The right shutters can boost your curb appeal and make your house the envy of the neighborhood. They’re a major investment, so it’s annoying when the color begins 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. Select the Right Shutter Company
All exterior shutters aren’t identical. Some are ready-made 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 great, quality is key. Factors that impact quality include material, paint and manufacturing location.
Seek an established company with a good reputation of outstanding customer satisfaction. We founded Louver Shop of Kansas City 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 used include:
- Aluminum—strong 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 ideal material depends on your budget, where you live and how you want your house shutters to look. Our Louver Shop of Kansas City design consultants live in your community, so they are knowledgeable about 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 up close without any obligation or pressure to buy.
3. Select the Right Shutter Finish
Whether you want 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:
- Maintains its bright color while resisting discoloration.
- Durable and won’t crack.
- Won’t stain or encourage mildew.
- No toxic fumes.
Quality shutters will also include a performance guarantee, both for workmanship and the paint. Louver Shop of Kansas City shutters are covered 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 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 faded, you can try using an outdoor color restoration product. But in most situations, it might just be time to get better shutters. We’d love to show you why Louver Shop of Kansas City 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. Call us at 888-428-1415 to request your free consultation today.
*Based on a national survey conducted by Vernon Research Group, November 2018.