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Exterior Window Shutters

Help keep your heating and cooling costs down with Exterior Window Shutters. This type of window covering can help save you energy and money AND increase your home’s curb appeal.

In the old days, one reason people had exterior shutters was to keep birds from getting in their homes while away. Nowadays, that’s not such a common problem. These days people have non functional shutters just for decoration and functional shutters for privacy as well as protection from harsh weather and the sun.

Exterior window coverings like External Window Shutters are particularly effective when it’s warm. They keep the heat from ever entering the house at all so the interior stays cooler.

Shutter Materials

Wood is very popular for both exterior and interior shutters. Wood is susceptible to weather damage so wood exterior window shutters require protection and maintenance. The harsher the climate, the more often they will need attention.

Some other common materials are fiberglass,composite and vinyl. They require less maintenance and are easier to clean.

Which ever material you choose, remember to look at the quality and not just the price. What will these shutters look like in 5 years? Can they handle your area’s weather conditions? You want your shutters to last so choosing the right quality material is important.

Energy Efficient Shutter Features

Mortised Hinges

This type of hinge ensures there are no gaps that let light in. That means less heat will come in too.

Rabbeted Stiles

This feature basically allows the panels of the shutters to fit tightly together reducing the amount of light, heat or wind that can pass through.

Shutter Installation

Often external shutters are sold with instructions for the customer to do the installation him/herself. If you feel up to it and have the time, this can certainly be a do-it-yourself project.

If you are not comfortable with the idea of doing it yourself, especially if you have hard to reach windows or the project is just too much, you always have the option of hiring a professional to help you out.

Combine Interior and Exterior Window Coverings

Get even better Energy Efficiency when you use coverings on the inside and outside of your windows. See our Energy Efficient Window Coverings page for ideas and get creative with your windows!

Updated: October 2, 2013 — 11:55 am

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