Shutters have been around for centuries, long before glass windows became a common household feature. These sturdy protectors kept unwanted intruders or weather from sneaking in, and warmth or coolness from leaking out.

Today, window technology has replaced the need for shutters’ original purpose, but that doesn’t mean they’re going out of style any time soon! Shutters now act as a wonderful decorative accent for your home’s exterior. As finish carpenters in Ocala, FL, we at Steve Allen are experts at installing the final touches on a home. Here are our tips on choosing shutters that will be the perfect fit.

Style

Is your home more traditional or contemporary? Is it based on a specific historic style? You’ll want to keep the shutters you choose true to the architectural style of your home. Another tip is to pay attention to the styles that already exist in your neighborhood. Picking a shutter style and color that is consistent with the others in your neighborhood will help you out if you ever decide to sell your home.

Size and Placement

Shutter Size and Placement

In general, if you use a pair of shutters for a window, each shutter should be half the size of the window. If only using one shutter, it should be the size of the full window. This helps maintain authenticity, even if the shutters will never actually be used to protect the windows. Shutters that are too small are worse than no shutters at all.

Materials

The most common materials used for shutters are wood, vinyl and composite. Wood shutters are about as authentic as it gets, and have a beautiful finish you just can’t beat. Unfortunately, wood shutters also suffer the most from inclement weather and need frequent repairs. Vinyl, or PVC, shutters are a better option if you don’t want to deal with regular maintenance. Good quality vinyl shutters keep their shape and color longer than traditional wood. Composite shutters are somewhere in-between, as they are often a combination of engineered wood, PVC and fiberglass. With an authentic look and outstanding durability, composite shutters are a great low-maintenance option.

Color

Shutter Color

When choosing your shutters, pick colors that you feel would complement your home’s exterior. For a dark home exterior, try choosing a shutter color that is a few shades lighter. For a lighter home –  you guessed it – go a couple shades darker. If you want to play it safe, black or white shutters go with practically any color home.

With the right shutters, your home’s curb appeal can be second-to-none. If you’d like shutters incorporated into the design of your new home, give us a call at Steve Allen Construction or reach out to us on our contact form. We’d love to add the finishing touches to your home.

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