Answer: It depends!
Of course, wanting to know how long you can expect your shutters to last is a perfectly reasonable question. You're making an investment after all, and you need to know what kind of return is reasonable.
However, the answer isn't as straightforward as you may think. Several factors can affect the longevity of your shutters — like the climate where you live and the material your shutters are made of.
Take wood shutters, for example. If you live in a dry climate, wood shutters can last for more than a decade. However, in wetter climates, wood shutters may be more susceptible to mold, rot, warping or pests. Making your wood shutters last past the decade mark may require upkeep.
Vinyl shutters, while often the least expensive option, don't tend to hold up as well as wood shutters. They can be more likely to warp or sag over time. However, for a shorter term solution, vinyl shutters can work well for smaller windows.
Composite shutters, on the other hand, are built to last for the long-term. Since they're still made primarily of wood material, they can provide an authentic look without any of the risks that wood shutters pose in wetter climates. And with a 10-year extended warranty on our Extira shutters, you can rest assured that you won't have to replace them any time soon.
The ultimate choice depends on your budget and what kind of lifespan you're looking for. But if you want shutters that will last the absolute longest? Then composite is the clear choice.