Is It Time to Get New Shutters?
If you've never had to replace your home's shutters before, figuring out when to finally take the plunge can be an overwhelming task. For starters, how do you know when your shutters need replacing?
While there's no secret formula to know exactly when it's time to replace your shutters, there are certain standards you can look for. Following these steps to determine if it's time for new shutters:
- Inspect each shutter for wear and tear. Note the extent of the damage. Does the wear and tear affect how the shutter is attached to the home? Does it appear to be getting worse with time?
- Ask yourself if a fresh coat of paint will solve your shutter issues. If the answer to this question is yes, it may mean that the problems with your shutters are primarily cosmetic and just need a little TLC to improve.
- Ask yourself if replacing the hardware on your shutters will solve the problem. If you have rusted or broken hardware, replacing that first may be your better bet.
- Ask yourself if you like the way your shutters look on your home. If the answer is no, it may be time to replace your shutters...just because you want to! As far as we're concerned, that's as good of a reason as any to get new shutters.
Ultimately, the decision to get new shutters is a judgment call that only you can make. However, if you're interested in refreshing the facade of your home and improving your curb appeal, new shutters is one of the most comprehensive and decisive ways to do so.Find the shutters of your dreams.
- Shutter Man
Fall's Here — Have You Made Your Home Maintenance Checklist Yet?
With the weather cooling down, it's the perfect time to assess the needs of your home heading into winter. Cold weather can wreak havoc on your home's exterior if you aren't prepared — and that's why we're here to help you make the ultimate fall maintenance checklist.
Take time to tackle these home projects before winter weather sets in and enjoy the confidence of a secure home all winter long.
- Drain and stow away your garden hose. That way, you won't have to worry about water backing up and freezing. If you have a shut-off valve for your exterior faucets, go ahead and turn that off too.
- Apply weather stripping to your doors and windows. Sealing the openings to your home will help keep the temperature indoors more consistent and reduce your energy bills.
- Clean out your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause water damage to both the interior and exterior of your home, so make this a priority.
- Get your heating system checked out. You may also want to replace any furnace filters, if you haven't done so recently.
- Clean your shutters. Summertime likely brought pollen build-up to your shutters, so give them a good wipe down to start winter with a clean slate.
Here's the good news: Most of these tasks can be checked off over the course of the weekend, allowing you to bask in your own productivity before Monday even rolls around.
- Shutter Man
Try These 7 Easy, Budget-Friendly Home Upgrades
You don't have to undertake a costly renovation to make your home feel fresh. In many cases, some of the smallest upgrades can make the biggest difference — both in how you enjoy your space and in the value of your home.
Here's a list of seven easy upgrades you can make to your home without breaking your budget:
- Get rid of your popcorn ceiling. While this might be a messy upgrade, it's simple to do and virtually free, but will instantly make the rooms in your home look more modern. Just make sure you check the ceiling for asbestos first if you live in an older home.
- Add built-in shelving. With just a few tools, you can add free-standing shelving that adds both form and function.
- Upgrade cabinet pulls. This is typically managed with just a screwdriver and is a great way to make your cabinets look fresh without having to buy all new ones. If it's just the finish and not the shape of your cabinet pulls that date your kitchen, consider simply painting them for a new look.
- Paint your shutters. Whether your existing paint has seen better days or you want a whole new color scheme, painting your shutters has big payoff for minimal effort.
- Upgrade your light fixtures. If you're tired of that same old dining room chandelier (or worse, those living room dome lights), find something that better suits your space and swap it out.
- Add molding. While this upgrade will require slightly more DIY skills, it might not be as daunting as you think — and it can instantly make a room feel more pulled together.
- Paint your interior doors. If your doors are scratched and scuffed from overuse, add a fresh coat of paint and marvel at the difference.
Even better? Most of these changes can be accomplished over a weekend. Try one (or a few!) and see how good it feels to upgrade on a budget.
Does the problem with your shutters go beyond paint? Let us help you start fresh.
- Shutter Man
5 Home Maintenance Tasks You're Forgetting
Owning a home is a big responsibility — and it can be a challenge to keep up with everything on your maintenance to-do list. So, just in case you need a reminder, here are five important home maintenance tasks you may be neglecting.
Clean your gutters
Allowing leaves and debris to build up in your gutters can cause water damage to your roof and leaks into your home. Ideally, this task should be checked off your home maintenance to-do list twice per year, but don't hesitate to outsource if heights aren't your thing.
Wipe down your shutters
Over time, your shutters acquire build up from precipitation, pollen, dust and dirt in the air. Taking a damp cloth and wiping them clean twice per year can help extend the life and keep them looking good as new for longer.
Drain your water heater
Sediment can build up in the base of your water heater if it isn't completely drained at least once a year. Doing so will help extend the life of your water heat and make it work more efficiently.
Clean out your dryer duct
Sure, you clean out the lint trap frequently, but lint also builds up in your dryer vent duct. In addition to making your dryer less efficient, it can also put you at a greater risk for a house fire. Depending on how complicated your duct work is, you may need to bring in a professional to tackle this one.
Dust your refrigerator coil
This quick fix can make a big difference in how well your refrigerator runs and how long it lasts. Dust accumulation can cause wear and tear over time if left uncleaned, but the cleaning process will luckily only take you a few minutes.
While these tasks may be forgettable, most of them are relatively quick, inexpensive home maintenance items to check off your to-do list. Add them to your calendar to keep them top of mind and enjoy the satisfaction of responsible home ownership.
Cleaned your shutters and noticed they need replacing? Oh, hi.
- Shutter Man
4 Tips for Maintaining Your Home in a Humid Climate
Living in a humid climate definitely has its perks. Often, high humidity means close proximity to a body of water and you also likely enjoy warm weather well into the fall. However, it can wreak havoc on your home if you aren’t prepared to deal with the side effects.
The number one danger to your home if you live in a humid climate is mold growth. Since mold thrives in damp, dark places, it’s important to first identify the problem areas of your home — then get to work preparing to counteract the side effects.
Here’s how you can maintain your home in a humid climate:
Use your air conditioner and fans
Cool, dry air is the opposite of humidity, so making sure your air conditioner stays at a constant temperature is key. You can also run fans in problem areas, like basements or laundry rooms, to provide even less inspiration for mold to grow. Dehumidifiers can also work great in these areas.
Invest in composite shutters
Wood is porous, making it the perfect material for mold and warping to occur. However, with non-porous composite shutters, you don’t have to worry about humidity causing damage. Instead, you can enjoy mold-free, worry-free shutters for a long time.
Allow air to circulate
Keep all the doors in your home open as much as possible to promote air flow. While it can be tempting to leave some rooms closed off when they aren’t in use to save on your air conditioning costs, doing so could leave those rooms susceptible to mold growth.
Insulate when possible
When the air outside is hot, you want the inside of your home to stay cool. That’s why investing in energy-efficient windows and ensuring any air or duct leaks are sealed can make a huge difference in how your home reacts to high humidity.
With these steps, you can ensure frizzy hair is the only thing you have to worry about when humidity sets in.
Looking for shutters? You’ve come to the right place.
- Shutter Man
What Size Should Your Shutters Actually Be?
It’s a common problem when ordering shutters online. You find the color and style you want…but you just aren’t sure what size you should order.
Don’t worry! It’s actually a lot less complicated than it seems.
While measurements for operable shutters need to be precise in order to fully cover your window when closed, decorative shutters obviously leave a little more wiggle room. However, even though you don’t need precise measurements for closing purposes, you still don’t want your decorative shutters to look too big or too small. So, what size is right?
We recommend following this simple formula:
Measure the full width of your window, then divide by two.
The reason? Well, even though your shutters are decorative, they should still look like they could potentially close and cover your windows. Passersby aren’t likely to get close enough to inspect whether or not your shutters are operational — they’re more likely to see shutters that look too large and too small and wonder why you made that choice.
For accurate measuring, we recommend finding a partner to help you hold the tape measure. The last thing you want to do is go to the trouble of measuring, only to find out the tape measure slipped on one end and you were off by a few inches.
But otherwise…that’s it! Figuring out what size shutters you need truly couldn’t be easier.
Of course, it’s important to note that the size of your decorative shutters comes down to personal preference above all. You may want shutters a little oversized or undersized to get the look you want — and that’s fine! However, if you’re looking for a traditional look, ordering shutters that are half the size of your windows is an easy way to achieve just that.
- Shutter Man