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Shutters for Outdoor Living: 3 Things to Consider

exteriorYou’re standing outside your home on a nice spring morning and looking at your house. You notice that there seems to be something missing and you’re thinking that you might want to install outdoor shutters by the windows.

The condition of your house will have a direct impact on how much you enjoy spending time outdoors during the spring and summer months.

What type of outdoor shutters should you consider? Three things to consider are:

  • What the shutters are made of
  • Functionality
  • Placement (position)

Let’s take a closer look at these three things that you should consider.

Materials of the Shutters

Exterior shutters are generally made from either wood, plastic, or vinyl. Each type of shutter will offer you home something different.

If you’re looking to fill in space next to the windows and aren’t too concerned with quality, you’ll be able to save money with inexpensive plastic shutters. Up close, it will be obvious that these shutters are a lower quality.

If you want something that will last a bit longer than those plastic shutters, but don’t feel that natural wood is worth the investment, you can choose vinyl shutters. These are generally designed to look closer to wood than plastic, and they come in a variety of colors. They are easier to maintain over time, but don’t add much more than plastic shutters would.

Then you have wood shutters. These will add true character to your home. They require more maintenance and cost more up front, but the value that they bring is unmatched.

Functionality

Do you want these shutters to be functional? In other words, do you want to be able to draw them closed? Outdoor shutters used to be fully functional, used to protect the home against severe weather, but today they are not often functional.

However, having functional shutters can offer another line of defense for the homeowner.

Placement

Where your new outdoor shutters are placed can have an impact on whether they fit your home or come across as a bit cumbersome. In order to determine the best placement, you should consult with a professional shutter company or installer.

Choose someone that has a long history of experience working with shutters.

Outdoor shutters can improve not only the appearance of your home, but also its value. When you are considering exterior shutters, contact Canada Custom Shutters.

 

Fixed or Functional Shutters?

Functional ShuttersStandard window shutters come in two types: fixed and functional. Fixed window shutters are mounted on the outside of a home on either side of the windows and cannot be opened or closed. Functional shutters can be and the cost difference is substantial due to the additional cost for hinges, brackets, and installation. Both types either match or contrast the home’s exterior and add to your home’s curb appeal.

Fixed shutters are a decorative addition, nothing more. Since they require fewer materials and hardware to manufacture, fixed shutters typically have a lower price tag than functional ones. They are available in a variety of colors, materials, and sizes to coordinate with your home’s architectural style and color palette.

Functional window shutters have benefits fixed shutters can’t offer: added security and protection from weather, for example. If you live in an active hurricane area for example, functional shutters can help save your windows during a storm. They also insulate your home by helping to keep frigid winter air and hot summer sun outdoors.

Functional shutters also provide security and privacy. Close them and no one can see into your home and while they’re not impenetrable they do add an extra obstacle for would-be burglars. You can install bolt locks on your shutters to supply additional security when they’re closed. Exterior shutters often include a motor, rod or mechanical crank that allows you to conveniently open and close them from indoors.

The addition of outside shutters, whether fixed or functional, adds to the actual and perceived value of your home. They make the front of your home more attractive and inviting, especially when contrasted well in terms of color.

If you want to simply add to your home’s curb appeal, choose fixed shutters. But if you’re looking for protection for your windows and home you need functional shutters. Narrow your search by creating a budget and sticking to it. Compare the construction materials, design, and type of shutter. Also consider your lifestyle and your home’s architectural design when deciding on a shutter style.