Before the invention of glass, house shutters provided protection for homeowners from pests and the elements.
Then, in the nineteenth century, shutters slowly made their way to the house exterior.
Today, you can find house shutters, painted or stained, in a variety of sizes and styles on both the inside and outside of homes.
Read on to learn more about the different types and styles of house shutters.
Fixed shutters permanently attach to the outside of a house. Since the shutters cannot be moved, they simply serve as a decorative feature. Adding this type of house shutter can help increase its curb appeal by adding color and architectural accents.
Operable shutters are hinged, so they can close over the glass of your windows. This type of shutter helps ward off intruders, provides protection during storms and protects you from the glare of the sun.
When it comes to shutter materials, the options for shutters are numerous. Some of the most popular shutter materials are:
- Wood Shutters
Wood shutters are the most common shutters on the market. They’re available in a variety of patterns, so they can fit any home’s style. In order for wooden shutters to last, you must properly maintain them.
- Composite Shutters
Composite shutters provide a great alternative to wood shutters. These shutters are virtually maintenance-free custom and manufactured from state-of-the-art PVC and thermally stable fiberglass.
- Vinyl Shutters
Vinyl shutters, the most reasonably priced shutters on the market, are lightweight, easy to install and readily available in most home centers or even online.
- Storm Shutters
For those of you who are concerned about hurricanes or tornadoes, you may want to invest in storm shutters. These aluminum shutters protect glass from high winds and blowing debris. Storm shutters are available in several different types.
- Colonial shutters have hinges on the side and fold into the window and lock into place.
- Rolling shutters roll down either manually or electrically from the top of the window opening (similar to a garage door).
- Accordion shutters consist of folding interlocking slats that move vertically on a track to cover your window opening.
To enhance the look of your wooden or composite shutters, add shutter hardware. This hardware has evolved over the years into stylish accessories for your shutters. Hardware is now available in many styles and finishes.
- Shutter Dogs: This type of hardware keeps the shutters open and attached to your house
- Ring Pulls: Pulls that allow you to close the shutters from inside your home
- Slidebolts: Bolts lock the shutters when closed
Interior house shutters can be either louvered or paneled and are becoming more popular with homeowners.
Wooden plantation shutters with working louvers serve as interior window treatments that allow you to control both light and privacy. You can paint or stain this type of shutter and use it on almost any type of window or door.
A few of the benefits of wooden plantation shutters are that they require virtually no maintenance, they enhance your home’s resale value, consist of a one-time investment, and the insulation and reflecting properties of shutters help conserve heating and cooling costs.
Interior shutters can also be made with a flat or raised panel surrounded by a frame.
While they provide the ultimate in privacy, paneled shutters block all the outside light. Therefore, you’ll need another light source if the shutters are closed.
Faux wood interior shutters are also available from different manufacturers across the country.
Many homeowners are finding clever ways to use old house shutters.
One way to repurpose salvaged shutters is to create a room divider or screen. Simply take several shutters and install small hinges on the edges so they can fold and be freestanding.
Most of these salvaged shutters will require scraping and painting to improve their appearance.
One way to do this is to have a furniture refinishing company dip the shutters in a stripping solution. This saves lots of time and effort to make the surface suitable for repainting or staining.
We’ve been trying to find a source for the Rolling Shutters that roll down from the top and are positioned outside. We think they are made of vinyl but might be metal. We saw some at a distance as we drove down the road and it looked like the homeowner was lowering them by remote control standing inside the room. Any ideas what company might make these? Thanks!
There are several companies that sell rolling shutters. Here is one of my favorites: http://www.tucsonrollingshutters.com/home_owners_technical.htm Is this what you are looking for, or were u looking for the european style rolling shutters that roll into a pocket inside the wall?
I would like to replace my linen caabinet doors w/ a door that looks like shutter doors. Can you help
I believe what you are referring to are cafe doors. Cafe doors are the type of doors that they used on saloons in the old west. Is this what you need?
Was just wondering what type of shutters were used on the show 8/2?
They were and vinyl raised panel shutters made by Royal Building Products. You can find out more in the episode article from this week’s show on the TV section of our site at https://todayshomeowner.com/television/2015/05/10/exterior-enhancements-on-a-budget/
I love that you talked about how interior shutters provide more privacy to homeowners. We live in a county where rowhouses all the rave. It’s great because it fosters a tight-knit community but the spaces in between are also very limited. I’d check with a contractor that sells affordable interior shutters and have them installed within the week. Thanks for this fun read!
I’ve recently moved into a home near the coast and I can already feel its difference from the city just from the breeze. I think it would be best if I buy some roller shutters for my windows before summer ends.
Sounds like a plan, Alice! We’re glad this content helped you make an informed decision. 🙂