If you're planning to buy shutters for your home, you've got a number of things to consider right off the bat. The style and color of the shutters should definitely match or otherwise complement the exterior of your home, but you'll also need to think about the functionality of the shutters. Many homes have shutters that are mounted in place and do not move, while other homes have shutters that are hinged so that you can close them over the window. There are benefits to both styles, but should you lean toward choosing the latter type of shutters, here are some things to think about.
Benefits of Closing
Perhaps you like the look of shutters when they're open and can't really envision a situation in which you'd close them. It's important to note, however, that there are a few times that you may wish to close the shutters over your windows. A big reason for doing so is during heavy storms. If there are heavy winds that are blowing objects around your neighborhood, something heavy could easily breach your home by breaking a window. With the shutters in place, you'll be protected. Additionally, you may feel more secure shutting your shutters if there happens to be some manner of violent civil unrest in your community, especially if you can lock the shutters closed.
Keeping Them Open
Even if you want the flexibility to be able to close your shutters at any given time, you'll likely keep them open for the most part. In this position, the shutters need to stay open, rather than get caught by the breeze and bang against the house—this will create an irritating noise and may also cause damage. Your shutter retailer can present you with different options for keeping the shutters open. Often, a simple hook on the rear of the shutters can clip to a mounting bracket on the house.
Allowance of Light
Some shutters when closed will completely block out any light from entering through your windows. Others have slits that allow some light to come in. There are advantages to each design, so it's important to look at different models to assess this factor. For example, if you're concerned about a natural disaster but don't want to sit for days in a dark house if the power is out, shutters that allow some light to filter through the slits may be your better choice.