Every type of shutter compared, part 1

We know that choosing window coverings can be daunting. There are so many different types of blinds, shades, and shutters… but which ones are right for you?

That’s why, in a series of three blogs, we’re going to describe and compare every type of shutter available. Take a look – we’re sure you’ll find something you like!

Basic shutter types

Shutters are not the same as blinds or shades. They tend to be made of panels within a frame, and they are used to protect your home from the effects of the weather. They can be fitted inside or outside.

Most shutters fall into one of three types:

  • Louvered shutters. Louvered shutters have individual slats. Often, these slats can be adjusted to get the right level of light and air flowing into the room.
  • Board and batten. These shutters were traditional in the Wild West! They are usually made of several boards of wood, held together crosswise by a wooden “batten”. Board and batten shutters are usually fitted to the exterior of your home.
  • European style. Panel style shutters are very popular around Europe. They are made of rectangular panels, usually wooden, inside a recessed rectangular frame. Like board and batten shutters, they are exterior window treatments.

In modern American homes, louvered shutters are the most popular type. They’re attractive, elegant, and easy to control. They are usually fitted to the interior of your home, and open horizontally. The most up-to-date louvered shutters can be motorized, so that you can adjust them with the touch of a button.

Next time, we’ll discuss some of the best shutter types for South Florida homes: California shutters, plantation shutters, and Palm Beach shutters. In the third blog of this series, we’ll discuss Norman shutters, Bahama shutters, and Pirouette shutter shades.

Check back soon for our next post – every type of window shutter compared, part 2!

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