Shutters for Outdoor Living: 3 Things to Consider

Exterior Shutters

You’re standing outside your home on a nice spring morning and looking at your house. You notice that there seems to be something missing and you’re thinking that you might want to install outdoor shutters by the windows.

The condition of your house will have a direct impact on how much you enjoy spending time outdoors during the spring and summer months.

What type of outdoor shutters should you consider? Three things to consider are:

  • What the shutters are made of
  • Functionality
  • Placement (position)

Let’s take a closer look at these three things that you should consider.

Materials of the Shutters

Exterior shutters are generally made from either wood, plastic, or vinyl. Each type of shutter will offer you home something different.

If you’re looking to fill in space next to the windows and aren’t too concerned with quality, you’ll be able to save money with inexpensive plastic shutters. Up close, it will be obvious that these shutters are a lower quality.

If you want something that will last a bit longer than those plastic shutters, but don’t feel that natural wood is worth the investment, you can choose vinyl shutters. These are generally designed to look closer to wood than plastic, and they come in a variety of colors. They are easier to maintain over time, but don’t add much more than plastic shutters would.

Then you have wood shutters. These will add true character to your home. They require more maintenance and cost more up front, but the value that they bring is unmatched.


Do you want these shutters to be functional? In other words, do you want to be able to draw them closed? Outdoor shutters used to be fully functional, used to protect the home against severe weather, but today they are not often functional.

However, having functional shutters can offer another line of defense for the homeowner.


Where your new outdoor shutters are placed can have an impact on whether they fit your home or come across as a bit cumbersome. In order to determine the best placement, you should consult with a professional shutter company or installer.

Choose someone that has a long history of experience working with shutters.

Outdoor shutters can improve not only the appearance of your home, but also its value. When you are considering exterior shutters, contact Canada Custom Shutters.

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