So you're interested in an exterior shutters makeover. Your current wood shutters on your house are showing signs of rot and you would like to revamp them. Every 5 or so years it seems like you go through this cycle again and again of getting them replaced and now you're contemplating on an solution. You can easily solve this problem by looking towards PVC as a viable alternative for a guaranteed no rot, virtually maintenance free shutters.
PVC shutters are quickly becoming the modern standard as a functional; guaranteed no rot alternative to wood shutters, which generally last 5 years on average. There is merely a small difference in price, the long-term payoff can be huge to you as a homeowner. The first step needed is to understand a little bit more about PVC shutters. This will help you in moving forward in finally solving your shutter problems. PVC exterior shutters requires special installation that differs from traditional wood shutters. This is partly due to the thermal nature of PVC. This material is currently being used in the industry for exterior trim applications and window boxes. Next you want to secure the shutters to the house. To do this, you need to keep in mind that there are three important differences between PVC and wood:
1. Use vinyl safe paint
2. Use 3-4 hinges for support, not two. (Gives a more decorative look and is more historically accurate)
3. Secure with bracket at top and shutter dog on bottom for the outside portion of shutter. In addition, we place a 2" x 2" metal L-shaped bracket behind the top outside corner and we drill down into the side of the shutter from above and we mount the bracket directly into the brick or siding wall using a screw and an anchor.
If you follow these steps or hire a professional then you can finally enjoy maintenance free shutters that look just like wood when painted without all the worries of wood rotting.