A century ago shutters were as much a part of a window as the sash and were used to shut out wind and inclement weather as well as protect the glass windows from damage during heavy storms. Today’s window materials are much stronger and less likely to break and are used more for appearance than for protection. They are available in many styles including:
• Raised Panel
• Board and batten
Traditionally, shutters will be about three-fourths of an inch thick with wide flat louvers and many will have a ridge at the top, bottom, and center for strength. Shutters that are made for wider windows may also include a mullion down the center of the shutter for added strength. At Sunshine Contracting, we use Mid America shutters; check out our style and color options in more detail below.
Raised panel shutters, as seen below, consist of a frame and a single panel to make up the shutter and when hinged to close can offer protection during storms as well as close out bright sunlight to protect interior carpet and furniture from the ultraviolet rays. They can also help cool the home during hot summer months by blocking out the sun that can add heat to the interior of the home.
Louver shutters often contain several louvers that run horizontal to the window and serve many of the same purposes as panel shutters.
Board and batten shutters, ideal for certain designs, consist of vertical boards with a batten near the top and bottom of the vertical boards for strength and stability.