To maintain wooden shutters, regularly inspect for deterioration of the finish. Wood naturally expands and contracts with environmental change. Our woods are kiln-dried resulting in minimal movement, but small cracks in the finish may still appear over time. Simple touch-up of these areas is required to prevent moisture penetration. Preservation of composite shutters also requires minor periodic restoration.
Outdoor shutters installed in heavily shaded areas may have difficulty drying after precipitation falls. More frequent attention may be required in these areas to maintain wooden shutters. Also, trim vines or other vegetation that climb on or touch the shutters.
Use of these simple precautions will ensure the longevity of your exterior window shutters. While there is some maintenance involved, it does not exceed the best practices in managing any other aspect of the home’s exterior.