On the exterior of your new home we have talked about trim and windows. Today let's take a look at Shutters. For starters do you realize that shutters go on either the inside of a window or on the outside?
Many designers and decorators like having shutters on the inside as they are usually adjustable and can affect the amount of light that comes in. Obviously the feel of a room can be greatly shaped by the use of interior shutters while also allowing a sense of privacy. These interior shutters are actually window dressings similar to shades, drapes, or curtains. They all serve the same purpose but in their own unique way. Using interior shutters can add a unique element of quality to your new home.
Exterior shutters were originally designed or protect windows from the elements as a result most were on some sort of hinge with decorative iron work to hold everything in place. Having shutters protect windows is something that has somewhat gone away although we will come back to this point shortly. In contemporary construction shutters are placed on either side windows and/or doors primarily as decoration and serve little or no utilitarian use. Shutters are simply attractive. Most shutters today are made of vinyl as they require little or no maintenance. Obviously, there are numerous style and sizes along with dozens of available colors.
The decision to install shutters is a matter of personal preference and whether they look nice or not depends on many variable such as house style, colors, numbers of windows and doors, and so on.
Many people that install shutters do so because the Building Code requires them. Yes, in many areas of the country local and/or state building codes mandate shutters of one type or another. If your new home were in a hurricane prone area the odds are that you would have some sort of window protection. One of the more common types of window protection for hurricanes are steel shutters that can withstand the impact of flying debris. Unfortunately many older homes are torn apart by high winds. Those high winds then hurl debris such as lumber through the air at very high speeds. That flying debris can easily shatter a neighbor's window unless the glass is protected.
Many homes are built using glass that is supposedly shatter proof which means it can withstand one or two severe impacts from flying debris but eventually the glass will fail and be broken. The easiest way to prevent the breaking of the window glass is with the use of Hurricane Proof Shutters. Fortunately we are not confronted with that problem here in Vermont however there are "high wind" areas of the state where special precautions need to be taken while building the home.
Too many local builders are unaware of the warnings that are available concerning high wind. Construction precautions need to be taken, should your new home be located in a high wind area we will use special roof shingles, special siding, and if necessary protective shutters.
Vermont Modular is committed to building a quality home! What starts out as a small decision about the color of shutters on the front of your new home can quickly turn into a discussion of quality and strength.