Shutters have long been used to either add aesthetic appeal or to guard against sunlight and strong winds or for privacy and security reasons. Before being replaced by glass windows, they performed all the functions of what a glass window performs today, and more. They can be made of wood, timber, plastics or aluminum and they can directly be attached to the window frame.
There are a variety of shutters to choose from and they can be broadly classified as interior and exterior shutters. Interior ones are installed in the inside of a glass window, whereas exterior ones are installed on the outside. Also, they can be opened or closed like a door, or they could be collapsed to the side.
Choosing the Right Shutter
Shutters, commonly, have louvers and they can either be fixed or operable. Unfixed louver shutters can either be shut completely or be kept open at some angle; whereas fixed louver shutters have their louvers fixed open at some angle. Various options can be looked into depending upon the need, be it security, privacy or shielding against strong wind or sunlight:
- Decorative louvered shutters are decorated with artwork and have fixed louvers. The design or illusion is noticeable at certain angles if it is operable and hence, the operable ones are not ideal to be decorative.
- Board and Batten shutters have fixed louvers and they can either be closely packed or have limited space between louvers. The most common ones have a ‘Z’ shaped frame to support the louvers. These are usually used to give a countryside or rural feel to the house.
- Panel shutters offer no penetration of air or sunlight through them and are used for security and privacy concerns. These are usually the exterior type and also provide resistance against strong winds and rough weather.
- Tier-on-tier shutters have two different shutters, one atop the other and they both can be opened and closed independently of each other.
- Plantation shutters often refer to all the interior ones and have very wide louvers.
- Café style shutters only cover the lower half of the window.
Different Shutters for Different Moods
Shutters are therefore of a wide variety. Except for their function of shielding against rough weather, they are also used to give aesthetical appeal to homes; they can either be used on the outside or on the inside. It serves as an extra layer of insulation and they are also being used by eateries to upgrade their interiors.