Hurrican Shutters

Installing "Peace of Mind"

Home Improvement With Exterior Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 6, 2013

Home Improvement With Exterior ShuttersExterior shutters greatly improve the curb appeal of any home. They are one of the few improvements that return their full value when it’s time to sell, not to mention the enjoyment you will feel every time you pull into your driveway. Shutters have been used for centuries as practical and aesthetic additions to buildings. The original purpose of exterior shutters was to provide light control, ventilation, and protection against inclement weather. Your home is your most important asset, so you owe it to yourself to make it look as good as possible. One of the easiest and most effective ways to add curb appeal is to install decorative vinyl exterior shutters or custom wood exterior shutters on your home. Available in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and colors, putting exterior shutters on the outside of your home is dollar-per-dollar the most cost effective home makeover with the most dramatic effect.

Hurricane Shutter MaterialsWhether shutters are selected for practical or decorative purposes, the material chosen is of paramount concern. Shutters are sometimes made from vinyl, and often vinyl shutters are less expensive. However, vinyl shutters cannot be stained, they cannot be installed as operable panels, and they have a molded, plastic appearance. A better option is to purchase wood shutters. Cedar is the best wood for all exterior applications because it resists decay and is extremely durable. Incense cedar specifically is a superior wood for exterior shutters because the tannin (oil) helps prevent moisture penetration and deters bugs.

A great review of available shutters products has been provided by shuttersdirectory.

Composite ShuttersThe next choice would be the new composite, mid-priced shutters. Composite window shutters are a solid-back product, have a 5-year warranty, architecturally accurate and available in over 20 colors. Yes, you can order them primed and ready to paint. The composite material is the latest in space-age materials that won’t rot, warp, split; and the bugs don’t like the taste of them. They are solid backed so the mud daubers and bees won’t like to live there. You can use optional hardware to make these operational for that “real” shutter look and function. The composite window shutters are available in colonial style louvered, raised panel, board and batten and can be ordered in a Bahama style hinged at the top to provide shade and rain protection for open windows. Looking for that tropical ambiance? Bahama shutters are a good choice. The composite product is very low maintenance and will remain beautiful for a long time.

Fiberglass ShuttersThe finest and most expensive choice is the true fiberglass/composite shutter which is architecturally designed and built to make the most discerning Historical Society member smile broadly. The real cost for this product is inexpensive when you consider the low-maintenance requirements, the 20-year warranty and the fact they can double as a real storm shutter. The fiberglass shutters can be ordered as a storm shutter approved under the latest SBCCI engineering standards. Of course, most of us don’t need that level of protection but do value the ability to close your shutters for security purposes. Available in over 20 colors and 12 styles, you will have all the choices possible to meet your needs. Arches, louvered, raised panel, board and batten and Bahama styles are a few of your choices. You can replace your worn-out wood shutters and proudly show off your new fiberglass/Composite shutters that are low maintenance. Imagine, instead of painting those old wooden shutters every other year, you’ll have time to improve your golf game.

Aluminum ShuttersAluminum shutters have evolved in recent years to provide a reasonably priced replacement for wood shutters. The aluminum colonial louvered and Bahama shutter styles have enjoyed approval by many Historical districts as the costs and maintenance levels have increased for wood shutters. The aluminum shutter products are strong and can meet the most stringent hurricane engineering standards. They are relatively low maintenance and can be powder-coat finished in 100’s of colors. They have a 3-year warranty. The aluminum shutters can be arched and at extra cost, can be designed as raised panels and even Board and Batten styles are available. I believe the Composite and Fiberglass shutters are a better choice than aluminum where a true traditional look is demanded.

Wood Shutters The standard of the industry has been the wood exterior shutter produced in red cedar, pine or other exotic woods and is available in every possible configuration imaginable. Louvered, raised panel, board and batten, mixed louver and raised panel, arched, 1/4 arch lazy arch, Bahama, Bermuda, etc. You name it, and it has been made from wood. Wooden shutters are initially economical to purchase but considering the paint requirements and the overall maintenance cost, it makes the wood shutters the most expensive to purchase and own. The versatility and design capability makes wood the only choice in many custom design situations.

Whether you are making home improvements or securing the safety of your home, Cat 5 Hurricane Shutters will help you make the right decision. Cat 5 shutters is serving locations throughout Florida and installing “Peace of Mind”. When it comes to securing the safety of your family, home and business during severe weather, only the finest storm protection will do. Contact CAT 5 Shutters LLC today at 1-877-CAT-FIVE or visit our website at


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