How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season
The bad news: Hurricanes can cause significant, devastating damage to land and property.
The good news: Generally, forecasters can provide enough advanced warning of an oncoming hurricane that you can prepare your home and reduce damage.
Here are some steps you can take to prepare your home for hurricane season:
- Bring in any outdoor furniture or adornments that aren’t stabilized. If strong winds could potentially move it, it could become a projectile that harms the exterior of your home.
- Know how to shut off your water, gas and electricity. If a storm gets bad enough, this may be something you need to do before evacuating.
- Make a storm kit. First-aid supplies, shelf-stable foods, bottled water, blankets and flashlights are just a few of the items you may want to include.
- Stock up on batteries. Then add them to your storm kit!
- Secure your windows and doors. High winds can cause damage to windows and doors, so do your best to make sure the entrances to your home are as secure as possible.
- Clear out your gutters. This can help prevent water from leaking into your attic or basement.
- Check your foundation. Make sure you don’t have any cracks — which can also lead to flooding.
- Get surge protectors. While it’s best to unplug electronics during a storm, surge protectors can help protect them in the event of a power surge.
Of course, one of the most important preparation steps you can take is to pay attention and stay alert during hurricane season. Follow the forecast closely and listen to recommendations from local authorities.
- Shutter Man
Decorative vs. Operable Shutters: What’s Right For You?
Historically, operable shutters served to protect the glass of windows, increase the privacy of your home and provide insulation against the elements. These days, with improved window technology, the original purpose of operable shutters isn’t as necessary — yet, some homeowners still swear by them. So, how can you know if operable or decorative shutters are right for you?
The answer is that, in most cases, decorative shutters are all you need. However, here are some reasons you may be considering going the operable route:
- You have a historic home. Since shutters were historically operable, including operable shutters on your historical home can maintain the accuracy of the time period it was built.
- You want to limit sun exposure. Limiting the amount of sunlight that gets into your home can help reducing your cooling bill in the summer. While it can be laborious to open and close the shutters, you may like to have this option on particularly hot and sunny days.
- You want better window insulation. On the other end of the spectrum, when it’s windy and cold in the winter months, shutters can provide an extra layer of protection to your home’s exterior.
- You like options. Maybe you’ll want to keep them open most of the time, but at least having operable shutters will give you the option to close them, if you ever choose.
Consider these above reasons carefully, but ultimately make your decision based on your own needs and interests. Whether decorative or operable, you can find shutters that suit your home perfectly.
- Shutter Man
5 Quick Tips to Elevate Your Home’s Curb Appeal
The exterior of your home is the first impression it makes — don’t you want it to be a good one?
Luckily, improving the exterior of your home is easily achieved with some small tweaks and routine upkeep. Before you know it, your house and yard will be making all the passersby jealous.
Try these five quick tips to elevate your home’s curb appeal:
Both maintaining your yard and adding some greenery — whether bushes, trees or flowers — are great ways to make your home look more settled and put together. If you aren’t someone with a natural green thumb, go for low maintenance plants and flowers that will bloom annually.
Create an inviting walkway
Make your home look accessible and open by creating a walkway that welcomes visitors. Put in new paving stones or power wash your current pathway and trim back any overgrowth.
Paint your door
Adding a fresh coat of paint — and a bright color! — to your door will make the entrance to your home pop. Don’t be afraid to go bold.
Replace your shutters
Shutters add instant visual intrigue and variety to your home’s exterior. If your current shutters aren’t adding much, replace them with a new color and style that speaks to your home’s personality.
Upgrade your mailbox
If your mailbox is dingy and dented, it’s time for an upgrade. While a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint can go a long way, sometimes you just need to go out with the old and in with the new.
By investing in a few new upgrades (and adding in some elbow grease), the front of your home is bound to start turning heads.
- Shutter Man
What Color Shutters Should You Add to a Brick House?
Selecting a shutter color for your home is a challenge no matter what — but it’s especially difficult if you live in a red brick home.
Brick homes are stately and beautiful, but the varied color of brick makes choosing a shutter color anything but straightforward. While it’s most important to honor your own tastes and go with what you think looks good, here are a few shutter colors we recommend for red brick homes.
- There’s a reason that black shutters are timeless. This classic look will help the exterior of your home feel complete, without the shutters overshadowing your color scheme.
- The right shade of blue can provide a pleasing pop of color against a red brick background. Check out our Hamilton Blue shade for inspiration.
- Light Gray. While white may look a little too stark on a red brick background, gray offers the perfect compromise of warmth, but lightness.
- A cream or tan colored shutter can offer the same effect, especially if your particular color brick has some lighter undertones.
While these colors are common favorites, many homeowners choose to go bold against brick with brighter colored doors and shutters. Go with what feels right to you! In fact, you could even make a darker shade of red work if your brick is lighter in tone. Don’t be afraid to follow your gut.
Need inspiration? Drive around your neighborhood and see what choices your fellow brick-house neighbors made.
Ready to make your selection? Let us do the painting for you.
- Shutter Man
Here’s How to Paint Your Composite Shutters
Ready to give your composite shutters a fresh coat of paint?
This small upgrade can give your shutters a whole new look with minimal investment to your time and finances. However, it is important that you follow the correct steps, so you don’t end up with a mess on your hands.
Here are our best tips for successfully painting your shutters a new color:
- Select the right paint. Ideally, look for something oil or water-based, though latex paint will also work fine.
- Get your shutter ready. To avoid getting shutter paint on your house, it’s best to fully remove the shutters. This is true even for functional shutters that you can swing away from your siding — it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- Lightly sand. Using a fine grit sandpaper or sanding sponge, gently sand your shutters and then clean off any remaining dust.
- Apply your first coat. Some people swear by using a paint gun to spray on the paint, while others prefer just a good, old-fashioned paint brush.
- Let the shutters dry. It’s important not to rush this step, so you may even want to consider waiting until the next day. Just make sure your shutters aren’t leaning against each other.
- Sand again. sand off any areas that aren’t smooth and remove remaining dust.
- Apply your second coat. Let it dry and see what you think. At this point, the paint color should be even with none of your previous paint showing through.
- Install on your home. You’re done! Step back and enjoy your handy work.
With just a little patience and elbow grease, your shutters can now have an entirely different look. The hardest part is picking the right color.
Need new shutters first? We can help with that.
- Shutter Man
How to Pick Out Your Shutter Color
Choosing the right shutter color is important to ensure your new shutters blend seamlessly with your home. Of course, beyond the right color, you also need to ensure that the paint on your shutters is made to last and withstand the elements. Luckily, with PPG Break-Through! paint, you won’t have to worry about durability — and you’ll have several great paint options to choose from.
First and foremost, the most important detail to consider when choosing your shutter color is the exterior color of your home. For instance, if you have a dark-colored exterior, you’ll want to look at shutter colors that are at least a few shades lighter than your home’s siding. Likewise, if your home has a light-colored exterior, choose a shutter color that is at least a few shades darker. This contrast will allow your shutters to both stand out and complement the color already showcased on your home.
If your home is more traditional, keep it simple with a white, black or grey shutter. However, if your home is designed to be more contemporary or modern, you may want to consider going bold with a brighter color. A deep red or brighter blue can pop in a pleasant way without being overwhelming.
Beyond the color and style of your home, it’s also important to think about the color of your window trim. Some people prefer to match the window trim to their shutters, while others go for complementary colors.
If you’re still struggling to choose a shutter color, consider going for a walk around your neighborhood and see what color schemes other homes in your area use. Pay close attention to how their exterior color works with their chosen shutter color. You might just stumble across a color combination that you really like.
- Shutter Man