Window shutters are covers that allow a homeowner to control the amount of natural light, as well as noise, coming into a room. They are an attractive alternative to drapes, curtains, or blinds and are actually more versatile.
Window Shutter Options
They can be made in panels or frames to fit window halves, for example, allowing one to have the upper half of a window with open shutters and the lower half with shutters closed for privacy. They will also fit any size window-even arches and porthole-style windows-and come with a choice of movable or fixed louvers. There are also accordion window shutters for patio doors and special storm or hurricane window shutters. Window shutters are made for both the exterior and interior of a home. In addition to controlling the amount of light, exterior shutters provide protection for the windows.
Interior vs. Exterior Window Shutters
Purchasing window shutters involves decisions surrounding the material the shutters are made from, as well as the style of louvers comprising the shutters. Interior window shutters are available in various colors to match almost any d��cor; they also come in primed wood that the homeowner can finish with paint or stain. Exterior window shutters are usually made of wood or vinyl. Wood shutters often look more elegant, although wood is subject to rot so must be maintained. Vinyl is the less-expensive option, but its appearance is less attractive and sometimes looks more like plastic. Some shutters are constructed of a composite polymer that has the advantages of being rot proof, more durable, and maintenance free.
Window Shutters: Louver Options
Louvers vary by width and thickness, and the louver size will impact the view out the window. Louver size also determines the style of the window shutter. Narrow-width louvers and those that are about �� inch thick are best for a traditional look, whereas wider louvers are a more contemporary style. Plantation shutters have the thickest and widest louvers (1-1/8 inch thick and 3-1/2" or 4-1/2" wide). If there is enough depth, interior window shutters are mounted inside the window frame or casing; otherwise, they are mounted onto hanging strips outside the window frame.
Maintenance of Exterior Window Shutters
Exterior window shutters should be mounted onto the house with hardware that is resistant to decay. Because of the possibilities of rot in exterior window shutters over time, manufacturers recommend leaving a one-half-inch space between the shutters and the building to allow more ventilation.