How to Identify a Quality Interior Shutter

Written by Brian Wright

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4. Shutters are mortised for hinges Mortised hinges are important to achieve a tight fit within your window opening. Without a mortised panel, a gap appears onrepparttar hanging side that allows light to break betweenrepparttar 100049 shutter panel andrepparttar 100050 window jamb. It should not be necessary to mortiserepparttar 100051 window jamb.

5. Shutters are rabbeted stiles between panels Rabbeted stiles between shutter panels reduces light breaks between panels. A significant gap is created in between panels that are simply butted up against one another.

6. View a shutter sample The shutter company should be able to supply you with a finished sample shutter. This way you can viewrepparttar 100052 quality of construction and finish first-hand. It is beneficial for you also to holdrepparttar 100053 shutter inrepparttar 100054 window to visualize howrepparttar 100055 shutters will attach and look in your house.

7. Shutters should have quality finish A quality paint or stain finish is essential torepparttar 100056 overall satisfaction with your shutter purchase. A paint finish should be smooth, thick, and complete. You should be unable to feelrepparttar 100057 wood grain and it should show throughrepparttar 100058 paint. A stain finish should be even with a proper top protective coat.

8. Custom built for each individual window There are no standard windows. A proper custom shutter unit needs to be built for each individual window opening torepparttar 100059 1/16 inch. Any more will result in possible unnecessary gaps inrepparttar 100060 shutter unit. Do not assume that because two or more windows lookrepparttar 100061 same, that they arerepparttar 100062 same. Many times proper measuring will show that each window is unique.

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How to Select Exterior Shutters

Written by Sarah Vande Krol

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Shutters should be mounted torepparttar building with at least a ½" spacer betweenrepparttar 100048 back ofrepparttar 100049 panels andrepparttar 100050 building to allow for adequate ventilation. If not using hardware, use rust-proof screws sunk flush torepparttar 100051 wood. Paintrepparttar 100052 screw heads following installation.

An opaque painted finish prevents light rays from penetratingrepparttar 100053 finish and breaking downrepparttar 100054 wood fibers. However, shutters may also be stained. When staining shutters, use finishing products designed specifically for outdoor or marine use – and be prepared to do more maintenance on shutters to keep them looking good.

Installing shutters can be as simple as affixingrepparttar 100055 panels directly torepparttar 100056 house. It is also possible to install operable shutters, which can be closed over windows for protection against storms, and a number of hardware options are available. Look for heavy, solid hardware with a finish resistant to decay, such as zinc-plated hardware with a wrought iron black finish. Shutter caps can be another useful piece of hardware to keep water offrepparttar 100057 top of your shutters, protecting against moisture damage.

Visit ShutterLand Exterior Shutters provides exterior cedar shutters sold as individual panels, and the shutters usually ship within six working days. Exterior shutter panels use fixed louvers available in two styles, with or without a divider rail. A wide selection of exterior hardware is also available.

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