The facade of your home is so important
because it is the first thing you look at when you go home. But our
busy schedule sometimes hinder us from standing still in front of our
house and appreciate the home that we have. The first thing you will
notice are your doors and windows. Take a look at these windows. So figile. Only a sheth of cloths and glass panes stand between you
and the outside world. It could use an extra layer of protection.
Lots of people overlook the wonders of improving the windows of our
homes. It’s more than just a hole to looking through. Old languages
call them “eye holes” or “Wind eye” where the wind meets your
eye. It belongs to the overall aesthetics of your home. Improving it
will upgrade your facade, while enjoying the benefits it provides.
While there are many options for window treatment, shutters are a for
both in- and outdoor to express your style.
When should I install shutters?
the Philippines, our tropical monsoon will have a long dry season
starting November all the way to May. When summer starts around
April, and the weather gets really hot, it will be another months
before it starts to rain. If you have the luxury of planning ahead,
stay away from the rainy season that starts around May. The best time
to install exterior shutters would be the first quarter of the year.
February is a goldilocks zone to do constructions outdoor. It’s
still fairly cold and it’s not quite summer yet. A long way from
the rainy season which gives you the assurance to finish your project
without the inconvenience of the rain disrupting your work schedule.
Types of shutters and materials
Some homeowners opt for exterior shutters that are only decorative and used for the purpose of
improving the overall aesthetic of a house. Exterior shutters are
installed permanently on the side of the home’s windows. These are
either screwed or bolted directly to the surface of the wall, using
spacers to prevent the accumulation of water from rain that may cause
unattractive water marks on the facade.
Functional shutters have many benefits.
It's the first line of protection against typhoon or thunderstorms.
It also serves as an armor against the scorching sun, providing the
option of controlling the amount of light that enters a room. They
will keep the house warm during the colder months and provide your
home with privacy.
For window treatment besides curtains or blinds, some homeowners
choose to have shutters instead. It is a versatile option that work
for both traditional and modern aesthetics. Its purpose is to
regulate light and provide privacy. These window treatments enhance
the look and design of the space.
are lots of variety and options to personalize Interior shutters. A
number of materials from solid panels to glass and fabrics are now an
option to be integrated to your shutter for as long as it can be
mounted on a frame.
a. Board and batten are the
simplest assembly of wood planks placed side by side and attached
with another plank or hardware. These provide the most basic function
of a shutter which is to cover or protect a window. Usually done in a
rustic finish and is generally used for security or protection during
b. Paneled shutters serve the
same purpose of board and batten shutters but with an aesthetic
upgrade. Decorated with moldings similar to cabinet doors and
commonly done with a more refined finish.
c. Louvered shutters A series of
sloping or angled overlapping slats or boards in a fixed position.
Creating a system of slits, designed to allow ventilation or the
admission of light but is capable of excluding rain.
d. Jalousies are louvers
installed with movable slats that could be opened or closed by
pulling on a string or controlled with a lever. technological
advancements also made mechanical or remote controlled jalousies as
options. Here in Manila, it is typical to use jalousies as the main
window. Commonly made with an operable aluminum framing and slats
made with glass.
Solid woods will endure the
outside elements much longer than softer woods that will easily rot.
Finishing the wood will extend their life. Teak Spanish cedar or
mahogany will last longer for exterior uses because they are more
resistant to rot, decay and even problems caused by insects
especially if treated properly because this will reinforce the woods
Fiberglass unlike PVC or vinyl
that may warp or sag in extreme weather conditions, is a reinforced
plastic that makes it a stable material and is not prone to rotting
or twisting. It is comparable to the strength of aluminum but will
Reminders to avoid common
mistakes in installing a shutter
Even if you are installing faux
shutters, the first consideration you have to make is that the size
is appropriate to the window to assure a more authentic look. As if
when closed, it should completely cover the entire window opening.
While you’re at it, it helps if there are also hardwares to
complete its look.
It is necessary to take notice of the
louvers’ direction. Keep the leading edges of the louvers pointing
up. This way, you are sure to keep the rain flow to an outward
direction away from the window when closed.
Put a clearance with enough space to
allow air circulation between the Shutter and siding by using spacers
and other hardwares. Never mount it directly to the surface of the
siding. By giving it ample space, this will avoid the accumulation
of water and debris that can cause premature deterioration of the
For surface mount shutter hinges, it is
best to provide a large offset to deep recessed windows. This creates
a deep shadow line that leads to an unintentional charming effect.
The offset pertains to the measurement of the pivot point and
mounting plate. Larger offsets will have a larger swing or throw. Be
sure to consult this with a professional installer.
If you find that there is a particular
window that is located where an obstruction might be to close to the
shutter that could cause them not to completely open, install the
shutter anyway. Thats right. Install them BOTH nonetheless. Even if
the outcome does not fully open, let this not be a reason for you to
only install a one-sided shutter. If it bothers you that much,
consider if bi-fold option will solve this problem.
Can I install the shutter myself
or should I hire a professional?
There are a lot of tutorials on the
internet. But measuring and installing shutters whether for indoor or
outdoor use, require an advance skill set. There are a lot of
suppliers that accommodating the service of providing shutters from
start to finish. When doing renovations,
It is best to hire an installer or have a professional do it for