Shutters can make or break your home’s curb appeal, so it makes sense to keep them in ship-shape. Additionally, well maintained shutters last longer — meaning a little time and effort invested can save you from needlessly purchasing new ones before it’s time.
Wondering what exactly will extend the lifespan of your shutters? You’re in the right place! Ahead, our top tips for increasing shutter longevity.
1. Invest in the best quality from the start.
When it comes to shutters that last, now is not the time to cut corners and go for the cheapest option on the market. You want high quality, professionally treated shutters for ultimate durability. Even if your shutters are purely for aesthetic purposes and not for closing over your windows to protect them during a storm, you shouldn't skimp on quality. After all, they’ll still be exposed to the elements year-round!
2. Ensure proper installation.
The shape and condition of your shutters years in the future actually begins the moment that they’re installed. Always strictly adhere to the instructions from the shutter manufacturer, or damage may be done during installation that will impact how long they last. If you don’t consider yourself a handyman or handywoman, consider hiring a professional to get the job done. Remember: An investment up front can save you from dealing with damage and repair down the road.
3. Regularly clean your shutters.
Even the finest materials don’t typically love staying dirty or damp. At least once a year, and especially after particularly rainy seasons, clean your shutters to remove any debris, standing water, and other unwanted grime. All you really need is to dust them off with a dry cloth — nothing fancy required here!
4. Give them a check-up while you’re wiping them off.
Regular maintenance includes giving your shutters a good once-over to make sure there is no visible damage or dings. A problem spotted early can save you a major headache later on! Part of this protection comes from common sense; try your best to avoid having ladders, limbs, or other items (like your child’s stray baseball!) hit your shutters. Whenever you’re trimming hedges or cleaning the gutters, take care to not knock your shutters.
Of course, you’ll need to consider your particular environment when selecting your shutters and determining what will give you the most bang for your buck. For unbeatable durability and quality, check out our Composite Shutters. Ours are built from Extira® Composite material using a patented and proprietary manufacturing process for superior performance. This collection comes in a wide variety of colors and shapes, and offers long-lasting protection from wear and tear — all at an approachable price.