Exterior Shutters are a small segment of what we do, but occasionally someone will want a plantation style exterior shutter and turn to Kirtz for help with their project.
There seems to be some confusion about what makes a plantation shutter exterior or interior grade, so here is a brief explanation of what to look for in an exterior shutter.
Wood Species– exterior shutters that stand the test of time are made of western red cedar, cypress (pecky or clear), or mahogany. These woods naturally repel water and insects, making them the longest lasting most durable choice. not to mention the beauty of handcrafted mahogany shutters!
Fasteners and Glue– Make sure your manufacturer is using exterior grade glue and stainless steel staples (found on moveable louvers). Otherwise, the joints of the shutter will fail and the fasteners will quickly rust. This is especially true if your home is near ocean air, as salt can be very corrosive.
Finish: A marine quality finish is recommended. A good finish will protect your purchase, so don’t skimp in this area. Shutters used for exterior projects made by Kirtz can be ordered with a marine finish, or raw and you can source the finish work yourself.
Even with a great finish, maintenance will be required. Your shutters should have a new protective coat added to them every few years. It varies depending on your climate and their exposure to the elements how often this needs to be done. It is a good idea to look them over ever year for signs of damage.
Below are some picture of exterior shutters we built for a home in Florida.