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"What are the uses and benefits of exterior shutters?"
Exterior shutters generally serve one of three purposes:
Decorative Exterior Shutters – are added for style, and to enhance curb appeal. Decorative shutters are usually non-functional or minimally functional.
Functional Exterior Shutters – often serve a dual purpose: style and function. Functional benefits include light control, ventilation, insulation, weather protection, privacy and security.
Storm Protection Shutters – are used to keep windows safe during storms and extreme weather.
"What are the different kinds of exterior shutters?"
The most common types of exterior shutters are:
Raised panel shutters are solid, single- or double-paneled window shutters that resemble cabinet doors. Raised panel shutters work with a wide variety of home styles.
Louvered shutters are made with slats so that air and light can enter and exit the home. Louvered shutters are common throughout the U.S.
Exterior Plantation shutters – louvered shutters made with larger slats –add a stylish look to any home. Popular in warmer climates, exterior plantation shutters are often used to protect exposed areas like balconies, patios, outdoor kitchens, sunrooms and verandas.
Board & Batten (BnB)
BnB shutters typically consist of two to four vertical boards fastened together with horizontal or diagonal cross panels. Because of their simple, country-like appearance, they work well with rustic and countrified home styles.
Bahama shutters (sometimes called Bermuda shutters) are hinged above the window, and opened from the bottom. When open, they maintain shade while allowing fresh air to enter. When closed, they help protect against storms. Bahama shutters are especially popular in tropical regions.
Other less common styles of exterior shutters include: cut-out shutters, with decorative designs cut out of the shutters, arched shutters, for windows with rounded tops, and, combination shutters, which are a mix of two or more shutter styles.
Exterior shutters are often customized. The most common materials are wood and vinyl.
"What are the uses and benefits of interior shutters?"
Interior shutters can provide: increased privacy and security, control over the amount of natural light let in, protection against UV-related furniture damage, ventilation in warm weather, insulation in cooler weather, a "wow" factor, and, increased home resale value.
Many homeowners appreciate interior shutters because they come in a variety of sizes, materials and designs, with functional options including how much of the window is actually covered.
"What are the main kinds of interior shutters?"
Interior shutters are often categorized into one of these popular styles:
Shaker/Solid Panel – simple, flat, solid panels.
Louvered – to allow for varying degrees of light, ventilation, and privacy. Louvered shutters typically come in either traditional or "plantation" style (characterized by wider slats than traditional shutters).
Plantation – louvered shutters with wider slats. Plantation shutters add a touch of class to any room, let in plenty of sunlight when fully open, and help control a room's ventilation and temperature.
Tier on Tier – with an upper and lower tier of shutters. Often, the upper tier is opened to allow light to enter, while the lower tier remains fully or partially closed for privacy.
Cafe-style – used to add privacy, these shutters only cover the lower half of the window, leaving the upper half fully open.
Interior shutters come in a variety of sizes, materials and designs, and are highly customizable.
"Do shutters provide insulation and energy efficiency?"
Yes. Indoor shutters offer added insulation and increased energy efficiency by allowing homeowners to regulate: the amount of sunlight let in, the flow of warm or cold air, into or out of the house, and, the amount of humidity that enters or leaves a room.
Exterior shutters can help: increase shade and ventilation in warm weather, and, retain indoor heat in colder weather.