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FAQs about Exterior Wood Shutters

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Category: Window Shutters

Still not sure about choosing wood shutters for your home in Saratoga, CA? Here are a few frequently asked questions that might help you understand our products:

What are exterior shutters?

Exterior shutters can be installed on the outside of any window or door opening. They enrich the external aesthetic of your home and boost its curb appeal.

Where can I install exterior wood shutters?

Because we have the right tools and skills, our professionals can attach exterior shutters to almost any construction material—wood, brick, plaster, cement, and even vinyl.

Why are shutters made of solid incense cedar?

We offer the best workmanship and materials for our wood shutters in Saratoga, CA. The solid incense cedar (aka California White Cedar) is usually white to reddish brown. The grain is straight and has a fine, uniform texture. When cut, the wood doesn’t splinter. One of the main reasons we use incense cedar for our shutters is because of its weathering characteristics. It holds paint and finishes well, but it’s also strong and has good dimensional stability. It even resists pests and decay.

What styles are available?

At San Francisco Shutters we offer several stock and special order shutters styles. Some of these styles include:

  • Louvered. These are the classic style shutters with horizontal slats you can tilt to let in light and ventilation.
  • Raised panel. These more traditional shutters are solid wood with a four piece frame surrounding the fifth raised panel.
  • These wood shutters are especially popular along the coast as they hinge at the top of the window instead of to the side, and pull out to block the window from rain during a storm.
  • Board and batten. These feature wide, vertical slats fixed tightly together with two or more horizontal slats to keep them in place.
  • There are also several styles you can creatively combine, like louvered and raised panel, to get the exact style you want.

The styles we offer come in a variety of thicknesses and widths to accommodate most window openings. If none of our stock or special order shutters suit your needs, we can supply you with unique, custom built shutters to give you the look of your dreams.

How much do exterior wooden shutters cost?

The prices are based on the size, material, and customization. Larger shutters will often be more expensive. However, at San Francisco Shutters we pride ourselves on offering the finest shutters in Saratoga, CA at affordable prices.

Do you install my shutters?

Absolutely. We employ and retain the best installers in the area. Most of them have 10+ years of experience in shutter installation. We never use sub-contractors.

Why don’t you offer painted finishes?

Over the years we have found there is very little demand for dedicated paint colors. Most customers prefer wood shutters they can paint themselves. That way, they can choose the color they want.

How long will wood shutters last?

If properly finished and maintained, wood shutters can last for 20+ years. There are some situations that result in premature deterioration. Usually this is in damp climates where mildew and mold accumulate. Be sure to prime and paint your shutters or seal them and they will serve you well for many years.

Want to learn more about our product and services? Call us today at (855) 538-8637 or visit our showroom, 1676 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010. At San Francisco Shutters, we are eager to answer your individual questions and help you out in any way we can.