The right shutters can boost your curb appeal and make your house the envy of the neighborhood. They’re a big investment, so it’s frustrating when the color starts to fade. Most shutter materials can’t be repainted, so they’ll need to be replaced when they get discolored. Here are four hints that will help you select fade-resistant shutters.
1. Choose the Right Shutter Company
All exterior shutters aren’t the same. Some are off-the-shelf styles manufactured overseas. Others are custom shutters created here in the USA just for your house. When you’re considering longevity and keeping your shutters looking their best, quality is key. Factors that impact quality include material, paint and production location.
Seek an established company with a good track record of outstanding customer satisfaction. We founded Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth on shutters and have been custom manufacturing them in Gainesville, Georgia, since [[year]]. While we’re proud of our shutters, we don’t say we’re the best. Our customers do in the hundreds of reviews they’ve written online.
2. Select the Right Shutter Material
Exterior window shutters come in a variety of materials. Some of the most popular include:
- Aluminum—sturdy and some styles are storm rated.
- Composite—looks like wood but lasts twice as long, doesn’t need as much maintenance and won’t rot.
- Fiberglass—lightweight and resists expansion.
- Vinyl—most economical material.
The ideal material depends on your budget, where you live and how you want your house shutters to look. Our Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth design consultants are locals, so they are knowledgeable about the conditions and weather you’re up against.
We’ll help you find the ideal style and material during your free, in-home consultation. You’ll receive expert advice and see product samples up close without any obligation or pressure to purchase.
3. Select the Right Shutter Finish
Whether you want classic black or bright yellow outdoor shutters, a premium finish will keep them gorgeous for years. We use water-based paint on our shutters. Here are just a few benefits of this type of paint:
- Retains its rich color while resisting discoloration.
- Long-lasting and won’t crack.
- Won’t stain or attract mildew.
- No toxic fumes.
Quality shutters will also be backed by a performance guarantee, both for craftmanship and the paint. Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth shutters are guaranteed against warping, cracking, chipping and peeling.
4. Keep Your Shutters Clean
Dirt, dust and grime can accumulate on your outdoor window shutters over the years and dull their finish. To clean them:
- Mix dish soap into a bucket of warm water.
- Use a soft brush to apply the soap and gently scrub.
- Rinse with a hose.
If your shutters have become discolored, you can try using an outdoor color restoration product. But in most instances, it may just be time to replace them with better shutters. We’d love to show you why Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth is the #1 choice* for custom exterior shutters. We make updating your shutters easy, from a streamlined ordering process to quick production and professional installation. Call us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation today.
*Based on a national survey conducted by Vernon Research Group, November 2018.