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Why Many People Are Choosing Quality Exterior Shutters To Beautify Their Home

Aug 17, 2007
If you are looking for a way to freshen up the appearance of the exterior of your home, one great choice to install new exterior shutters. You can find a style of shutter to complement any style of home. As in all situations when considering home renovations, one must examine the features and benefits of the shutters under consideration before making a purchase.

When choosing exterior shutters, consumers can choose from many different dimensions and types of materials. Both wood and vinyl shutters are available at your local hardware store; both of these are quite economical choices. Functional hardware can be purchased to make wooden shutters operable.

Although exterior shutters can be manufactured from many types of wood, the best choice for this purpose is cedar. Due to its resistance to decay and durability, it is an excellent choice. This low maintenance choice can be used for fences, poles, and window sashes.

The secret to cedar's durability is the tannin oil it contains. The oil makes a barrier to keep moisture out and makes the wood unappealing to insect pests. It is necessary, though, to apply a protective coating. The best way to proceed is to apply the finishing product before installation; this will ensure that all surfaces are completely covered.

When finishing exterior shutters, the best choice is to start with a coat of oil based primer, tinted to a shade close in color to the top coat chosen. The oil from the primer will sink into the wood to give a long-lasting finish. To obtain the best results when painting, be sure to consult a professional painting firm.

To install your new exteriors shutters at your home, be sure to use a 1/2" spacer between the shutter panels and the exterior surface. This will ensure proper ventilation. In the event that functional hardware is not being used, be sure to choose rust-proof screws that can be installed flush to the wood. The screw heads can be painted with the top coat color after installation.

Both exterior paint and stain can be used for wooden shutters. If you choose to pain them, be sure to choose an opaque finish. You want to avoid having light penetrate through the paint, which could lead to a breaking down of the wooden fibers with the passing of time.

If stain is your finish of choice, be sure that the one you choose is formulated for exterior use. To keep your shutters looking their best, you need to be prepared to perform regular maintenance.

Exterior shutters are an easy way to add a splash of color to your home and give it an updated look. It's easy to see why wooden shutters are such a popular choice, making them a must-have item for a stylish home.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about this as well as exterior shutters at http://www.shutters-plus.com
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