The Challenges of Repairing Shutters Yourself

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There are many home improvement projects that homeowners enjoy doing themselves. It’s one of the reasons why major home improvement companies have become so successful. When it comes to shutters, repairing them might appear simple on the surface, but they can be tricky.

The Construction of Shutters

Looking at any type of shutter might cause you to believe that they are simple. However, it depends on the materials they are made from to determine how challenging the repairs will be.

Vinyl shutters are considered more durable, though they have a less attractive appearance. Repairing vinyl shutters also poses some interesting challenges.

First, you would need to find the exact replacement parts if something is broken. For example, if the slat is broken, you need to find the exact replacement part, including the color. Yet if the shutters are exposed to sunlight, they will fade over time and factory direct replacement slats or parts are not likely going to match exactly.

For wood shutters, you don’t need to worry as much about the color, but the type of wood, and the grain, can make a difference. Wood shutters are much easier to pain than vinyl, and they simply look better as well.

The Components of Shutters

Any type of shutter is composed of various parts, all designed to integrate together so that they can be opened easily and comfortably. If you need to replace the rod, then you will need to ensure that the slats remain in place. You also want to be certain that the rod, when closed, fits precisely in the mouse hole at the bottom so that the shutter closes flush.

Shutter repair can be frustrating if you have never worked with these types of window treatments. Just because the shutters are broken, that doesn’t mean they need to be replaced, though.

Wood shutters of just about any style, type, and even age can usually be repaired for less than it would cost to purchase brand new wood shutters. Vinyl shutters might cost less to replace than the repair, depending on the type of shutter.

Fixed shutters will generally be much easier to repair than functional ones. If you have any concerns about your shutters that need repair, contact Canada Custom Shutters.

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