Before diving into the benefits of window shutters, let’s clarify one thing. Some people install window shutters only for cosmetic reasons. They tend to draw the eye to your home’s beautiful windows while they add an interesting architectural detail (or a pop of color.)
However, if you have a coastal home, you might be interested in adding, replacing, or updating your shutters that actually close.
Shutters protect windows against strong winds, heavy rain, or hail. In addition, they block out sunlight, making it easier to sleep and keep your house cool during the day. Finally, shutters also provide privacy, as few other window treatments can.
Here are the different types of window shutters.
Types of Exterior Window Shutters Styles
Before we describe the types of window shutters, it’s worth noting that you can buy shutters made from real wood, composite wood (faux wood), PVC (polyvinyl chloride), plastic, or other materials.
Raised-panel shutters look like the door of a typical kitchen cabinet. Their simple design and low profile make them a good fit for most styles of homes.
Louvered shutters are built with angled slats that allow air and some light to pass through. Like the previous type, a louvered shutter is an excellent option for most styles of homes.
Board & Batten
This style of shutter features one to four boards held together by a cross panel called a batten. The batten can be placed horizontally or at an angle across the front of the wood boards. Batten shutters are reminiscent of the old world and often work well on homes with a rustic design. For example, you might see BnB shutters on French Country homes or cottages.
Bahama shutters (or Bermuda shutters) are designed to keep bad weather from destroying the windows in tropical areas. They have louvers in the design to let in a bit of daylight and a soft breeze when closed to keep out the blazing sun.
Exterior Window Shutters Can Protect or Showcase Your Beautiful Replacement Windows
Do you have questions about what style of exterior shutters would work best for your home or building? Talk with a design expert at Woodbridge Home Solutions. Are you interested in making your home more energy efficient and secure? Woodbridge Home Solutions can also discuss what a huge difference replacement windows could make in your home.
We proudly offer our exclusive Woodbridge Classic line of energy-efficient windows made in the USA. They feature triple-paned window glass, which can help keep the interior of your house at a comfortable temperature no matter the weather outside.