Thursday, May 19, 2011

Archive; featured on CBS's Early Show.

Danny Lipford with co-anchor Harry Smith
We found an archive on we did a few years back which featured some of our Exterior Shutter Choices. We decided to post it because we found it to be very informative.

This was a segment featuring Harry Smith and Danny Lipford in how to "Dress Up Your Home With Shutters"

Window Shutters have been around for hundreds of years. In addition to the practical aspects of providing privacy and protection from the elements, there is a wide range to choose from to enhance a home's appearance.

Shutters were originally used on the inside of windows before glass to protect indoors from the elements and pests. In the 19th-century, they slowly made their way to the exterior of homes. People chose to use them not only for protection, but also for decoration. Since then, shutters have come a long way and are now available in a variety of sizes, styles and finishes. 
 Danny Lipford mentioned shutters can be used on the inside and outside of a home. Plus, they can be painted or stained -- depending on the overall look that you want to create.

The following are the shutters that were featured on the show:

Exterior Shutters
Exterior shutters are available in two styles -- fixed and operable. Fixed shutters are those that are attached permanently to the outside of your home. Since the shutters cannot be moved, they simply serve as a decorative feature to your home. Lipford says adding this type of shutter to your home can help increase its curb appeal by adding color and architectural accents. Operable shutters are hinged so that they can close over the glass of your windows. This type of shutter helps ward off intruders, provides protection during storms and protects you from the glare of the sun.

There are numerous options for shutter materials. Lipford highlighted a few of the most popular on the market.

Wood Shutters

Wood Shutters are the most common shutters on the market. They come in a variety of patterns.  If you choose to use wooden outdoor shutters, they must be not only finished correctly, but maintained properly for them to last.
To enhance the look of wooden or composite shutters, many homeowners add shutter hardware. This hardware has evolved over the years into stylish shutter accessories. It is available in many styles and finishes.

Composite Shutters
Provide a great alternative to wood shutters. These shutters, which are virtually maintenance free, are custom manufactured from state-of-the-art PVC and thermally stable fiberglass.

Vinyl Shutters
Vinyl shutters are the most reasonably priced shutters on the market. They are lightweight, easy to install. sells many different types, styles, and even custom made exterior vinyl shutters.
Storm Shutters
For those of you who are concerned about hurricanes or tornadoes, you may want to invest in storm shutters. These aluminum shutters protect glass from high winds and blowing debris. Storm shutters are available in several different types.

Interior Shutters
Interior shutters are becoming more popular with homeowners across the country. Wooden "plantation shutters" with working louvers serve as interior window treatments that allow you to control both light and privacy. This type of shutter can be painted or stained and used on almost any type of window or door.

Lipford says a few of the benefits of wooden plantation shutters are that they require virtually no maintenance, enhance your home's resale value, consist of a one time investment and the insulation and reflecting properties of shutters help conserve heating and cooling costs.

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