The right shutters can boost your exterior and make your house the envy of the neighborhood. They’re a big investment, so it’s frustrating when the color begins to fade. Most shutter materials can’t be repainted, so they’ll need to be replaced when they fade. Here are four tips that will help you select fade-resistant shutters.
1. Choose the Right Shutter Company
All exterior shutters aren’t identical. Some are ready-made styles manufactured overseas. Others are custom shutters produced here in the USA just for your house. When you’re weighing longevity and keeping your shutters looking their best, quality is key. Factors that influence quality include material, finish and production location.
Look for an established company with a strong track record of outstanding customer satisfaction. We founded Louver Shop of South Georgia 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 number one. Our customers do in the hundreds of reviews they’ve left online.
2. Choose the Right Shutter Material
Exterior window shutters come in many different materials. Some of the most popular include:
- Aluminum—strong 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 budget-friendly material.
The ideal material depends on your budget, where you live and how you want your house shutters to look. Our Louver Shop of South Georgia design consultants live in your community, so they understand the conditions and weather you face.
We’ll help you find 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 traditional black or eye-catching yellow outdoor shutters, a superior finish will keep them beautiful for years. We use water-based paint on our shutters. Here are just a few benefits of this type of paint:
- Maintains its bright color while resisting discoloration.
- Long-lasting and won’t crack.
- Won’t stain or encourage mildew.
- No toxic fumes.
Quality shutters will also come with a performance guarantee, both for craftmanship and the paint. Louver Shop of South Georgia 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 time and dull their paint. 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 get higher-quality shutters. We’d love to show you why Louver Shop of South Georgia is the #1 option* for custom exterior shutters. We make updating your shutters stress-free, from a simple ordering process to fast 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.