The right shutters can improve your curb appeal and make your home the envy of the neighborhood. They’re a major 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 tips that will help you choose fade-resistant shutters.
1. Choose the Right Shutter Company
All exterior shutters aren’t the same. Some are ready-made styles manufactured overseas. Others are custom shutters produced here in the USA just for your home. When you’re weighing longevity and keeping your shutters looking their best, quality is key. Factors that influence quality include material, finish and manufacturing location.
Look for an established company with a strong track record of outstanding customer satisfaction. We founded Louver Shop on shutters and have been custom manufacturing them in Gainesville, Georgia, since [[year]]. While we’re proud of our products, we don’t say we’re the best. Our customers do in the hundreds of reviews they’ve written online.
2. Choose the Right Shutter Material
Exterior window shutters come in many different 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 resists expansion.
- Vinyl—most budget-friendly material.
The right material depends on your budget, where you live and how you want your house shutters to look. Our Louver Shop design consultants live in your community, so they understand the conditions and weather you’re up against.
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 up close without any obligation or pressure to buy.
3. Choose the Right Shutter Finish
Whether you want traditional black or eye-catching yellow outdoor shutters, a premium 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:
- Retains its rich color while resisting discoloration and fading.
- Durable 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 workmanship and the paint. Louver Shop shutters are guaranteed against warping, cracking, chipping and peeling.
4. Keep Your Shutters Clean
Dirt, dust and grime can build up on your outdoor window shutters over time and dull their finish. To clean them:
- Add dish soap to a bucket of warm water.
- Use a soft brush to apply the soap and gently scrub.
- Rinse with a hose.
If your shutters have faded, you can try using an outdoor color restoration solution. But in most instances, it might just be time to replace them with higher-quality shutters. We’d love to show you why Louver Shop is the #1 choice* for custom exterior shutters. We make updating your shutters easy, from a simple ordering process to fast production and professional installation. Call us at 888-249-5655 to schedule your free consultation today.
*Based on a national survey conducted by Vernon Research Group, November 2018.