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Vinyl 101

Vinyl 101

When choosing a material for your home’s shutters, you need to understand the pros and cons of every option. Which leads us to an important question: what is vinyl, anyway?
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Breaking It Down: Flat Panel Style

Breaking It Down: Flat Panel Style

You’ve made a decision: you want flat panel shutters. Congrats! However, there are a few more stylistic decisions to make in order to ensure you get the exact right shutters for you. Let’s break it down.
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Product Spotlight: Flat Panel Shutters

Product Spotlight: Flat Panel Shutters

Choosing your shutter style can often feel like an overwhelming decision. While it can be a challenge to know what will look right on your home before you purchase, the more you know about your choices, the more confident you’ll be when making a decision. That’s why today, we’re spotlighting one particular style: flat panel shutters.

Flat panel shutters generally include one, two or three panels that are — you guess it — flat instead of raised. This subtle texture adds a delicate shadowing to your shutters, while still maintaining a classic look. Unlike other styles, the flat panel is understated. By choosing the flat panel, you can flank your windows with a shutter that blends, while still complementing your home.

While other styles — like board and batten or louver, for example — do more with lines and shadows, flat panel shutters keep it simple and traditional. This style is a safe bet for someone who prefers minimalist décor, because you’ll never have to worry about the flat panel going out of style.

Whether you choose one or two flat panels, or if you decide to mix it up and combine styles (maybe louver over flat panel, for instance?), it’s important to find a shutter that will speak to your home’s personal style for many years to come. When in doubt, use what you’ve learned about flat panel shutters today, then listen to your instincts.

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What Does Composite Really Mean?

There are some common misconceptions about composite shutters — and we’re here to set the record straight.

Often, when people hear the term “composite board,” they interpret it to mean “fake wood.” However, this is an oversimplification of a product that comes with several key advantages.

Instead of “fake wood,” think of composite as “engineered wood.” It’s made primarily of wood fiber and plastic content, but also includes ultraviolet inhibitors, pigments and borate preservatives. Because composite board is a man-made material, it’s been optimized to improve on many of wood’s shortcomings.

For starters, most types of composite are actually more durable than wood, making them a smarter, weather-safe choice for exterior shutters. Unlike wood that can warp over time with exposure to the elements, composite holds its shape. It’s also more sustainable because the manufacturing process can use recycled materials. Plus, thanks to the easy production and durability, products made from composite are typically more cost effective. To top it off, composite board material is more easily customized, with a variety of colors and textures available.

So, to sum it up, composite board is:

  • Durable
  • Cost-effective
  • Sustainable
  • Customizable

That’s a pretty good list. Next time someone tries to tell you that composite board is just “fake wood,” you’ll know the truth. It might be engineered — but those man-made properties make it the superior choice in many situations.

View our selection of composite shutters.

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Louvered Exterior Shutters

One of the more popular choices for windows, a louver series shutter is simply a shutter constructed with overlapping uniform slats set into a frame.

Inspired by early shutter design, the horizontal slats were angled to admit light and air, but to keep out rain and direct sunshine. Louver shutters create a detailed design and add a more defined look to your home.

Monument's louvered exterior shutter series complements many home styles – from contemporary to historic and can be ordered easily online


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