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What is the average life expectancy of house shutters?
Friday, June 5, 2020
How long do house shutters last?
The average life expectancy of residential shutters varies according to the type of shutter, quality of manufacture, location, and whether it is decorative or functional. Here’s our estimates:
•• Aluminum, exterior - 20 to 35 years, average 25
•• Aluminum, hurricane - 20 to 50 years, average 30
•• Vinyl plastic, exterior - 10 to 20 years, average 15
•• Vinyl plastic, interior - 10 to 25 years, average 20
•• Wood or composite, exterior - 10 to 20 years, average 15
•• Wood or composite, interior, 10 to 25 years, average 20
The embedded color in vinyl decorative shutters fades over time, but they can be painted. Lesser quality vinyl shutters can sag or warp. Wood is subject to rot, but can be repaired and rebuilt, and maintaining a good paint finish is most important maintenance issue. There are artisans in most historic districts that specialize in rehabbing wood shutters and hardware. Corrosion of securing hardware embedded in walls is a problem for aluminum hurricane shutters as they age.
Here’s a bar graph that compares the average life expectancy of different shutter types.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
Also see our blog post Does a home inspector check shutters?
To learn more about doors and windows, see these other blog posts:
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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