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Adding exterior shutters to your home can be a great decision. Not only do they look amazing, but they instantly boost curb appeal AND, depending on the installation type, can be functional! If you don’t know a lot about shutters, we’ve gathered some frequently asked questions about adding shutters to homes.
You’ve probably seen a lot of different shutter styles and haven’t even noticed. Some of the most popular styles are panel, louver, board & batten, and even combinations of two different styles. Some of these go with certain architectural styles of homes. For instance, colonial homes look great with panel and louver shutters whereas farmhouse and cottage-inspired homes look phenomenal with board & batten shutters. Pinterest and Instagram are great places to start getting inspiration for your home style.
Exterior shutters are mounted to both sides of windows and depending on a few things, they can either be fixed mounted or installed with functional shutter hardware. Fixed mount shutters are just that; they’re installed directly onto your home’s facade and can be dressed up with decorative shutter hardware. Depending on your home’s window casing and exterior material, you can install functional shutter hinges for added flair!
This has been a tricky decision for many people over the years. Though it’s obviously personal preference, exterior shutters look the best when they’re proportional to each window and there’s enough space to install them. If you want a uniform look and your home has somewhat standard-sized windows, the more the merrier. Take a stroll around the outside of your home to see which windows would love the company of exterior shutters!
Depending on your budget and the climate your home resides in, some shutter materials may favor better for you long-term over others. Vinyl shutters, for instance, are an entry-level option that typically fades and warps quicker than other materials which can lead to unwanted maintenance or even replacement. One of the most popular options is composite wood shutters which are durable, can be customized in an array of ways, and are a great investment for your home.