Shutters are a standard decorative element for windows that sit on the outside of a house. Wood and vinyl shutters are the most common. Vinyl is a synthetic material that offers several advantages and disadvantages. More »

The best type of paint for vinyl shutters is Krylon Fusion by Sherwin Williams because it is an exterior plastic spray paint that adheres well to vinyl and hard plastic surfaces, according to This ... More »

Exterior window louvered shutters come with fixed or operable shutters, and they are available in a variety of materials such as wood, vinyl, composite, fiberglass and aluminum. Manufacturers make louvered shutters in he... More »

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