A Guide to Buying Window Shutters

A Guide to Buying Window Shutters

If your new house is complete or you want to renovate your old home, shutters can be used to add elegance and style to your house. If you have been looking for something that will give you control over the amount of light that will be entering your home, shutters make the best option.

Shutters come in different types, and they are classified depending on the material, installation method, shutter style, finishes, and constriction. If you are buying shutters for the first time, it might be confusing selecting the best from the many varieties available. Below are factors to consider when purchasing shutters for your house.

Material

Shutters are available in different materials including, composite wood, wood, metal, and vinyl. The choice of material depends on, where the shutter will be installed, weather conditions of the area and the maintenance required. Natural shutters (made from wood) and synthetic (vinyl) have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, the wood shutters can be painted and modified to match the décor of the room. In addition to that, they are stronger but prone to cracks over time. Vinyl shutters, on the other hand, are easy to maintain, and they are durable. However, your color choice is limited to beige, white and grey.

Where It Will Be Installed

Blue window shuttersFor rooms like the bathroom, basement, and kitchen, you better use moisture-proof shutter materials. In simple terms, wood is not the best option for the mentioned rooms. Many people use vinyl, but again you can use hardwoods like cedar and mahogany because they do not rot or decay. For the bedroom, full length and opaque shutters serve the best.

Budget

How much have you set aside to spend on window shutters? Note that there is the buying and installation costs. Once you have set the budget, start looking for the shutter which fit in your budget, but best fits your home. Different stores sell shutters at different prices. If you want custom made shutters, you can be assured to get, but you might spend more.

Maintenance and Cleaning

Cleaning wooden shuttersRegular cleaning and maintenance of shutters extend its lifespan. Regular dusting and cleaning go a long way. Note that, the shutters should be cleaned with the right cleaning solutions. The solutions used for vinyl might not be the best for wood. Note that, the cleaning process is not easy hence the need for materials which are easy to clean and maintain.…