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Exterior Composite Shutters

The introduction of exterior composite shutters has vastly improved the options available for home improvement. Composite shutters are built with a similar appearance of those constructed from wood and have a much greater life expectancy. The revolutionary synthetic material is durable in all climate conditions, and prices are more economical than other options.

What are composite shutters?

ShutterLand constructs exterior composite shutters in-house from an innovative engineered wood product. Extira™ has the same basic properties of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), yet is denser, twice as strong and is specifically manufactured for moisture-rich outdoor applications. This impressive material is man-made from 90% sustainable wood fibers adhered with marine-grade resins. It is then pressed into large straight sheets which are cut into individual window shutter components.

Brick house with black raised panel exterior composite shutters.

Pressed wood solid panel shutters have a very realistic appearance, and some styles are hard to differentiate from the genuine article. The vertical styles and horizontal rails of composite raised panel shutters have only slight differences in size and in profile than natural wood. The solid mid-panel is exactly the same, making the two materials virtually identical. The rustic groove panel style also appears nearly the same as its wood counterpart.

There is one conspicuous discrepancy in the configuration of synthetic composite louvered shutters. Individual wood louvers are milled, cut, and arranged with space between each slat. Composite louvers are sculpted in banks of multiple simulated slats with no separation in between. Historic renovation projects should only employ genuine wooden shutters. Otherwise, the lack of space between louvers should not distract from the comprehensive presentation.

We do not make composite bahama shutters due to the lack of function and versatility. Bahama shutters need space between louvers for ventilation and visibility.  

Only a marginal distinction between wood and composite board and batten shutters is detectable. Composite slabs are engraved with vertical partitions to create the illusion of realistic vertical boards. The resulting board and batten shutters arrive with a remarkable appearance and are adaptable to any installation.

Composite is the best material for exterior shutters

How are shutters installed?

Each exterior shutter is custom made to the specified width and height. For the best fit, measurements are offered in ΒΌ inch increments. Composite shutters are manufactured with one presentable side. The rear of all composite panels is flat with no detail. ShutterLand exterior composite shutters ship with clear Polycarbonate installation brackets. The optional braces affix decorative shutters in a static location beside the window. Installation of exterior shutters can be accomplished by most homeowners.

If required, faux wood shutters can be installed with rugged outdoor hardware. Stainless steel or cast iron hinges with accompanying shutter dogs make outside shutters operable to swing open and closed. Remember, the back is plain with no detail so shutters will not be presentable in the closed position. Composite shutters are approximately 30% heavier than wood, so a third hinge is sometimes an essential addition. A divider rail or third batten is necessary to adhere the support hinge.

How do you measure for outdoor shutters?

Stationary window shutters only need to appear that they will close over the opening. Measure both the width and height of each window. Divide the width in half to obtain the recommended panel size. Exceptionally wide windows will be unable to adhere to the basic shutter measurement guidelines. Some homeowners then forgo using a window treatment or use panels smaller than would obviously fit for aesthetic purposes only.  

How much do composite shutters cost?

Homeowners love that exterior composite shutters are surprisingly affordable. The price is higher than vinyl panels but lower than premium wood shutters. Easily price any shutter by navigating to the desired style page, then entering the requested specifications.

Can you paint exterior composite shutters?

Yes, outside composite shutters can and should be painted. The synthetic material does need to be primed in advance of the application of a top coat paint. While we do sell unfinished shutters, we advise ordering primed or fully painted shutters. Some types of primers do not adhere well to the material. Our factory formulated prime coat is the perfect bond between the outdoor shutter and paint. We have identified nine popular paint colors which have become our standards. If one of those does not meet your criteria, select from unlimited custom colors for a one time matching fee of $100. Some of the most frequently used colors are Tricorn Black, Bright White, Black Forest Green, Hamilton Blue, Charcoal Slate Gray, Tudor Brown, Cottage Red, and Burgundy. All sides are painted for a complete finish.

What is the life expectancy?

A simple semi-regular observation of the paint finish should keep exterior shutters looking and functioning optimally for many years. Repair any minor cracks or ruptures in the paint with the touch-up jar included with every order. Repainting may be performed at the same frequency as the house.   

How can I buy window shutters?

If you believe this beautifully engineered wood shutter will fit the needs of your DIY project, please give us the opportunity to assist you. Our primary focus is on single-family homes, but we have also provided shutters to hotels, office buildings, schools, and country clubs. Our website is packed with very specific information, and we are also more than happy to discuss and answer your questions.