Home Exterior - Shutters and Trim *

Shutters and Trim add distinction and depth to the exterior of your home.

Care and Maintenance Tips Cleaning

  • Never use a pressure washer to clean shutters or trim as it may chip or crack these items and lead to water damage.
  • Clean shutters and trim every year with a garden hose and a mild household cleaning detergent and clean from top to bottom.
  • If further cleaning is required, try other cleaners available at local hardware stores but make sure to follow manufacturer's instructions and always test a small discrete area first before proceeding to the rest of the home.

General Information

  • Your shutters and trim will either be made of wood or a composite material. Both surfaces will need to be cleaned. All wooden shutters and trim will require painting. Some composite shutters will require painting if they did not come pre-painted.
  • Inspect caulking around window trim, door trim and garage door trim. Always remove caulk before applying new caulk.


  • Applying paints or stains properly can extend the life of wooden shutters and trim.
  • Paints or stains reduce mildew and help you achieve the color effect you desire from your shutters and trim.
  • Failure to maintain the painted surfaces on your home can result in stain damage from mildew.
  • Periodically inspect for chipping or fading paint. Remove any loose paint before repainting.
  • Refer to your Pre-Settlement Demonstration Booklet to see the choices you made for manufacturer and color of paint.

* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.