Every few months its a good idea to take a stroll around your home. Take stock of all of the little “fix it projects” that you might stumble upon. Windows in a home take up almost as much square footage as the floor and deserve as much if not more attention.
Windows are at eye level for the most part and a focal point. They are the first “thing” we seen when entering a space. Nothing says I need more help than a broken window treatment.
If you have a broken shutter, you may have to decide if it can be fixed. However, generally speaking, there really are only two areas where a shutter may break down.
One is the magnet housing that holds the magnet in place. Most manufacturers use a plastic housing component that are prone to breaking down in the sun after 5 years. Stainless steel magnet systems really stop this from happening. However, if you have this problem, simply take a ride to your nearest hardware store. For about a $1.50, a Phillips screw driver, and 10 minutes, you are good to go.
The other problematic area is the tilt bar that holds the louvers together. Every manufacturer uses a tiny staple that over time can loosen. The only way to fix this is with glue. Shutters are very durable – but like anything, replacement may need to occur.
In 2012, the technology in the manufacturing process is outstanding and shutter manufacturers like Norman Shutters has worked hard to eliminate any problems with tilt bars. They use ¾ heat staples and a good installer should always instruct you how to use and operate your panels of shutters before leaving.
When treated right, shutters are a great investment for your home and window treatments.