How Long Can Exterior Shutters Last?

When you invest in high-quality, personalized plantation shutters for your home, they are likely to last for 50 years or more. Wooden blinds are relatively durable and can be repainted, so you can expect to go 10 to 20 years without needing to replace them. However, they are more vulnerable to rot, termites, and moisture damage compared to other window treatments. With proper care, blinds can last up to 20 years, making them a bright and long-lasting addition to your home.

We can provide advice on how to care for your blinds once they have been installed, as following these basic maintenance instructions can ensure that your blinds are a long-term addition to any room in which they are installed. Although today blinds are considered decorative items for the home, rather than essential window coverings, there is still a “right” and “wrong” way to install them. This ideal care consists of cleaning the blinds with a slightly damp cloth, using high-quality dusters such as ostrich feathers, and avoiding using chemicals, aerosols or anything else directly on the blind, as this can damage existing protective finishes. When it comes to choosing outdoor blinds, there are many different types available and a lot of decisions must be made. Blinds that are made of real wood are more energy efficient and durable than vinyl exterior shutters.

Prefabricated outdoor blinds are difficult to identify when searching a catalog or browsing a website, and manufacturers certainly won't advertise that they have reduced expenses in manufacturing their products, so you should be very careful when selecting your wooden blinds. Vinyl blinds are perhaps the least maintenance blinds out there, because they don't warp, rot, or attract termites. The increase in energy costs and the frequency with which blinds must be replaced often end up costing more than the total cost of installing real wood exterior blinds. Outdoor blinds fall into two basic categories: real wood blinds and vinyl or synthetic blinds, which are generally made of various types of plastics. Blinds are typically sized in increments of one to two inches and are not flush with many windows.

You'll need to find a manufacturer that makes outdoor blinds that fit your windows, or opt for custom-made blinds.

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