Today, shutters can be found both indoors and out, offering more than just protection from the elements: exceptional beauty, terrific insulation, a variety of light control options and a life expectancy unmatched by most other window coverings. Plus, you can consider shutters an investment—most are appraised into the value of a home. Combine shutters with fabric to soften their hard lines or leave them beautifully, distinctively elegant. Comb through the variety of options: plantation, roller, accordion, arch top, Bermuda and more. With louvers from as little as 3⁄4″ to as wide as 51⁄2″ inches to suit your needs, there’s a shutter waiting for you.
Helpful Information About Shutters
Advantages: Natural and warm; insulates well; bridges the gap between design styles; high structural integrity; recyclable; can be painted or stained to match any décor; self-squaring frames have eliminated much of the difficulty of installation; prices have dropped due to the product becoming more accessible and available; specialty sizes offer plenty of options.
Disadvantages: Not as effective in areas where water, humidity and/or moisture may be a problem, such as bathrooms; wood can warp, crack or split due to fluctuations in humidity; louvers can accumulate dust quickly if not manipulated/ cleaned often; rigid; occasional unpredictable louver quality, especially with painted surfaces; lead time to acquire product can sometimes be lengthy, depending upon the manufacturer.
Cost: Costs will vary depending upon the type of shutter style selected (see “Good to Know” for descriptions), the size of the shutter needed, configurations, and finally, whether it is stained, unstained or painted. They can also be priced by the square foot or by the square inch. However, a “normal” double hung window approximately 30″ wide by about 42″ high will equate to a shutter somewhere in the area of about $200–$400.
Most Appropriate Locations: Kitchens, living and dining rooms, bedrooms, dens, offices. Do not install in areas of high moisture, such as a bathroom. Interior and exterior applications, although exterior requires regular maintenance.
Care & Cleaning: Minimum maintenance. Use a feather duster or soft cloth to remove dust accumulation between the louvers—be sure to manipulate the louvers tilted up, then down, to remove all accumulation; washing is not recommended as, despite being sealed, the wood can discolor or warp; vacuuming with a brush attachment is also effective.