When compared to working with wood, maintaining vinyl house shutters is an absolute breeze, but it’s still a considerable amount of work on a large house. Luckily, it only has to be done once every year or two! In this post, I want to show you some of the basics of vinyl shutter maintenance and why it should be done regularly.
Since vinyl shutters are essentially made from a plastic-like material and are fairly durable, their maintenance is comprised basically of just cleaning them every year or two and repainting them every five years or more (or just before they start looking bad). Depending on the quality of the vinyl used in manufacturing the shutters, you may not need to paint them very often to keep them looking good and will only need to clean them.
In order to thoroughly clean the shutters, you are going to need a ladder if your house has multiple stories, the necessary tools to take the shutters off, a brush, a hose, and soapy water. It is important that you take the vinyl shutters off of the house periodically so that you can clear out whatever gunk and spiders are making their home behind them. This helps the shutters last longer and prevents pests from breeding around your windows – an easy entry point into your home. Cleaning the actual shutters is just like washing a car with soap and a hose and is a very easy task.
When cleaning your vinyl shutters, check for any cracks, chips, or other problems in the finish. With painted vinyl, one small problem like a chip can quickly grow into major parts of the finish flaking off. This does not happen often, but if it gets banged up by the weather, it can turn into a much larger problem. If there are chips and cracks, either repair or replace them soon to prevent them from getting worse.
Shutters are a pretty large investment in your home’s appearance and it is important to take the necessary steps to make sure that they last as long as the home does. It is incredibly easier to keep vinyl shutters well maintained and looking good than it is to try to refinish wood shutters, but vinyl shutter maintenance should still be done on a regular basis. By doing so, you will keep your shutters, and home, looking their best and will extend the life of your shutters as well.