Buying exterior shutters locally is very common, however there are also many online exterior shutter companies to choose from. Buying exterior shutters online is getting more and more popular because your selection is typically better and prices are typically lower. Some online companies are only marketing companies that resell the shutters while others are factories that build and ship the shutters directly to you. Here are a few tips to help you choose the company you buy exterior shutters from:

1. Take a look at their credentials. There should be an About Us or Contact Us page on the site. You can quickly tell whether the company has just appeared out of nowhere or if they have been in business for awhile. Another good (and more reliable) way to check the length of time the company has been online is by using the internet archive. You should also be able to tell how much knowledge they have about exterior shutters by how the site is structured. Do they have a glossary of terms? Do they have installation instructions? Do they have measuring instructions? Do they have a toll free number? Don't be left in the cold with a company that isn't willing to help.

2. Make sure you know what type of company you are buying from. Take a careful look at the website. Does it say manufacturer or fabricator? If not, you are probably looking at a middle man's website and not the manufacturer. Logic dictates that you can get lower prices from a manufacturer or fabricator than you can from a middle man. If the prices are lower on a middle man's site, you are probably looking at an inferior product.

3. How are the shutters packaged? Shipping damage is very common from exterior shutter companies online. If it doesn't say on the website how the shutters are shipped you might want to call and check. Also, find out what the company policy is for damaged merchandise as custom shutters typically can't be returned.

4. Are they a member of the Better Business Bureau? Companies that are members of the BBB tend to have better reputations than companies with no membership.

Now that we have gone over the basics of choosing the company, here is a listing of common spelling errors for exterior shutters.

Shutters - Shutters are often misspelled as shudders, shuters, shuuters, shetters, shuttes, sutters, or hutters. Often people use combinations of keywords when searching for shutters, such as exterior shudders, window shudders, wood shudders, or house shudders.

Exterior Shutters - Common misspellings for the term exterior shutters are extrior shutters, exterior shudders, exterior sutters, exterial shutters, exterier shutters, and exterior shuttes. Exterior shutters are sometimes referred to as outside shutters, outdoor shutters, or external shutters. Rest assured, all of these phrases mean shutters for the outside of houses.

Decorative Shutters - Decorative Shutters is also commonly misspelled. Often you will see it misspelled as decrative shutters, or decrotive shutters. Sometimes this term is shortened to deco shutters and they are alternatively referred to as ornamental shutters, imitation shutters, synthetic shutters, or faux shutters.

Vinyl Shutters - Vinyl shutters are frequenly misspelled as vinal shutters, vinyle shutters, viynel shutters, vinly shutters, vynil shutters, viny shutters, vinyl shuuters, vinaly shutters, vynal shetters, viynal shutters, or vynal shutters. Vinyl shutters are shutters that commonly are made of a weatherproof polypropelene (poly), polystyrene, or a copolymer, and are often referred to as plastic shutters. Decorative plastic shutters is another common term in use since it is not possible to make operable vinyl shutters because they have a hollow back and the structural integrity of vinyl shutters is not sound enough to mount on operable hinges. Sometimes vinyl shutters are mistakenly referred to as nylon shutters.

Custom Shutters - Custom shutters are sometimes misspelled as custume shutters, custome shutters, or costum shutters. These shutters are sometimes referred to as tailored shutters or perfect shutters because they are typically made to the exact size of your window opening.

Window Shutters - The phrase window shutters is sometimes spelled as wndow shutters, wundow shutters, or wandow shutters, but the term is not misspelled very frequently.

Louver Shutters - Louver shutters or louvered shutters are sometimes spelled as luver shutters or loover shutters. The French spelling for louver shutters is louvre shutters or louvred shutters. Louver shutters are sometimes referred to as slat shutters because they are made as a frame with horizontal slats that sometimes open and close.

Panel Shutters - Panel shutters or paneled shutters come in many different flavors such as raised panel shutters, flat panel shutters (sometimes called classic panel shutters), and solid panel shutters. Panel shutters are sometimes mistakenly spelled panle shutters or panal shutters.

Board and Batten Shutters - Board and batten shutters are very commonly misspelled. Sometimes they are spelled board and batton shutters, bat and batten shutters, or board and baton shutters. Mid-America building products popularized the common misspelling Board-N-Batten by making it a brand name.

Shutter-Loks - Shutter-Loks are one-way plastic fasteners that are used to mount vinyl exterior shutters. While they are not frequently misspelled, people in general don't know what to call them. There are many terms in common use such as "plastic shutter pins", "push pins for shutters", "window shutter plastic clips", "plastic anchors", "press lok for shutters", "shutter plugs", "one way reverse anchor locks", and "shutter locks".

While buying exterior shutters online is extremely popular, we understand if your spelling habits are less than perfect. This is why we have provided this reference for you to help you locate the exterior shutters you are looking for.