The right shutters can improve your exterior and make your home the envy of the neighborhood. They’re a big investment, so it’s frustrating when the color starts to fade. The majority of shutter materials can’t be refinished, so they’ll need to be replaced when they fade. Here are four hints that will help you select fade-resistant shutters.
1. Select the Right Shutter Company
All exterior shutters aren’t identical. Some are off-the-shelf styles made overseas. Others are custom shutters created here in the USA just for your house. When you’re weighing longevity and keeping your shutters looking their best, quality is most important. Factors that influence quality include material, finish and manufacturing location.
Seek an established company with a solid reputation of outstanding customer satisfaction. We established Louver Shop of Austin on shutters and have been custom producing 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, needs less maintenance and won’t rot.
- Fiberglass—lightweight and won’t expand.
- Vinyl—most budget-friendly material.
The right material depends on your budget, your location and how you want your house shutters to look. Our Louver Shop of Austin design consultants are locals, so they understand the conditions and weather you face.
We’ll help you choose the right style and material during your free, in-home consultation. You’ll receive expert advice and see product samples from the comfort of your living room with zero obligation or pressure to purchase.
3. Choose the Right Shutter Finish
Whether you are looking for classic black or eye-catching yellow outdoor shutters, a premium finish will keep them gorgeous for years. We use water-based paint on our shutters. Here are just a couple of benefits of this kind of paint:
- Retains its bright color while resisting discoloration.
- Long-lasting and won’t crack.
- Won’t stain or attract mildew.
- No harmful fumes.
Quality shutters will also come with a performance guarantee, both for workmanship and the paint. Louver Shop of Austin 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 situations, it may just be time to get higher-quality shutters. We’d love to show you why Louver Shop of Austin is the #1 option* for custom exterior shutters. We make updating your shutters stress-free, from a simple ordering process to quick production and professional installation. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to request your free consultation today.
*Based on a national survey conducted by Vernon Research Group, November 2018.