Some wood shutters are functional, some are simply decorative. Decorative shutters are high-maintenance items. The wood dries and cracks from heat and direct sunlight, or the wood rots from excessive moisture. Wood shutters must be regularly sanded and painted, and eventually they must be replaced. If your renovation includes a plan to replace your old wood shutters, you can save money on the initial purchase and on long-term maintenance by replacing them with vinyl shutters. Vinyl shutters are available in a variety of sizes, designs and colors. You can probably match most any shutter style you need to replace. They are lighter and easier to install, and they require very little maintenance. Choosing vinyl replacement shutters will save money at the time of purchase, and they will save your time and money by needing no maintenance.

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