Window Shutters - Fiberglass
Originally, window shutters were primarily functional, allowing homeowners to secure their homes from intruders and from the elements such as wind, rain, and snow. Later, as windows improved in strength and protection, window shutters became largely decorative. In fact, many weren't even operable, and were designed purely as decoration. However, today many homeowners are looking to window shutters for added privacy and protection.
Advantages of Fiberglass Window Shutters
Though wood has long been the standard for window shutters, several new materials are quickly gaining popularity. One of these, fiberglass, is valued both for its strength and for its attractiveness. Fiberglass window shutters are the most expensive of the kinds of shutters available, but are also low maintenance, lasting about 20 years. They require much less care than the traditional materials used. Fiberglass window shutters are also designed to be historically accurate reproductions of architectural styles such as colonial, and so are popular for restoration and replacement of shutters in historical neighborhoods. They come in several styles and colors designed to look like wood shutters, and can be painted to complement a home's exterior decor. Fiberglass is also popular for hurricane-prone areas, as the material is virtually indestructible, and is approved for use in storm shutters. Optional hurricane bars make the shutters even stronger. Those made with automotive quality, acrylic urethane paint and hardener help increase the shutter's life and reduce maintenance.
Types of Fiberglass Shutters
Fiberglass shutters come in several styles, including Bahama, louver, and panel.
These are moveable, and hinged at the top, so they are easy to install, and can be operated from the inside or outside of the house. They both insulate and ventilate, and are ideal for securing a home against hurricanes and storms.
Colonial outdoor shutters
These shutters have operable louvers, and either a straight or cathedral top. They create privacy, and are ideal for controlling light.
Panel shutters have raised panel designs, and are made with curved or rectangular tops. There are also shutters that combine louvers and panels, and have slats and vertical stiles reinforced with aluminum tubing. Board and batten fiberglass shutters have two, three, four, or five boards, which are either joined or spaced boards. Fiberglass window shutters can also be custom-made to match any decor or architectural style.
For information on fiberglass doors see the following article from HomeDoctor.net: Fiberglass Doors.