Re-Define Your Curb Appeal with Exterior Shutters

Exterior shutters add charm and curb appeal to any home. Therefore, when it comes to making a decision, you’ll want to take your time, weigh your options and choose wisely. But before we get into that, let’s see why you should add exterior shutters to your home. Here are some of the advantages:

  • Protection’s focus is on decorative shutters, most are not functional (meaning that they are secured in place and don’t open or close) while some are installed with functionality (they can open or close) but they are not for protection or safety. Storm shutters better fit this description but are not sold on this site.

  • Decor

Exterior shutters look lovely on windows and doors and add extra character and curb appeal.

  • Easy installation and use

Shutters can be designed as operational so they can be opened and closed as desired, or as decorative, so they will be fastened to the sides of the windows providing a permanently opened appeal. Shutter installation is a great DIY project and can be handled in a few hours by an experienced do-it-yourselfer or you may hire a handyman.

  • Long term investment returns

Shutters provide a home an elegant appeal and are a great way to add color accents. Long lasting and durable, shutters will give your house curb appeal for years to come.

  • Low Maintenance

Shutters can be easily cleaned, wiped and polished to shine for many years. Composite and aluminum shutters will hold their color and form for many years with very little need for maintenance.

There are many types, colors and designs of shutters to choose from. However, one of the most important decisions you will need to make is the choice of material. Exterior shutters come in several materials. Which one should you choose? Here’s a helpful list with pros and cons of each type of material.

Vinyl Shutters

Vinyl exterior shutters are a popular choice because they are budget-friendly and look appealing. They are easy to clean and maintain, and available in many colors and styles. These are a great choice if you’re on a budget and want exterior shutters that not only look nice but are easy to clean and maintain. Vinyl exterior shutters do not endure the elements of the environment as well as wood shutters. If maintained well, they can last up to 10 years. Colors and designs are plenty, and some vinyl shutters can be made to look like real wood, but are not functional and are only cosmetic.

Composite Shutters

There are two types of composite shutters. One with wood as it’s base component and another with a PVC material at its core. Both materials offer a beautiful, long-lasting, low-maintenance alternative to real wood shutters. They both hold paint very well and hold their beauty for many years. The PVC varieties can be found on upscale homes and are often used as replacement shutters on homes in historical districts. The wood based, or Extira composite shutter is a more economical option than the PVC based. Both styles can be designed in decorative or operational styles depending upon your need. There are endless possibilities in design, style, color and customization.

Wood Shutters

There is old-time charm to using authentic wood. If you like the traditional wood shutters, popular choices are red cedar and cypress. These long-lasting, classic exterior shutters are available in functional or decorative configurations. These are milled from whole stock pieces so the grain will match from component to component. Stained or painted, or simply use it in its natural color and your guaranteed to add character and warmth to your home.

Aluminum Shutters

For its combination of low maintenance, functionality, economy and good looks aluminum shutters may be your perfect choice. Available in limitless colors and styles to match your décor, this durable product provides years of charm and is available in decorative and operational styles.

In addition, the points to consider when deciding on which shutter to get include easy operability, climatic conditions, safety features, DIY possibilities, lighting conditions, color and decor and of course, affordability.

Shutters are available in designs like louvered, flat or raised panel, bahama style, open & closed board battens or even cutouts which can be designed to your distinct individual taste. Each of these comes in a material of your choice to make those decisions easier and more suited to your home. Manufacturers are happy to customize a product and have it delivered to you for the final touches. Opt for the classic louvered style shutter or a rustic open board batten in wood or long lasting vinyl and with a buyer’s guide you can have them up in just a few hours.