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Simple Repair Tips for Exterior Shutters that Have Come Off

Have your shutters come looseIf you have exterior shutters on your Toronto home that have come loose lately or come off, especially during this past winter, there are a few simple repair tips to keep in mind. Depending on the type of exterior shutters you have in your home, it may very well be an opportunity to completely strip them down, repaint them, and place almost new looking shutters back up come the nice spring, warm weather.

Evaluate the condition of the shutter.

If one shutter has come loose or broken off, take it inside and determine what kind of condition it is in. If it is in relatively poor condition, it’s a safe bet that the other shutters on your home are also in bad condition.

If it’s a vinyl shutter, it may very well be time to consider natural wood shutters. Vinyl shutters don’t offer the same quality craftsmanship that natural wood shutters offer, and even though they may be fixed and nonfunctional, those natural wood shutters will offer your home an incredible benefit for curb appeal and value.

If the condition of the shutters are decent, and they are wood, you can take this opportunity to completely sand them down, repaint them, and then install what appears to be almost new shutters.

When it comes to basic repair, you may need to replace hardware that has ripped from the house. If the hardware on the shutter itself appears intact, check the hardware on the house. You may need to slightly reposition the shutters or the hardware on the shutters if brackets or screw threads have stripped out on the house itself.

If the shutter appears to have separated slightly in a certain area, apply a small bead of glue and try to affix the shutter in place. If the frame doesn’t move, using a rubber mallet, it may be time to try taking apart the shutter and rebuilding it from scratch. That would require sanding down glue points and repairing any potential damage that occurred as a result of the outside elements, and in that case it may be more cost-effective to consider replacing them with new shutters.

Simple Exterior Shutter Repair Strategies You Can Do, even during the Middle of Winter

repairs you can do in the winterWinter is usually not the time of year when people think about working on the exterior of their house. You can’t paint the exterior part of the house during winter because the temperature is not warm enough for the paint to properly adhere to the surface. If you try to paint during the winter time, you would likely have nothing but a drippy mess all over your house.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t certain projects you could take care of on those relatively warmer days.

You may have older, worn out exterior shutters that require a significant amount of attention to get them back in great shape and looking the way they were designed originally.

Below are a few simple strategies you could use to help improve the look and appearance of your exterior shutters. You can do this when it’s warmer out and when it’s safe to place a ladder on the ground.

1. Walk around and analyze the condition of each exterior shutter.

This is the best way for you to take honest stock about what your exterior shutters look like. Take a pad of paper with you and write down any notes regarding issues with various shutters. You could do well to develop a numbering system to easily identify each shutter and where it is located on the house.

Take note of any warped, cracked, or missing slats. Focus on rust on any hardware components that may be there. If the exterior shutters are pulled away from the house itself, make note of this as well.

2. Take down one shutter at a time to work on it.

If you try to take down all of the shutters that need work at the same time, you’ll probably put them in the garage, basement, or other work area. This could lead to confusion about where they go back up and it’s far too easy then to neglect the work that needs to be done.

Instead, only work on one shutter at a time. Take down that shutter, repair it, and then replace it. That way you can deal with any impending winter weather or drop in temperature as it comes without getting too far behind.

3. Replace any old hardware, restore and paint the shutters.

When you have the shutters down, do the work in a warmer room or environment. This will allow you to sand down, repaint, and replace the hardware on them.

When done, you can reinstall the exterior shutter to the house and then move onto the next one.