How to Identify a Quality Interior Shutter

Written by Brian Wright

1. Shutters have proper louver tension The shutters louvers should be smooth and stay inrepparttar desired position throughoutrepparttar 100049 lifetime ofrepparttar 100050 shutter. Some manufacturers feature “tension screws” onrepparttar 100051 side of each shutter panel, with one tension screw required for each louver section. The problem with tension screws occurs over time, when tighteningrepparttar 100052 screws becomes necessary on a regular basis. Eventually,repparttar 100053 louvers within a single shutter unit will not have uniform tension becauserepparttar 100054 louver sections adapt torepparttar 100055 tension screw differently. Polywood, vinyl, fauxwood, and synthetic shutters usually have an extremely tight louver tension. It is then difficult to putrepparttar 100056 louvers exactly inrepparttar 100057 desired location, andrepparttar 100058 rotation ofrepparttar 100059 louvers is difficult. The best technique for providing uniform tension that will remain constant is a split nylon pin tension system that requires no maintenance.

2. Shutters are built from a quality material Wood isrepparttar 100060 most preferable material for building shutters, and not all woods are made alike. Basswood is a superior wood because it is amongrepparttar 100061 straightest of hardwoods with a fine uniform texture and indistinct grain. It can be sanded and stained to a smooth finish, and it is lightweight yet very strong.

3. Shutters are purchased from reliable company You should researchrepparttar 100062 company from which you plan to purchase your shutters. They need to be a reputable, knowledgeable, support oriented, and accessible. We recommend you test their knowledge by asking questions. Check out their credibility with an organization such asrepparttar 100063 Better Business Bureau, and check to see if they have a list of customer comments or references. The company needs to be prepared to communicate all ofrepparttar 100064 necessary information to you about purchasing interior shutters. They need to have a staff that is experienced and available for technical questions. It is frustrating whenrepparttar 100065 only knowledgeable person is always "inrepparttar 100066 field."

How to Select Exterior Shutters

Written by Sarah Vande Krol

Installing exterior shutters is a relatively quick way to add style and color torepparttar outside of a house. Historical and modern houses alike benefit fromrepparttar 100048 timeless style of shutters. As with any home improvements,repparttar 100049 quality and longevity of an addition should be evaluated before proceeding.

Exterior shutters are available in many shapes and materials. Vinyl shutters are easily available at most home improvement stores, and they can be a cost-effective option. However, vinyl shutters often look like plastic, they are not useful as operable shutters, and they cannot be stained.

Shutters are also made out of many types of wood. The best wood for exterior use is cedar because of its outstanding durability and resistance to decay. Cedar gives long service with little maintenance in applications such as mud sills, window sashes, sheathing under stucco or brick veneer construction, greenhouse benches, fencing, poles, trellises, and exterior shutters. Cedar is also used extensively for exterior siding because it is dimensionally stable and holds paint well, in addition to being a deterrent to bugs.

The tannin (oil) in incense cedar is what makes it such a good wood for exterior shutters. It helps prevent moisture penetration and bugs hate it. However, shutters should not be left unprotected. Rather, it is best to finishrepparttar 100050 shutters before installation so all surfaces can be fully covered. While paint can be brushed, it is recommended that it be sprayed. Most house painters will spray shutters with their airless spray systems for latex paint.

The best base is a primer coat of an oil-based primer tinted as close torepparttar 100051 final color as possible. The oil penetrates intorepparttar 100052 wood, offering better protection. It can be applied in a much finer mist, thereby reaching between and around louvers and into seams, joints and corners. The top two coats should be a premium-grade exterior latex paint. A topcoat of exterior latex paint will not chalk or fade like an oil-based paint. If shutter caps will be used, paint them as well sincerepparttar 100053 top edge of shutters isrepparttar 100054 most vulnerable to moisture penetration.

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