Choosing The Right Exterior Shutters
Whether you're looking to put your home on the market or you would like to add curb appeal, exterior window treatments can add a classic look without breaking your budget. Available in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes, shutters are one of the easiest ways to add depth and character to the exterior of your home.
Typically, shutters are manufactured using wood, composite, or vinyl. Though vinyl is often the most affordable option, its overall aesthetic is less authentic than wood or composite shutters because of its plastic-like appearance. Another disadvantage to using vinyl shutters is that they are extremely difficult to colour match, as vinyl is not a paintable product. Wood shutters are a stunning option, but are susceptible to rot, especially with exposure to rain, snow and moisture like here in Canada. Composite shutters actually offer advantages over wood shutters such as resistance to splitting, warping, or rotting.
Different shutter styles can add personality to a new or historic home. One of the most commonly used shutters are known as Louvered. Like a plain shutter, this style's clean lines make it suitable for just about any exterior. If you're looking for more of a rustic charm, Tongue & Groove or Board & Batten shutters are the perfect solution!
Tip: Just like interior paint colours, exterior colours shift depending on how the light hits them - if you're not certain about a colour, try buying a quart of paint and applying it on a sample piece of material. View the sample at various times of the day until you're comfortable with your choice!