Exterior Craftsman Shutters - Selecting Your Window Shutter Style
Selecting Your Window Shutters
Choosing the right shutters to enhance the beauty of your home should be an easy decision, right? Wrong! "Honey, I choose blue" just won't do. You have options to consider before you make a purchase you'll live with for years. Your choice of exterior shutter will have a significant impact upon the style of your home far beyond "what color?".
Determining the best architectural style of your shutters should be your first priority. Each type has its own history and tradition:
LOUVERED: This classic style covers the broadest range of applications, blending in well with most modern residential designs. Carpenters chose the louver idea to make good use of smaller pieces of wood and to allow some sunlight to penetrate shuttered windows. Unfortunately, bees and spiders love the spaces between louvers. These are the most difficult to maintain.
RAISED PANEL: For an authentic Colonial look, nothing substitutes for the solid beauty of shutters crafted of inset panels in a frame. Craftsmen had to carefully select the larger wooden panels to avoid splitting, and assembly involved meticulous gluing and clamping. Panel shutters are equally at home with Federal, Colonial, and Craftsman style homes and look great with brick facades. Fewer bug problems and easier maintenance are plusses, too.
COMBINATION: Can't decide between louver and panel? Choose a "combination" style, in which the upper panel is louvered and the lower is solid. This was a common trade-off for light versus strength in Colonial America, and looks just fine for today's homes, too.
BOARD-n-BATTEN: Inspired by the practical carpenters who created the town n country look of coastal New England homes, this simple almost rustic design is the premier choice along seacoasts and lakeshores and even in the desert Southwest. Joined or spaced, the heavy boards secured by horizontal battens face the toughest weather fearlessly. Maintenance and storm repairs are easy for this distinctive shutter style.
BAHAMA: Also called Bermuda or Hurricane shutters, this design approach has long been familiar in coastal areas from Virginia to the Keys, and favored as well in modern subdivisions in Arizona and New Mexico. Practical and structurally stable, Bahama shutters can be manufactured to meet the stringent Miami-Dade codes. This style remains one of the last truly functional shutters in modern America.