Window Shutters on a Budget

Written by Sarah Vande Krol

While there is great value in installing custom-made interior wood window shutters, sometimes they are still too expensive for certain applications. Some alternatives – including poly or vinyl shutters – are less expensive but also much less attractive. For a high-quality solution at a lower cost, look for a company that sells individual solid wood shutter panels that can be installed in any configuration.

When shopping for individual shutter panels, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. The most important factor isrepparttar material used to makerepparttar 100050 interior shutter panels. Basswood hasrepparttar 100051 best characteristics for window shutters because it is a very straight hard wood with little distortion. Basswood also has a fine, uniform texture and indistinct grain, which make it superior for staining or painting. You should also look for a company that can make a large number of panel sizes so you can receiverepparttar 100052 best final fit for your window.

How To Determine Individual Panel Sizes to Order It is best to determine how you will mount your shutters before orderingrepparttar 100053 shutter panels. Sometimes it is necessary to use hanging strips to attach shutters torepparttar 100054 outside ofrepparttar 100055 window opening. A reputable company will provide information about different installation methods so you can determine how best to install on a specific window.

Width: Measurerepparttar 100056 width ofrepparttar 100057 area you wantrepparttar 100058 shutters to cover (NOT including any trim strips). 1.Divide this width byrepparttar 100059 number of panels you want acrossrepparttar 100060 window. This will give yourepparttar 100061 approximate width of each panel. Round this measurement up torepparttar 100062 nearest 1/4 inch. Example: Width = 36-7/16" Divide by 4 and round up to nearest 1/4" Order (4) shutter panels 9-1/4" wide

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."

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