Wooden shutters reduce overnight heat loss in your home by 58%. By reducing overnight heat loss, you save hundreds of dollars a year on your energy bill. 

In comparison, thick curtains reduce heat loss by 41%. The problem with curtains is they trap dust and require a lot of upkeep.

Custom shutters don’t just save money on your energy bill. They add a touch of elegance to any home. 

However, when the shutters age, they pose more problems than benefits.

How can you tell when it’s time to look for custom shutter repair? There are five major signs to look out for.

1. Leakage Around Windows

If you inherited your shutters, chances are you don’t know how well they were installed. The number one reason why shutters leak is because they weren’t installed right.

Cheap shutter materials will also break down easier, causing leaks. If you aren’t sure what your shutters are made from, call in a professional to inspect them.

Here are a couple of things to look for if you suspect you have leaking shutters:

  • Water comes inside after storms or when a sprinkler hits the window
  • The interior of the window is damp every morning and evening 

Take care of the leak as soon as possible. Excess water inside your home will encourage mold and mildew growth. Mold can pose serious problems for people with asthma or other breathing problems.

2. Rotting Wood

Wooden shutters last ten to twenty-five years if taken care of properly. Clean them once a month with a wood cleaner. Don’t use water.

Older shutters are susceptible to rotting from sun damage or water damage. When rot sets in, it’s usually the moving parts that break first.

Shutters that don’t open or shut correctly won’t help keep your house warm in the winter.

3. Missing Slats

Missing slats in shutters are an eyesore. They also decrease the shutters’ ability to trap in heat overnight.

A gap in your shutter leaves your home or business vulnerable, as well. Burglars use these gaps to look inside and target rooms with high-price items.

Yes, you can try to replace the slats yourself. However, the DIY approach may make matters worse.

If the shutter slat fell out because of wood rot, it’s time to replace it altogether.

Some vinyl shutters aren’t in production anymore. It’s almost impossible to find replacement parts.

4. Peeling Paint

The hot summer sun can damage paint in just three years. 

Without paint to protect wooden shutters, they are likely to develop wood rot. 

Switching to another material for your shutters might be tempting. Don’t give in. Wood is the best insulator.

5. Strange Noises

Older shutters of every kind make noises. The clicking and groaning could be a sign that they need repairs. 

Call in a professional to give them a once-over. If you catch the problems early enough, they won’t need to be completely replaced.

Let Us Help With Your Custom Shutter Repair 

Shutters bring safety, warmth, and visual appeal to your home. Keep them looking their best by bringing in a professional for all your repair needs.

Van Gogh Window Fashions in Birmingham, AL has provided quality shutter services since 1988. Contact us today to schedule a custom shutter repair appointment.