The Basics of Shutters


Basics of Shutters

An interior shutter is comprised of hinged panels fitted with moveable horizontal louvers. The typical louver sizes for contemporary shutters (plantation shutters) are 2.5”, 3.5” or 4.5” wide, and are elliptical in shape for added strength. The panels open like cabinet doors and are mounted within frames (typically). Shutter frames can be simple or decorative.

Today’s plantation shutters originated from southern cotton plantations where wide-louvered shutters were first used. Traditional shutters, which originated in England, have small louvers. In addition to wood, today’s shutter materials include composite wood, solid poly, and hollow vinyl, each with their own characteristics and advantages.

While shutters do not offer complete room-darkening, they are very effective at blocking sun and controlling light. When closed, a minimal amount of light will seep around frame edges and between the louvers. With the louvers fully open, plantation shutters offer great visibility to the outdoors and maximum light. Concerned about energy use? Shutters are one of the most energy-wise products you can place over your windows. 

At Harmony Blinds and Shutters, we carry all of the common shutter types and styles and we are experts at guiding you to the right product for your home environment and budget. Can we help guide you to the right shutter solution? Call for a no-obligation consultation in the comfort of your home!

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