Shutter Materials

Shutter Materials and Their Suitability for Different Climates

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When choosing shutters for your home, one important consideration is finding shutter materials that can withstand the specific climate conditions in your area. The right shutters will be durable in rain, sun, wind, and temperature fluctuations throughout the seasons. As you explore different shutter options, keep regional weather patterns in mind to find window treatments that will last for years to come.

Wood Shutters

Wood Shutters

Wood is a classic choice, appreciated for its natural beauty. Wooden shutters come in versatile styles that range from casual to elegant. However, solid wood can warp or crack in especially hot, cold, wet, or dry weather. Using specially treated wood improves durability, but it still requires maintenance by sanding and resealing over time.

While wood looks gorgeous, composite wood materials offer increased stability. Engineered wood shutters resist moisture, heat, cold, and UV rays better than solid wood. For regions with extreme weather variations, composite wood blends the aesthetics of real wood with reinforced resilience.

Vinyl Shutters

For coastal areas and humid climates, vinyl is moisture-resistant and stands up well against mildew and mold. Vinyl requires hardly any upkeep since the color runs throughout the shutter; scratches are less visible. Vinyl shutters can also mimic the look of wood while handling the weather better.

One downside is that vinyl can become brittle and crack in extremely cold temperatures. So vinyl works better in hot, humid regions than in places with harsh winters. Check the manufacturing specs to see the acceptable temperature range.

Aluminum and Steel Shutters

Aluminum shutters offer sleek, modern styles at various price points to fit different budgets. But they conduct heat easily and dent if hit by flying debris in storms.

Steel shutters provide greater protection and security for homes vulnerable to extreme winds or hurricane risks. However, steel conducts both hot and cold outdoor temperatures. Without insulation between the exterior shutter and interior window, this causes indoor spaces to heat up and cool down quickly, depending on the weather.

Composite Shutters

Composite Shutters

For durability across diverse climates, composite shutters blend materials to eliminate the weaknesses of individual components. Manufacturers engineer composites by integrating polymers, resins, minerals, and wood fibers into a unified product.

The result is a sturdy, weather-resistant shutter, perfect for ocean side homes or regions with seasonal storms. Material innovations also create composites that offer the look and workability of real wood without warping or rotting.

Design Shutters for Your Regional Climate

There’s no definitive “best” material for every home. The optimal shutters for your windows depend on balancing visual appeal, budget, and performance in local weather patterns over time. Assess climate factors like temperature shifts, humidity, coastal storms, and more when selecting materials built to last.

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Protected Finishes – Shutters with layers of UV, fade, and mildew-resistant sealer better maintain their color and appearance through years of sun, rain, and seasonal changes.

Reinforced Materials – Composites fuse polymers, resins, metals or wood fibers into one stable product engineered for durability. These withstand heat, cold, moisture, salty coastal air, and windstorms.

Temperature Resistance – In extreme cold and heat, shutters with insulation layers prevent rapid temperature transfer indoors.

Wind Resistance – Metal reinforcement, sturdy hinges, and impact-resistant materials allow shutters to stay secured in heavy winds, protecting windows from storms and flying objects.

Consider likely climate exposure based on where you live. Select materials built to handle:

Coastal Regions – Salt spray, storms, humidity – Composite wood, vinyl,
Northern Cold & Snow – Frigid temps, heavy snowfall – Composite wood, insulated vinyl
Southern Heat & Sun – Intense UV rays, heat – UV-treated wood, vinyl, composite
Dry & Arid Climates – Little rainfall, moisture – Wood, composite, aluminum
Temperate Rainforests – Heavy rainfall, mold risks – Vinyl, composite wood

Balance visual appeal with durability suitable for local climate patterns. Fuse form and function by choosing designs and materials made to withstand regional weather.

Proper window shading cuts HVAC costs significantly. Awnings, overhangs, and exterior shutters provide outdoor shade to lower indoor temperatures. Solar heat gain through windows makes cooling systems work harder. External shutters reflect sunlight before it raises internal heat, keeping spaces cooler. This saves energy and lowers electricity bills in the summer.

Closed shutters also provide an extra-insulated buffer against the cold in winter. Layered window treatments trap airflow to prevent chills or drafts. Strategically using shutters to regulate light, heat, and cold flowing through windows optimizes energy efficiency.

Climate-Ready Window Fashion

Focus on finding not just stylish, but durable, weather-resistant shutters suited for the climate where you live. Design homes from the outside in by considering regional weather patterns when planning exterior accents. Choose materials that balance resilience with aesthetic appeal as you update window fashions to handle local conditions beautifully for years to come.

For help selecting customized shutters tailored for your home’s unique climate needs and style, contact the experts at Made in the Shade Eastern Shore in DE today!

Joe Kendall

Joe Kendall

A window covering industry veteran, co-founder of the Made in the Shade Eastern Shore. Committed to exceptional quality, service, and customer satisfaction.