Why Composite is Better Than Wood
More often than not, the main argument used against composite is that it’s not real wood. Well…yeah. That’s true. But you know what’s also true? Composite is better than wood.
Why? We’re so glad you asked.
Thanks to the addition of zinc borate, an EPA-registered biocide, phenolic resins and water repellent, our composite has the ability to resist rot and other wood-destroying organisms. And while it does include these other components, it’s still made of 90% wood fibers, giving it a natural look without the risks of natural wood.
But what does durable really mean, exactly? Well, our Extira composite shutters start with a 10-year limited warranty, but are expected to last much longer.
Rather than depleting resources, our composite is made from wood that has no commercial tinder value and would otherwise go to waste. Plus, with no added urea formaldehyde, they’re compliant with the California Air Resources Board’s Airborne Toxic Control Measures 93120 and contribute to industry green building programs.
Beyond their durability leading to cost-savings over time, composite shutters are also extremely affordable upfront — allowing you to save money in your initial investment and avoid replacing for longer. Plus, you won’t feel like you’re saving money as a concession. Instead, you’ll be able to get the exact look you want for less.
As far as we’re concerned, the only advantage that wood shutters have over composite shutters is the ability to say, “made of 100% wood.” And, as you can tell from the reasons above, that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Get the durable, sustainable, affordable style you want. Shop composite shutters now.
- Shutter Man
3 Reasons to Add Shutters to Your Home
For many people, the exterior of their home is an afterthought. We get it — you spend most of your time enjoying the inside, so it makes sense to prioritize those living spaces. But that doesn’t mean you should forget the exterior altogether.
Plus, adding shutters to your home is a simple, cost-effective upgrade with a big payoff. With one simple choice, you can change the entire look and feel of your home. If you’ve been considering adding or replacing your shutters, here are three reasons it’s a great idea.
Add curb appeal
Shutters give the appearance of depth on your home’s windows and make the exterior look finished, rather than incomplete. This creates a better curb appeal, which is great for establishing your home’s first impression to guests — or even potential buyers one day.
Speaking of potential buyers, shutters are an investment in your home that can add to the overall value if you choose to sell one day — especially when you choose long-term quality. Instead of seeing vacant windows and crunching numbers in their head about how much it will take to add shutters, prospective buyers will be able to cross one concern off their list.
Shutters are a great way to add style and character to the exterior of your home without making a huge commitment, like repainting. With so many styles to choose from, you can embrace subtle details that bring out the true character of your home.
Still not convinced? Browse our popular styles and get inspired.
- Shutter Man
One Surefire Way to Increase Your Home’s Value
Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home any time soon, you still want to make thoughtful decisions that add value to your investment — and that’s exactly what adding or upgrading shutters will do.
Here are the top two reasons why new shutters are a great choice for increasing your home’s value:
- Curb appeal. Depending on the style you choose, shutters can completely change the aesthetic of a home. By making windows look more inviting, your home will make a better first impression to potential buyers before they even step through the front door.
- Long-term quality. Composite and vinyl shutters are built to last. A potential buyer won’t have to worry about weathered wear and tear requiring a replacement just a few years down the line. This could allow you to successfully price your home higher thanks to your smart material choice.
- Efficiency. Functional shutters can actually increase the efficiency of your home by providing an extra layer of insulation. While the majority of shutters on homes today are for appearance only, this could be an appealing benefit, especially if your home is in a particularly cold location.
One thing you definitely don’t want: old, warped and weather shutters to take away from your home value. Not only will they negatively impact the curb appeal, but a potential buyer will take one look and know a replacement job is likely in their future.
If you’d like to increase your home value — but don’t have the budget to add an addition or refinish that basement — shutters are a simple, cost-effective option to improve the appearance and functionality of your home.
- Shutter Man
You Have Your Sample Kit…Now What?
Choosing your shutter material and finish is a big decision — and as nice as images look online, the final product can be difficult to picture. Rather than rely entirely on your imagination, we have a better solution: order a sample kit!
When your kit arrives in the mail, it will include a few practical items to help you make the best shutter decision possible for your home. In addition to our vinyl sample shutter color ring, you’ll also get a sample of composite wood and a swatch with paint options. This allows you to not only feel your potential shutter material, but also hold up sample colors to the siding or brick of your home.
Since there’s a lot of misinformation out there about composite and vinyl shutters, getting a sample to better understand the material is the best way to feel confident in your choice. Even if you’re fairly certain what color choice you’d like for your shutters, spend some time holding the color ring or swatch card up to the outside of your home during different times of day to see how the light effects your preference.
Once you’ve made your choice, here’s a little extra piece of good news: the price of your sample kit will be credited toward the purchase of a full order — essentially making it a free way to gain the information you need. When you look at it that way, there’s really no reason to not start your decision-making process with a sample kit.
Start your shutter buying journey today with the insights and options you need to feel confident in your decision before you buy.
- Shutter Man
Vinyl 101When 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?
- Shutter Man
Breaking It Down: Flat Panel StyleYou’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.
- Shutter Man