Shutters are a popular window fashion that add a level of artful decoration and functionality to any home. Shutters vary in type, style, and material to fit any situation or environment. For those that do not know a shutter is a type of window covering such as blinds or shades. They all are used to alter the amount of light let in to a home through windows. Shutters are the most sturdy of all the window coverings which can make it a better option than blinds or shades for outside facing windows. While it may seem simple on the outside shutters have many movable parts not seen unless they are looked at with a critical eye. A great place for custom shutters is L&L Window Fashions.
Shutters are usually custom built around a single or series of windows or doors. Since there are windows or differing shapes and size there must also be shutter to fit them. The first part of the shutter is a piece that is affixed around the window itself. The shutter will hang from this piece so it necessary for it to be secured tightly to a wall. It is helpful to think of this part as a huge frame for the window. Inside this frame the shutter will be installed. The shutter will have another frame inside the larger on attached to the wall. It is usually attached to this larger frame with the use of hinges. This way the shutter can swing out for easy cleaning or opening of the window. Inside the smaller frame are horizontal slats with dowels running through them to bind them to both sides of the small frame while allowing them to move up and down. Several slats will be places on top of each other with large gaps between each one so it is easy to see out of them or let light in. Next a long rod runs down the middle of all the slats facing the interior of the home, connected to each slat by small hooks. This rod allows all the slats to be moved in unison changing the direction of where light enters the home as well as blocking it out completely. Multiple shutters may also be combined together to cover several windows. So much engineering goes into something so simple.
It is important to clean your shutters to keep them looking great throughout the year. With the windows open dust, dirt, and pollen, carried by the wind, can start to form deposits on the slats of your shutters making them more of an eye sore than a beautiful decoration. Fortunately cleaning your shutters is a simple task but doing the job correctly can be a time consuming one. Simply fill a bucket with warm water and dip a soft wash cloth into it. Then individually wipe the top and bottom of each slat in the shutter. When you are finished get a soft towel and dry the slats gently. Do not worry about not getting all the water off as your shutters will air dry easily.