One lesson we carry throughout our lives is “just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” In theory you could go to a big-box store, purchase shutters off the shelf and take them home for a DIY project. But we wouldn’t recommend it. Not only is there a clear and decisive difference in the look of big-box and custom shutters; big-box shutters are likely to cost more than you anticipate. They don’t age well, requiring replacement after just a few years, and they need frequent refinishing. They also often don’t include hardware. Without the exact measurements, proper tools and experience, installing store bought shutters is simply a risk of your valuable time, effort, damage to your home and money. In contrast, custom shutters are designed with your exact home in mind. They are cut to your exact window measurements and designed to perfectly match the rest of your home. You don’t run the risk of improperly installing them. Best of all, they stand up to the test of time, which is why Southern Shutter Home shutters come with a lifetime warranty.