Close the deal on window shutters
Window shutters are used both for decorative as well as pragmatic applications, and they've been a fixture on residential buildings for centuries. Shutters can be used both in the interior and on the exterior of your house, and are available in numerous classic styles that allow you to reflect your individual tastes while emphasizing the unique beauty of your home.
Typically, interior shutters are fully operable and are attached to the sides of your windows with hinges. They will open into the room, allowing you to let in light and fresh air as you see fit.
However, there are other types of interior shutters that have a more creative look and feel. Louvered shutters look and function much like blinds; these window treatments cover the surface area of the window in horizontal slats and can be opened or closed fully or partially by using a lever. Specific types of louvered shutters, such as plantation shutters and California shutters, are defined by the thickness of the individual slats.
Usually, interior shutters are wood shutters; given the precision climate control you enjoy indoors, it isn't necessary to consider heat, cold, moisture, humidity and other factors that may affect your choice of exterior shutter materials.
The original function of exterior shutters was to allow dwellers privacy and light control while warding off wind and rain. Today, though, given advancements in indoor climate control, exterior shutters primarily function as decorative accoutrements.
Exterior shutters can be fixed (immobile) or operable (fully functional). They are traditionally made of wood, with small slats that have an inward, sharp diagonal slant. However, in recent years, exterior shutters have begun to be crafted from newer synthetic and composite materials including fiberglass, PVC and vinyl. Vinyl shutters last longer than wood shutters, on average, because vinyl resists warping and rotting much better than wood.
Hurricane shutters are a specialized type of exterior shutter. They are specially designed to be extremely strong and resistant of wind and rain, and cover the entire surface area of windows and even doors. If you live in a region that gets a lot of hurricane and tropical storm activity, they're an investment you should think long and hard about making.