The three most common materials that window shutters are made from are wood, aluminum, and vinyl. Depending on your climate, finances, and even your siding, you want to think about and research the materials you choose for your home. Installation can also be dependent on the material you purchase.
For centuries, people have used wood shutters. Unlike draperies, originally they were used primarily for protection against animals, pests, and weather. Placed on hinges so they could swing open or shut, they could be latched to remain in the chosen position. They were simple to open for sunshine during the day and close during the evening and night hours.
Most shutters now days are permanently affixed in the open position, without hinges, to the outside sides of the windows. They are purely for decorative purposes. Wooden shutters may way more that some of the other types, but they are also much easier to change to color of. Simply scrape and repaint in the chosen color.
One of the most popular forms of shutters are vinyl shutters. Their popularity is due to many reasons. For example, they tent to hold their color longer than wood and are much lighter in weight. This makes installing them much easier. They also tend to be less expensive, and for those that have to stick to a tight budget are a wise choice. Standing from a distance, they are quite beautiful, but if you have to get very close to them, they do look like cheap plastic. Vinyl shutters that are molded as one piece tend to be more durable and last longer.
Increasingly popular, aluminum shutters are seeing more use. They are becoming more cost effective and their maintenance is being decreased making them more attractive to the home buyer who doesn't enjoy scraping and repainting very often. They also come in many different varieties and style to match any home, and they are literally available in hundreds of colors. For a truer color, they are powder coated. This also keeps the paint on longer resulting in long lasting beauty. If you choose aluminum for you window shutters, check the warranty carefully to make sure that the paint is also covered.
No matter what design you are most attracted to, there is sure to be several that would do nicely. There are the traditional louvered designs, raised panels, even board and batten and many others. A quick online search will make you familiar with them quickly. If you are looking for the perfect style for your home, they are out there. Many companies even make them in accordance with specific periods to enhance your home.
Whether you are choosing to purchase shutters for style or functionality either indoors or out, you are sure to find the perfect window shutters for you home. Make sure you check around for the best warranty for your window shutters. A little extra investment now can save you quite a bundle down the road. The hardest part may simply be deciding on just one style!
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Article Added on Monday, February 1, 2010
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