Of course, issues such as the quality of the shutters are all important in determining this. However, there are many other things that people tend to take for granted, but which often turn out to be instrumental in determining how long the shutters will last. Making sure that you pay attention to such things will help you get the most out of the shutters. Some of these include:
Consider your environmental circumstances
If you are going to install planation shutters, are there any environmental issues that will affect how long they last? For instance, do you live in a part of the country where there are many sandstorms which might abrade the shutters? In this case, have you bought shutters that will resist this for a number of years or even decades?
This is just an example of an environmental issue that can play a role in reducing the lifespan of the shutters. Ideally, you need to consult your contractor for more advice regarding this, since they are most likely to understand some of the common environmental threats in your area. If you know of any obvious issues that will have an impact on the life of the shutters, you should definitely bring them up when you are consulting your seller. The issue of environmental threats is most significant when you intend to install external shutters.
Kids and pets
If you have kids and pets, you should keep in mind that they have the potential to influence the life of the shutters. This also applies if you intend to have kids or pets in future. In the case of pets, some such as cats might end up hanging on the shutters. If you have a particularly heavy cat or have multiple cats that might hang on it, this might put too much pressure on the shutters and damage them.
Well, young children, particularly if they are around two or three years old, also have the potential to cause similar problems. Children in this age group tend to be very adventurous, and they might end up damaging the shutters when playing.
In such cases, you will need to install shutters that can either take on the weight of an average child or cat, or which are installed so firmly that they would not be damaged by the same. Of course, you may also need to discourage such behavior using any means that you see fit. The other alternative would be to install the shutters in a location that would be difficult for a child or pet to access.
Sources of trauma within the home
You also need to consider any sources of trauma such as sharp blows within the home. In some cases, particularly if you have delicate shutters, repeated blows will lead to permanent damage of the shutters. A good example of this is when you install a window too close to a door. If the door repeatedly slams into the shutters, you could easily damage both with time.
f this is already the case, having to shift the door or window to protect the shutters might not be practical or cheap. It might be easier to install a stopper to prevent the door from ever reaching the shutters. You will also need to consider the issue of properly designing your home so that this issue does not arise at all. Of course, if you are working with high quality contractors, they will most likely not find themselves in this position.
In a few instances, you may also need to consider temperature differentials if you are getting shutters made from a material sensitive to this. Some rooms such as the kitchen might have temperatures that spike and dip from time to time depending on whether it’s in use or not. When installing shutters here, it would be wise to get ones that can withstand this. Shutters made from wood tend to start cracking due to the changes in temperature and humidity, particularly if they have not been cured well.
By simply following the above tips, you can reduce the rate at which your shutters become damaged. It will also limit the need for regular maintenance as well.