The right shutters can improve your exterior and make your home the envy of the neighborhood. They’re a big 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 hints that will help you select 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 created here in the USA just for your house. When you’re weighing longevity and keeping your shutters looking great, quality is most important. Factors that impact quality include material, paint and manufacturing location.
Seek an established company with a good track record of excellent customer satisfaction. We founded Louver Shop of Atlanta 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 left on our website.
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 won’t expand.
- Vinyl—most budget-friendly material.
The ideal material depends on your budget, your location and how you want your house shutters to look. Our Louver Shop of Atlanta 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 from the comfort of your living room with zero obligation or pressure to purchase.
3. Select the Right Shutter Finish
Whether you want classic 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 couple of benefits of this kind of paint:
- Maintains its rich 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 Atlanta 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 paint. 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 become discolored, 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 Atlanta is the #1 choice* for custom exterior shutters. We make upgrading your shutters easy, from a streamlined ordering process to fast production and professional installation. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation today.
*Based on a national survey conducted by Vernon Research Group, November 2018.