There’s no denying that wood-framed shutters are a very effective piece of home decor, especially in warm weather.
But there are a few things to consider before we give the old-school style a try.
First, a lot of these types of shutters were actually built decades ago, so they may have some wear and tear.
In that case, consider them to be a waste of money.
Second, the type of wood they’re made of isn’t necessarily the best choice.
They’re not as heavy as steel or stainless steel, and their construction can leave them vulnerable to cracking.
Third, and most importantly, they don’t last very long.
That’s because they’re built to be used for a particular purpose, and it’s hard to replace those pieces if you don’t know what you’re doing.
The best solution, then, is to buy wood shutters that are made from a variety of materials that will last longer than the one you’re going to use them for.
Here are the best options for building your own wooden shutter:1.
A wood frame is the best option.
While you could buy a box of wooden shutches from the hardware store, you’re still going to have to do the work yourself.
In fact, it’s more important that you do than the price, says Bob Zemek, owner of Zemeks Hardware.
“You need a sturdy wood frame to stand up to the weather,” he says.2.
A metal shutter works too.
You can buy a metal shutters for around $50 or $100 at home improvement stores, Zemes says.
“I like the look of metal shutts because they look like metal,” he adds.
“They’re more robust than metal shut the doors.
They look better and they last longer.”3.
A vinyl shutter is a great option.
It’s a good option because it’s made of vinyl and is easier to tear down, Zomke says.
You could also use a vinyl shutters from a craft store or craftsman.
“Vinyl is lighter than metal, which is what makes it easier to get apart and take apart,” Zemk says.4.
A foamboard or vinyl roof is a good alternative.
“If you have a roof, you can put a foamboard under the shutters and the wood will take care of the rest,” Zems says.
Wood shutters have an excellent durability and are durable enough to hold up for decades.
They can even last for several years, he adds, but they need to be replaced periodically.5.
A sheet metal shuttering works better than a plastic one.
“A plastic shutter will crack if you leave it out in the sun,” Zomk says, adding that metal shutting will get damaged by sun exposure.
But plastic shutters can get cracked if left out in open weather, which Zemke says is the biggest downside to wood shutting.6.
A steel shutter with a locking device works better.
“In the winter, steel shutters will have a metal spring that will pop out if you’re not careful,” Zemaks says.
The locking device should be on a metal plate to prevent the spring from breaking.
“But if you put the lock on the steel shuttles, the steel spring will still be there and will be able to pop out,” Zemeek adds.
If you want to use a locking system, look for one that includes a spring and lock, Zems adds.