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Knowing When to Replace Window Shutters

Window shutters in Destin, FL are some of the most durable window covering you can have installed on your windows. They will retain their beauty and functionality for many years. However, there will come a time when they need to be replaced. But how will you know?

Often, the only reason that you may even notice your window shutters is they are no longer functioning properly or they are no longer adding a great aesthetic addition to the décor or theme of your room. But what are the specific things about window shutters that you need to look for to decide when to have them replaced?

One sign that your window shutters need to be replaced is that they are difficult to operate. When your window shutters are harder to open and close, or the slats won’t move up and down without a lot of manual intervention, then they are no longer operating the way they should. The longer you try to force window shutters to work correctly when they don’t naturally operate the way they should, the more damage you do and the less happy you will be with them.

Another sign that your window shutters should be replaced is when the slats are damaged or broken. With regular usage, over time, window shutter slats will get damaged or will break. Once slats begin to break, the effectiveness and the beauty of the window shutter is destroyed, and the window shutter needs to be replaced.

No matter what material your window shutters are manufactured with, they will eventually discolor over time. Wood window shutters are painted, and paint with eventually chip and peel over as the window shutters are opened and closed and the slats are raised and lowered.

Although you can have wood window shutters repainted, peeling and chipping paint may be a sign of damage to the wood itself. Wood is a living material and it interacts with the environment around it. This means that is can absorb moisture from the air, and this can lead to warping, rot, mold and mildew.

Once these problems have occurred with wood window shutters, they need to be replaced. If excessive or constant moisture in the atmosphere is the norm in your climate, you should consider replacing your wood window shutters with faux wood window shutters. You get the beauty of wood in a material that will not absorb moisture and, therefore, will not warp, rot, or develop mold or mildew.

Other types of materials used in window shutters can also discolor over time from exposure to sunlight. The ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun can cause colors to fade or to get splotchy and this can destroy the natural beautiful that window shutters give to a room. Replacing them will restore the aesthetic value that led you to choose them for the windows in the room in the first place.

Another sign that your window shutters need to be replaced is when their hardware begins to fail. As you open and close your window shutters, there is wear and tear on the hinges that attach the window shutters to the window frame. Over time, hinges may start to slip off and the screws that hold them in will no longer stay tightly in place. Additionally, the mechanism that raises and lowers the slats, as well as the hardware that holds the slats, will fail over time and it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to open and close the slats of the window shutter, making it imperative that they be replaced.

If you’d like learn more about window shutters in Destin, FL, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm. You can visit our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can contact us at (850) 613-6228.