Exterior shutters can greatly increase the curb appeal of your home, which can be particularly useful if you're trying to attract buyers. However, choosing the right shutters can be challenging because there are so many different styles and materials available. If you're looking to give the outside of your home a minor facelift, here are two tips for picking the perfect shutters to do the job.
Decide If You Want Functional or Decorative
One of the first things you need to decide is whether you want the shutters to just be decoration or if you want them to actually work like traditional shutters. The only purpose of decorative shutters is to make the home look nice. However, functional shutters can actually close and provide additional protection to windows in the event of a harsh or severe storm.
Decorative shutters can be any size and purchased in any materials, which means you can get them for fairly cheap. Conversely, functional shutters must be crafted so they're taller than the window (so they can completely cover them) and must be made from storm-resistant materials. If you live in a storm-prone area, though, investing in functional shutters may let you ask for more money from potential homebuyers. At the very least, you may get a discount on your homeowner's insurance policy since functional shutters reduce the risk of window damage and claims to your policy.
Determine If You Have Time to Perform Maintenance
Shutters can be made in a wide variety of materials, including wood, vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum. Different materials require different levels of maintenance to keep them looking and functioning well. For instance, wood shutters look fantastic on a home's exterior and are perfect for historical and rustic homes. However, wood must be repainted and coated with a sealant on a regular basis to keep it from deteriorating.
On the other hand, vinyl and fiberglass shutters tend to require nothing more than a regular washing to get rid of any visible dirt. You may be limited in the style and color you can get for your home, though, depending on who you purchase the shutters from.
It's important to consider both your budget and your calendar when deciding which type of material is best for you. If you don't want to be bothered with maintaining the shutters, then choose a low-maintenance material or be prepared to pay someone to take care of the shutters for you.
To learn more about your options, contact a local shutter contractor.