The Spanish first introduced window shutters to us. The South is replete with wider, louvered style window shutters particularly in the Spanish plantations. Today, these windows are a popular choice across America. Window shutters are back in style again!
Shutter windows were originally designed to be functional. That means they could be opened and closed using louvers. The louver was designed to control the amount of light and even the angle of light. However, these days, shutter windows can be chosen for mere aesthetic appeal; for no functional purpose except to add curb appeal.
There are two types of window shutters.
Interior window shutters look beautiful on the inside of your home. Unlike drapes, they don’t fade and don’t have to be washed regularly. They’re also better at keeping allergens away than curtains or drapes.
Exterior window shutters can provide additional protection from the elements of nature such as heavy rain or storms. They also can have a latch to add security to your home.
There are several reasons why you should choose window shutters for your next home improvement project
Shutters or curtains?
1. They are easy to clean and maintain.
2. Shutters allow light and breeze to easily flow in or stay out.
3. Shutters are sturdy and solid offering protection from environmental elements.
4. Aesthetically, shutters are much more appealing due to designs, colors, styles and types
5. Shutters are more energy-efficient, particularly solid wood window shutters because wood is a good insulator.
Broadly, there are 7 types of window shutters most popular today. Most manufacturers offer customization:
This style is the most popular for its simplicity and classic look. With straight lines and a relatively smooth texture, you can have them in any color you want or paint them yourself to get the perfect hue.
2. Raised Panel
Traditional, yet chic, this design is popular for cottage like homes. Its definitive design and outline makes it versatile when it comes to playing with colors and installing it at different places for an overall comfortable look.
3. Flat Panel
Simple, clean and easy on the eye, these are perfect for offices or homes with simple straightforward designs. Due to their adaptable design nature, they can be placed anywhere to add to décor and look best in solid wood or base colors.
This tropically inspired design suits homes that are looking to keep the hot breeze out. Best for beach resorts or homes, you want to have these up if you are living in sunny weather!
5. Open Board & Batten
This design goes best with designs reflecting rustic architecture. Don’t let its fence like appeal fool you. It’s so easy to paint and install that with the right colors and placement they can make your place look lovely.
6. Closed Board & Batten
Originally designed for protection, this design shines thanks to its sturdiness yet archaic lure. With its strong frame and tough design it will envelop your home with warmth and security!
Customization and uniqueness are the selling points of this design, adding to the personal touch and reflection of a stylized home. You can have just about any color and cut design to suit your taste.
While choosing any type of shutter, material is as important as style. While some styles and materials go together, you must choose a material according to the weather condition and external conditions that surround your home. Here are some of the choices you have:
Vinyl shutters are a basic popular favorite because they are budget-friendly and low maintenance and are available with short lead-times. Available in standard and custom sizes and many colors
Classic wood shutters come in a variety of styles, textures and is versatile enough to blend in with other materials and colors.
Sturdy and strong, aluminum shutters offer extra security and protection. Perfect for a home or business interested in clean lines, limitless vibrant color options and durability. It is a robust material and very easy to clean.
Milled and assembled from wood or PVC materials, the material construction of composite shutters ensures is durability and long-lasting great looks.
Each material offers unlimited design possibilities with an endless choice in varnish and colors. Remember, window shutters are permanent fixtures to your home adding to the value of your home. They’re a great choice to consider when planning your next home improvement project.