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Not Sure about Interior Wood Shutters? Try Them in One Room First

Not Sure about Interior Wood ShuttersIf you’ve been considering installing interior wood shutters in your home, you may have certain questions about this home improvement project. For many homeowners this is a significant investment.

It’s not quite on the same level as replacing the windows or doors, but you could spend several hundred dollars for wood shutters over each window or window area.

Even though you might have seen a gallery of pictures that show how great interior shutters can look in many homes, you might have certain questions about the impact they could have in your home. If that’s the case, you can certainly consider purchasing shutters for one specific room, having them installed, and seeing if they truly do offer you the same appeal as those professional pictures in portfolios, flyers, or booklets.

One concern to consider.

If you consider the option of first seeing how interior wood shutters may be once installed in your home, keep in mind that it might increase the overall investment you have to make if you ultimately decide to have shutters installed in the rest of your house. Having shutters installed throughout your house at one time is going to cost less because the installation expert will only need to come out to your home once to do them all.

It’s important to be sure that you’re making the right decision for your home, your family, and your budget. If, after all of your searching, discussions with your family, and careful consideration you still aren’t completely positive that interior wood shutters are ideal for your home, then consider having them installed in just one room for a while. In most cases you will realize incredible benefits they offer.

Before Replacing the Furniture in Your Living Room, Consider Plantation Shutters

before you change your furniture consider plantation shuttersIf you are like a number of Toronto area homeowners and have been thinking about replacing the furniture in your living room because you’re bored with the old-style and interior decor, and you just want something fresh and new, you might not have to make such a drastic change. Consider installing plantation shutters over your windows instead.

What plantation shutters offer.

Any type of interior wood shutters offers a distinctive and contemporary style of window treatment that can enhance the appearance of the entire room. With the right shutters installed properly, they will appear as though they were part of the windows from the beginning.

Speak to any professional and experienced interior designer and you will understand how important it is to focus on window treatments when determining the layout and decor of the rooms in the house.

The window treatments can be blinds, curtains, drapery, and even shutters. If you’ve never had any direct experience with plantation shutters, these are interior wood shutters that have relatively wide slats to provide elegance and style for just about any room in the house. For a living room, a plantation shutter can make the room look and feel more refined and even spacious.

Plantation shutters are also commonly referred to as California shutters, even though they are essentially the same thing. The difference in name only has to do with the shift from the southern portion of the United States in the early 19th century to protecting homes from the Southern California sun during the gold rush years in the mid-19th century.

Plantation shutters in your living room can allow you an incredible amount of light and air control. You can also protect your privacy by using split top shutters where you can open the top half to allow light in or fresh air in the evening and still maintain your privacy.

If you never thought about plantation shutters for your home, visit Canada Custom Shutters to see the wide selection of different styles shutters you could choose from. You can also see how these shutters could completely transform the look and feel of your living room, thus showing you that it’s not necessary to replace your furniture completely.

Steps to Help Determine the Right Window Shutters for Your Home

custom-wood-shutters-torontoThe moment you decide to get shutters for your home, you’ll be met with a number of decisions. Below are a few of steps that can help you decide which shutters are ideal and optimal for your particular home in the Greater Toronto Area.

Not all the steps are going to be necessary for everyone, but we included as many as possible to help you ultimately make the right decision for your home, your family, and your budget.

1. Decide between interior or exterior shutters.

There is a significant difference between interior and exterior shutters, especially in the Greater Toronto Area. Exterior shutters are more about aesthetic appearance and curb appeal than functionality. Interior shutters are designed to be used for both privacy and light control.

Interior shutters tend to be more expensive than exterior ones, but mostly because they perform a different function.

2. Wood or vinyl?

There are numerous vinyl shutters you can choose from, but more often than not they simply look fake and don’t provide the same style that natural wood shutters offer. This holds true for both interior and exterior shutters.

3. Fixed versus operational louvered shutters.

If you want to have complete control over the shutters in your home, then you want operational louvered shutters. This allows you to open and close those louvers to control light that gets into your home as well as privacy.

4. Make sure you get the right size shutters.

Measuring incorrectly can lead to the wrong size shutter for each window in your home. If you don’t know how to properly measure shutters, contact a professional to come to your home, measure every window you’re considering installing shutters on, and you’ll know that once they arrive and are installed that they are the perfect ones.

5. Shape matters.

Especially with exterior shutters, the shape makes a difference. Installing rectangular shutters on arched windows is simply not the right thing to do, but it is becoming the norm because even so-called ‘experienced’ professionals simply don’t understand how the shape of the shutter affects the appearance of the window.

If you have other questions during the early stages of your search for interior or exterior window shutters, contact Canada Custom Shutters.

If You Have the Skills, You Could Build Your Own Plantation Shutters, but There’s an Easier Way to Enjoy this Incredible Window Treatment

do it yourselferThere are millions of people throughout Canada who are considered ‘do-it-yourselfers.’ These people have a tendency to try and build things themselves for their home, fix various issues that arise at home, and much more. They have a tendency to spend countless hours trying to do something rather than call on a professional.

If you are one of these people who consider yourself a do-it-yourselfer, that’s a noble thing. It’s great to be able to use your hands, know how to use tools properly, and take pride in your work. However, if you have been thinking about building your own plantation shutters, you may very well have the skills and equipment to do it, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to save you money in the long run.

The thing you need to consider or seriously think about is the amount of time that it’s going to take to just build one single plantation shutter. This is not like other major home improvement projects. Consider that the average Toronto home has 14 windows. If you plan on covering every single one of those windows with plantation shutters, you’re talking about at least 28 shutters to build.

You may be able to find ‘kits’ that you just have to sand down and paint to your desired color, but then you need to put them together properly and that requires precision. If anything is slightly off, the shutter may not fit perfectly in the window and it may not function properly.

There is an easier way to get plantation shutters installed in your home.

That is to purchase your plantation shutters from an experienced professional. Not only will you know that the plantation shutters you purchase are going to fit, you’ll also have the peace of mind to know they will be installed perfectly and look as though they were part of the house from the very beginning.

There’s No Need to Wait Until Spring for Exterior Shutters

exterior shuttersAny work that you plan to have done on the outside of your house may seem like a warmer weather project. That’s certainly true of some of them, such as painting. If you plan on repainting the exterior of your home, you will definitely need to wait until summer.

If you’re looking at adding exterior shutters to your home or even replacing old, worn out, beaten down looking ones with new, wood shutters, you don’t actually have to wait for the weather to turn warm. You can get that done now.

Winter doesn’t affect exterior shutter work like it does painting.

Paint has to be applied when the surface and air temperature are above a certain mark. If you had your home painted during winter, you would expect a lot of blotching, dripping, and just a plain old mess. In other words, it would look like a disaster.

When adding new exterior shutters or replacing the old, vinyl ones the previous owner thought looked so great, it’s just a matter of installing hardware and securing them to the exterior portion of the house. Sure, it would be cold for the installers, but when you drive around heading to work, to the store, or just out for the afternoon, you’ll likely see a lot of people working outside. It’s part of the world and just because the snow is falling with the temperatures, that doesn’t mean you can’t have certain jobs done during this time of the year.

This is actually a great time of the year to look into interior and exterior shutters. With fewer people looking (because they’re not thinking about it), you won’t have to worry about scheduling the install and you may be able to find some great deals.

So if you’ve been thinking about installing exterior shutters on your home or you’ve thought about how interior shutters might look, visit Canada Custom Shutters. Inside the weather’s always great!

 

An Overview of Common Shutter Terms: O-Z

reasons-to-choose-woodThis is the second part of a two-part series that aims to help those looking into interior or exterior shutters for their Toronto home understand the terminology and options, which will help to ensure that they make the right decision about which type, style, or even size shutters they want in their home.

Below are common shutter terms from O through Z.

Paint. Most people know, generally, what paint is. When it comes to shutters, if you choose vinyl shutters you will be able to choose the color of them, but it won’t have anything to do with paint. There is almost no limit to the colors of paint you can apply to wood shutters, but the most common is some shade of white.

Panel. The panel of a shutter is essentially one entire unit that consists of the frame, slats, top rail, and tilt bar. Most shutters contain more than one panel.

Plantation Shutter. This style of shutter is also commonly referred to as a California shutter. It has generally thick and wide slats and are considered more elegant in style.

Rabbet. This is a cut or groove that is placed along the edge of a stile between multiple panels. The purpose of this is to help reduce the amount of light that can penetrate past the shutters.

Rail. This is a horizontal bar that is situated across the top, center, and bottom of the panel. It essentially composes of what seems to be a frame for the slats.

Shutter Unit. A shutter unit consists of all necessary components that work together in order to cover up an entire window. It will include the frame, top rail, hardware, slats, and everything else of the shutter itself.

Single Tier. Having a single tier shutter means you’ll have one single unit covering the entire window, rather than two or more independent shutter panels.

Square. When measuring windows, you may hear about this term. It basically means that a window is considered square when the difference between the largest and smallest measurement is no more than half a centimeter. That also means that both diagonal measurements for the window will differ by less than half a centimeter as well.

Stile. This is the groove that is commonly found along either side of a shutter panel.

Tilt Bar. This is a vertical bar that is associated near the center of the slats, or louvers, and is used to manipulate those louvers to allow air and sunlight into the room.

Window Jamb. This is the portion of the window opening where the shutters will generally be attached to.

If you have any other questions about terms you here with regard to exterior or interior shutters, contact Canada Custom Shutters.

 

An Overview of Common Shutter Terms: A-M

california-650This article is the first in a two-part series designed to help explain various common shutter terms you may come across when shopping for interior or exterior shutters for your home.

This article contains terms from A through M.

Bottom Rail. This is a portion of the shutter that runs along the bottom. It looks like the bottom part of the frame, but it’s actually called the rail.

Brasswood. This is a type of strong and straight hardwood used in making most shutters.

Café Style. A shutter that only covers the lower portion of a window.

Divider Rail. When you notice the fixed position board between the upper and lower moveable slats, this is called the divider rail.

Double Tier. A window shutter unit that contains and upper and lower portion, both independently functioning of each other.

Finish. The paint or stain of the wood shutter.

Frame. This is used for mounting full height custom style shutters to the outside of a window opening.

Hanging Hinge. This is part of the hardware that connects the shutter to the window frame.

Hang Strip. Usually used on café style shutter units, this vertical strip extends the length of the shutter and is hinged on the outside of the stile. The strip is screwed into the wall or window jamb.

Hardwood. The type of wood that is commonly used for quality shutters.

Height. The length or space between the top of the window opening to the bottom, based on the specific style of shutter being considered.

Hinge. A two-leaf device that allows the shutter to connect to the window frame or jamb that will also allow it to be opened and closed.

Louvre. The moveable (or immoveable, depending on the type of shutter you choose) slat is called the louvre.

Mortise. The outside edge of the shutter that affixes to the window frame is referred to as the mortise.

An Overview of Exterior Shutters

color for shuttersIf you’re in the market for exterior shutters, you’re going to find numerous places where you could purchase them. Whether you purchase from an experienced company like Canada Custom Shutters or a discount retailer, make sure you understand the various options with regard to this potential home improvement project.

Notice the use of the word potential. That’s because, like so many other home improvement projects, the wrong products might not make much of improvement at all. While even the cheapest of exterior shutters will certainly change the appearance of your home, that doesn’t mean they will improve it.

The more you understand why homeowners throughout Toronto still enjoy exterior shutters, even though they are not functional (in most cases), the easier it will be for you to make the right decision regarding your home and family.

The Evolution of Exterior Shutters

Shutters have been around for thousands of years, since ancient Greek times, actually. The more modern wood shutters were made popular throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries as a way for homeowners to protect against inclement weather, the cold, and even to block out direct sunlight during summer.

Some communities throughout the Southern part of the United States still rely on exterior shutters to some degree to help protect against major storms, such as hurricanes and tornadoes (though they will do nothing to actually protect against a direct strike from the latter).

Today, shutters accent a window, but it depends on the type of shutter that is chosen. The popular materials for exterior shutters are wood and vinyl. Wood is more traditional and can add a significant amount of value to a home while vinyl shutters may be made to look like wood shutters, they don’t add any value, other than aesthetic.

Most exterior shutters are going to be fixed, meaning they are non-functional. Interior shutters are commonly functional (able to be opened and closed) and can have a significant impact on the look and feel of any room inside the home.

The color of the exterior shutter is important. It should complement the color of the house. For example, black or dark shutters would be an ideal complement to a white painted or sided house.

Exterior shutters border windows and add an important accessory to the home. It’s akin to wearing jewelry, nice shoes, or a stylish hat with your favorite hat. Now that you know a bit more about exterior shutters, you can make the right decision for your home and family.

 

Looking for a Remedy to Plain, Boring Home Exterior?

exterior-shutters-01Shutters Could be the Answer

It’s no secret that there has been a lot of attention focused on improving ‘curb appeal’ throughout many regions of Ontario and more specifically Toronto. Real estate agents throughout the region will likely discuss issues of curb appeal with home sellers and even homebuyers.

When you take a moment to look at the quality and condition of the exterior of your home, you may notice that it’s relatively boring. You might have decent looking siding, cedar shakes, or even a nicely painted house, but you feel that something is missing. It still doesn’t stand out for you.

Your home might not have any type of exterior shutters and that could leave even the most well maintained home looking a bit drab.

Think about exterior shutters for your Toronto home like accessories for your wardrobe. Perhaps you’re going out to dinner with your spouse and you want to look your absolute best. You get your finest outfit on and then head for the door, right?

Not exactly. Most people will do their hair up nicely, add some jewelry or other accessories that will complement the outfit they are wearing. They do this because without those extras, the outfit, no matter how meticulous it is, will still be plain. It’s like listening to your favorite rock song without drums.

Exterior shutters are not functional, at least not in this part of the world. They add texture to the exterior of the home. They add a specific quality that can enhance the siding, the color of the paint, or even the windows.

So if you have been trying to figure out what might be missing with regard to your home’s exterior, think about wood shutters. Once they are in place, you’ll feel much better pulling into your driveway after a long day at work.

How Shutters Improve Energy Efficiency of Your Home

 

save-money-home-insurance2The battle to keep warm sometimes seems to be never ending when you live in Toronto. Winters roll in far too early and eases its grip far too late. In between, we’re bundling up, adding layers of clothing to stay warm, and keeping the heat down in our house trying to save a bit on those home heating costs.

There are several things homeowners can do to help lower their energy costs (improving the energy efficiency of their home). One is to consider replacing old, drafty windows and doors.

40 percent of your home’s heat escapes through the windows and doors. Having old, outdated, and inefficient windows could be costing you hundreds of dollars every single month. That’s way too much!

Once you have those old windows replaced, you could still benefit by adding one more addition to them: interior wood shutters.

If you’ve ever noticed how much warmer it feels when you walk by drafty windows that are covered by thick drapes or curtains, it’s because there’s an extra layer of defense against the cold. It doesn’t mean the cold isn’t getting into your home and cooling each room inside. It means you don’t feel its impact as directly.

Interior shutters offer better protection against the cold than any curtain, drapery, or other window treatment option. That’s because when those interior wood shutters are closed, the slats are closed, the cold air won’t penetrate into your home as easily. It’s akin to placing a layer of plastic over your windows. It isn’t going to completely solve the cold draft problem you experience, but it certainly is going to help.

Not only do interior shutters protect against the cold to some degree, unlike drapes, they will actually block some of that cold air, rather than simply redirecting it downward.

So if you’ve been looking for a better option with regard to energy efficiency at home, look into interior wood shutters; you’ll save more money on heating costs when you do and in Toronto, that could be quite a bit of money staying in your pocket.