great damage resistance. Alder shutters can also be customized, sparking your imagination with their unmistakable cherry wood grain appearance. Another benefit – when it comes time to refresh your home’s exterior, painting or staining Alder shutters is an easy process.
Basswood has been proven time and again to be the best choice for plantation window shutters with their inimitable flexibility when it comes to both designing and styling. Homeowners love that they can be sanded and then painted or stained to meet any desired color choice.
- Laminated Shutters
Thin wooden slats are glued together to create laminated plantation window shutters, creating attractive and stable window shutters that mimic real wood. They can be painted, stained, or wrapped, and are incredibly affordable.
How should window shutters fit?
Consider the following three factors as you choose window shutters for your home:
- Whether they will be decorative only or fully functional
- The shape and size of the windows
- The architectural style of your home
The answers to these three things will give you the right direction in choosing the perfect window shutters for your home. Next, you need to get the exact measurements of each window, never assuming any two are alike. If you’re going for functional window shutters, they need to overlap. If you want decorative shutters, then you want your window shutters fitted.
Rectangular or Square Windows Measurements
You need to measure the height in three places as you get started: down the left side, down the middle, and down the right side. Not including the windowsill, measure the window trim from the top to the bottom. If the measurements aren’t the same, go with the smallest measurement for shutters that will fit properly.
Next, there are three places where you’ll need to measure the width of the windows: across the top, across the middle, and across the window bottom. If the measurements aren’t the same, as before you will go with the smallest measurement to ensure you get shutters that will fit right. Divide this measurement by two to get the width of the window shutters you need without any clearance.
Arched Window Measurements
The arch angle is important when measuring arched windows, especially if these will be functional window shutters. Find the high point of the window starting at the bottom and measure to the top of the arch. Next, get the “low point” measurement starting at the bottom of the window and going to the low point of the arch radius.
Can window shutters be painted?
Yes, plastic or vinyl window shutters can be repainted. For new window shutters, review the manufacturer’s information for any special preparation that needs to be done first. Meanwhile, for existing window shutters, you definitely want to clean them first. If there is any mildew or mold, use a bleach and water mixture of 1:4 in a spray and cover the area well, then rinse with clear water. Keep your eyes and skin protected and cover any plants the spray could get onto.
Other things to note include the need to use a quality acrylic latex exterior paint on plastic or vinyl window shutters. Taking the time to apply a primer first will help the acrylic latex paint cover and stick better.
What is the difference between window treatments versus shutters?
Window treatments typically consist of blinds or curtains, but many homeowners are turning to plantation window shutters as a long-term window treatment, in part becuase they offer the most ROI while looking good. Quality blinds have a typical lifespan up to five years. Meanwhile, quality window shutters have a lifespan of up to 25 years or longer when cared for as instructed.
Closing Thoughts – Are window shutters a good investment?
With the lifespan of window shutters versus blinds, yes! They are a timeless classic for the exterior or interior and compliment any architectural style. If you’re ready to install window shutters on your home, give Pro Seal Restoration a call today at (817) 506-7722.