Summer Weatherization Tips: Part Nine

Although largely only ornamental in new construction today, for the 200 years between the 1750’s and 1950’s interior and exterior shutters were used commonly to not only protect windows from damage during inclement weather but also for security and to help shield interior areas from direct sunlight while still allowing for air circulation, keeping room temperatures cool in summer. Exterior shutters today have an R-value of between 2.77 to as high as 4.0 – pairing functional exterior shutters with interior shutters or shades will make your home significantly more comfortable.

If reproducing shutters that have been removed from your home for aesthetics or functionality, be sure to research a bit first to find the right size, shape, placement and style that fits best – don’t assume that a standard set from the hardware store work for your home! (If you would like to learn a little more about picking the best shutters for your home, this Instagram account highlights all sorts of examples of well done and not-so well done shutter placements.)

You may be fortunate enough to still have the original shutters for your home and are looking for tips on how to best restore them to their former glory- here are some best practices for shutter restoration projects.

Interested in reproducing or repairing interior shutters for your home? This Old House and Old House Journal both cover the basics to get you started in these two articles.

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