When considering your Middle TN home’s curb appeal, exterior shutters are at the top of the list. The right shutters can bring light, beauty, and distinction to your house and can increase the value of your home. The wrong shutters, or those that are old and worn, can make your residence look shabby or ill-proportioned. If that’s the case, it may be time for you to consider replacing your home’s exterior shutters.
Not sure if that’s the right next step for you? Here, find 4 scenarios that call for replacing your exterior shutters.
- Your shutters have reached the end of their lifecycle.
We’ve all experienced what happens when the dishwasher, backyard fence, or roof is past its prime and gives up the ghost. In a similar way, there will come a time when your exterior shutters are simply too old to perform well. If your shutters are vinyl, direct sunlight will cause them to fade and eventually become brittle and fall apart. Wooden shutters may be extensively cracked or rotted through. In this case, it’s time to breathe some new life into your home’s appearance by replacing those old shutters. Only have one or two shutters that need replacing? Advantage Shutters specializes in replication of existing shutter styles to match current shutters.
- You’ve installed new replacement windows.
It’s not a requirement to get new shutters when you have new replacement windows installed. However, many homeowners opt to go this route to avoid pairing brand new windows with older, worn-out window coverings. If there is an obvious discordance between the two, it is definitely time to consider replacement shutters that match the overall look and feel of your home.
- Your shutters are the improper size or shape for your house.
If your home’s original shutter installer made what is a very common mistake, your shutters may be the wrong size for your windows. When looking at a window/shutter combination, your mind sees it as one shape and intuits the way it should look; namely, if both shutters were to be closed, they would completely and perfectly cover the window. Therefore, even decorative shutters should be held to this rule: the width of each shutter should be one half the width of the window, while the height should equal the height of the glass (NOT the height of the window plus its casing). If your shutters are too wide, too narrow, or too long for your windows, it’s time to replace them.
Similarly, you may have rectangular shutters beside an arched window (a more common mistake than you may think). If you have any arched or other non-rectangular shaped windows, you require custom-designed, well-crafted shutters to perfectly fit the shape of the glass.
- Your shutters are outdated (in all the wrong ways).
If you own a historic home, of course, you want old-fashioned shutters to match! What you don’t want, though, are shutters that were clearly manufactured in the 1980s on your turn-of-the-century remodel. If your shutters are showing their age in all the wrong ways, it’s definitely time to get window treatments custom-made to complement the look of your home. The visible difference will astound you.
Advantage Shutters is here for your replacement and repair needs!
We are Middle TN’s trusted source for custom wooden shutters. With over three decades of experience, our beloved employees know how to get it right when it comes to upgrading the look and feel of your home. Whether your existing shutters just need some TLC or you are in the market for something completely new, we are here for you. Get in touch today for your complimentary consultation with our wooden shutters experts.