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All Things Shutters

Shutter Basics 

  • Shutters: Shutters area solid window coverings typically made of wood, vinyl, or composite materials.

 

  • Shutters are designed with horizontal slats or louvers that can be opened or closed to control light, airflow, and privacy.

 

  • Shutters are installed directly onto the window frame, or outside the window frame and hinged to swing open or remain stationary, allowing for versatility 

 

  • Shutters add a classic and timeless aesthetic to any room and are available in various styles such as plantation shutters, traditional shutters, and café shutters.

 

  • Shutters are known for their durability, versatility, and offer better heat resistance while enhancing the architectural appeal of a home.

 

  • Shutters come in a wide in a wide variety of options, paint colors, and stains.​

Choosing the perfect shutters for your windows involves more than just aesthetics; it's about finding the ideal balance between durability, functionality, and style. With a multitude of options available, selecting the right shutter material sets the foundation for achieving the desired look and performance in your home, and we are here to help you decide. Let's explore the key factors to consider when deciding on the ideal material for your shutters.

Louver Sizes

Louvers come in different sizes depending on the look and functionality you are trying to achieve. They have evolved significantly, offering options that range from a classic look to a more streamlined, contemporary appearance with wider louvers and no center tilt rod.

 

The most common louver sizes reflect historical trends, ranging from 1.5 inches up to 5.5 inches, accommodating both traditional and modern design preferences.

Most common sizes are:  3 in, 3.5 in, 4.5 in and more recently the 5.5 inch louver 

Louver Sizes Options
Louver Size Options

Louver sizes play a crucial role in the openness and versatility of light entering a space. Smaller louvers allow less light, creating a cozy atmosphere, while larger louvers invite the outdoors in, enhancing the sense of openness and bringing in abundant natural light.

Wood Shutters

  • Wood Benefits: Classic and elegant appearance, customizable with stains or paints, excellent insulation properties, adds warmth to the room.

 

  • Wood shutters are typically made from various types of hardwood, such as basswood, poplar, cedar, or pine. These woods are selected for their durability, stability, and aesthetic qualities. The shutters are crafted from solid wood panels or individual slats that are joined together with mortise and tenon joints or other methods of construction.

 

  • The manufacturing process for wood shutters involves cutting and shaping the wood into the desired sizes and shapes for the panels and slats. The wood may then be treated with stains, paints, or sealants to enhance its appearance and protect it from moisture, UV rays, and other environmental factors.

 

  • Overall, wood shutters offer a classic and timeless look, with the natural beauty of the wood grain adding warmth and character to any space. They are also known for their excellent insulation properties, providing both thermal and sound insulation for the home.

Wood Stained Shutter colors and options
Quarter sawn louver benefits
Quarter Sawn Louvers

Composite / Engineered Shutters

Composite/ Engineered Shutters

  • Composite / Engineered Benefits: Durable and resistant to warping, cracking, and fading, offers the look of real wood with added durability, suitable for high-humidity environments.

 

  • Composite / Engineered Shutters are typically made from a combination of materials, including medium density fiberboard (MDF) or engineered wood and a durable, moisture-resistant synthetic material such as polyvinyl or polyurethane.

 

  • The manufacturing process involves combining these materials and compressing them under high pressure to create a solid, dense composite material. This composite is then shaped into the desired profiles for the shutter frames, louvers, and other components.

 

  • Composite / Engineered shutters are designed to mimic the appearance of real wood while offering increased durability, stability, and resistance to moisture, warping, and fading. They often feature a smooth or textured finish that can be painted or stained to match different decor styles.

 

  • Overall, composite/engineered shutters provide a practical alternative to traditional wood shutters, offering the timeless look of wood with enhanced durability and low maintenance requirements. They are suitable for use in both interior and exterior applications and can withstand a variety of environmental condito

Composite and Hybrid shutters and plantation shutters
Composite and wood percentages for hybrid shutters

Hybrid Shutters

Hybrid Shutters

  • Hybrid Benefits: They provide the timeless elegance of wood with added durability, and moisture resistance. They are designed to withstand changes in humidity and temperature.

 

  • Hybrid shutters combine the features of both engineered and composite shutters, typically made of a combination of materials, commonly incorporating both wood and synthetic components.

 

  • Hybrid Shutters typically feature a solid engineered wood core for stability and durability.

 

  • The manufacturing process involves, solid wood cores being shaped and coated with synthetic or composite materials, creating a moisture-resistant composite structure.

 

  • This combination often results in shutters that are resistant to warping, cracking, and fading while still providing the aesthetic appeal of traditional wood shutters. Additionally, hybrid shutters may offer enhanced insulation properties and resistant to warping, cracking, and fading, offers the look of real wood with added durability, suitable for high-humidity environments.

 

  • Overall:  Hybrid shutters offer the best of both worlds, providing the aesthetic appeal of wood with the the durability and moisture resistance of composite materials.​​

Composite shutters core of quarter sawn wood

Aluminum Shutters

Aluminum Shutters

  • Aluminum Benefits: Aluminum shutters are known for their strength, stability, and resistance to rust and corrosion, making them suitable for use in both interior and exterior applications.

 

  • Aluminum shutters are primarily made of aluminum, a lightweight and durable metal.

 

  • The manufacturing process for aluminum shutters involves shaping and extruding aluminum sheets or panels into the desired profiles for the shutter frames, louvers, and other components.

 

  • Aluminum shutters may feature a powder-coated finish, which provides a durable and weather-resistant coating that helps protect the metal from corrosion, fading, and scratching. This finish also allows for a wide range of color options to match different architectural styles and home decor preferences.

 

  • They offer excellent durability and longevity, making them a popular choice for homes and commercial buildings in areas with harsh weather conditions.​

Sleek aluminum shutters for attics & garages
Sleek aluminum shutters for attics & garages
Aluminum Shutters are a great option for attics & garages due to their resistance to rust and corrosion and cost effectiveness. We've also had clients install them through their home, and they are gorgeous. 

Ready to turn your windows into works of art? Our shutters aren't just for squares – they're custom-designed to cover all shapes and sizes, from bifold wonders to sleek track shutters and even doors. Who says shutters can't play? Not us!

Whether it's classic charm or a more contemporary look, shutters bring both functionality and fun to your home, adding a playful and dynamic touch to any space. 

Shutter Shapes 

  • Rectangular or square windows: Traditional shutters are commonly used for standard rectangular or square-shaped windows.

 

  • Arched windows: Arched shutters are crafted to fit the curved shape of arched windows, providing both aesthetic appeal and functionality. are primarily made of aluminum, a lightweight and durable metal.

 

  • Circular or round windows: Shutters can be custom-made to cover circular or round windows, offering a unique and stylish solution for these non-traditional shapes.

 

  • Octagonal or geometric-shaped windows: Custom shutters can be tailored to fit octagonal or other geometric-shaped windows, ensuring a seamless and precise fit.

 

  • Irregular-shaped windows: Shutters can also be designed for irregular-shaped windows, such as trapezoidal or triangular windows, providing a tailored solution for every window type.

 

  • Cafe Shutters:  Cover only the lower portion of windows, providing privacy while allowing natural light to enter through the top; ideal for large window areas where maintaining a view is desired.

 

  • Bifold Shutters: Foldable panels hinged together, perfect for large windows; they fold to the side when opened, offering versatility in light control and space-saving functionality.

 

  • Sliding Track Shutters: Feature panels on a horizontal track system, offering smooth sliding operation; perfect for large window areas, sliding glass doors, or room dividers, providing customizable light and privacy control.

 

  • Door Shutters: Shutters specifically made for interior doors, with cut out options to allow functionality of door handles.

 

  • Overall: Shutters can be customized to cover a wide range of window shapes, offering both practical light control and aesthetic enhancement to any space.  This finish also allows for a wide range of color options to match different architectural styles and home decor preferences.

Plantation Shutter came in multiple speciality shapes like octagon and bi-fold options.

Ready to tilt your perspective? Our shutters aren't just for show – they're tailored to pivot your view flawlessly. Whether you prefer timeless tilts or contemporary twists, we have the ideal solution for every window.

Shutter Tilt Options

  • Center Tilt: A center tilt rod is a vertical rod located in the center of the shutter panel that connects all the louvers. By tilting the rod up or down, the louvers rotate open or closed. Center tilt rods are a classic feature in shutters and no go out of style. Think timeless elegance!

 

  • Off-Set Tilt: Much like the center tilt, off-set tilt has a vertical rod located off-center. The tilt bar may be situated to the left or right side of the panel, rather than the middle. This design offers a more contemporary and streamline look.

 

  • Hidden Tilt: Hidden tilt shutters feature a small metal bar that connects all the louvers, hidden on the backside of the shutter, out of sight. To open and close, you simple turn one of the louvers. This design creates a sleek and minimalist look.

 

  • Invisible Tilt: Much like hidden tilt, invisible tilt shutters also lack a visible tilt rod. However, what sets invisible tilt apart is that the tilt mechanism is integrated directly into the shutter frame. This design creates a cleaner and more modern aesthetic.

 

  • Split Tilt: Split tilt shutters feature a unique design where the upper and lower sections of the shutter panel can be operated  independently. This allows for greater control over light and privacy, as each section can be tilted separately to accommodated different  preferences.

 

  • Motorization:  Motorized shutters allows for remote or automated control, from opening to closing or tilting the louvers. This feature offers convenience and ease of operation, especially for hard-to-reach windows or for adjusting multiple shutters simultaneously. Never be bothered again when the sun comes in and casts glare, as long as your remote is near.

Shutters offer center tilt, off center tilt, hidden tilt and invisible tilt options.
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