Have you given any thought recently to the look of your windows? Inside and out, windows are an important functional decorative element of your home. Shutters can be just the right addition to really make them stand out.
If you’re considering installing shutters, you may not know where to start. There are many styles and materials to choose from. As an investment, you want to make sure you’re making the right choice. Here’s our guide to how you can choose the right shutters for your home.
The Benefits Of Shutters
If you’ve been considering shutters, it’s likely you’ve been thinking about them for two reasons; curb appeal or functionality. These are the major benefits of adding shutters to your home.
“If you’re considering adding window shutters to your home you should take note whether or not you want them to be functional or you’re simply looking for an accessory to help curb appeal,” Dave Cook said, Feldco Windows Siding and Doors spokesperson. “Homeowners should invest in functional shutters if they’re looking for an extra layer of privacy or need added protection from strong winds and storms, especially for coastal homes. Stationary shutters are a great investment as well because they’ll boost your home’s curb appeal which will result in increased value as well. “
nterior Vs. Exterior Shutters For Windows
The first choice you’ll have to make is if you want your shutters inside or outside of your home. Both have pros and cons.
If you’re looking for a window treatment that’s long lasting and can easily add privacy to your room, interior shutters are for you. They are a great alternative to traditional blinds or curtains and do a great job blocking out the light. A downside is that they do not add to the curb appeal of your home.
Exterior shutters can either be stationary or functional. Both serve a different purpose. Functional shutters can also block light and protect your windows from the elements, while stationary shutters can add a detail that pops when it comes to curb appeal. However, because these types of shutters are exposed to weather conditions, you may need to maintain them more often.
Types Of Window Shutters
Once you’ve decided where your shutters will go and the purpose, it’s time to start thinking about what type you’ll choose. Here are a few popular materials and styles:
Wood Window Shutters
If you’re looking for a traditional look, wood window shutters will never go out of style. They are a great material for any purpose indoors and out. The average cost of wood shutters (materials only) is between $78 and $95.
While it’s popular to paint or stain your shutters, both pine and cedar window shutters are popular options among homeowners.
Composite Window Shutters
If you’re looking for a great way to spruce up your curb appeal, composite shutters will help. They stand up better to the elements because they are a mix of materials. It’s unlikely that they will rot or warp as wood shutters might. However, you may have to pay closer attention to what the composite is made of to fit your exact needs. The average cost of composite shutters is between $216 and $313.
Best for the interior, plantation shutters give a classy look to any room while easily blocking out light and adding privacy. This style of shutter is built into the window frame with wide slats that move up and down, instead of the shutter itself moving in and out. They are a beautiful addition to any room.
Most plantation shutters are made to fit the window out of basswood. The average cost of plantation shutters is between $3.33 and $4.70 per board feet of basswood.
Window Security Shutters
If you’re looking for a shutter option to protect your windows from the elements, such as severe storms or hurricanes, roll down or security shutters are a great investment. These fully cover your windows, so you have complete privacy and security. Costs of security shutters can vary depending on the material you choose and the size of the window you’ll be covering.
Window Shutter Maintenance
Depending on where your shutters are located and the material they’re made out of, you may have less maintenance to worry about. Indoor shutters tend to take less maintenance than exterior shutters. It’s likely they’ll need to be cleaned weekly, but will only require repairs as needed. When it comes to outdoor maintenance, the material will determine the work.
“Vinyl window shutters should be treated like vinyl windows. Since they’re so low maintenance, you can use soap or vinegar and water to break away stuck-on dirt and grime,” Cook said. “Wood shutters are a little different. Since absorbing moisture can cause the shutters to warp and rot, you need to be very careful if they’re in damp rooms. Also, wood needs to be painted and stained every few years. Otherwise they’ll begin to look worn and dull. “
If you’re in need of a repair, you should contact a pro who can help get them back into working condition.