If you’re looking to do some exterior remodeling to your home, installing or replacing shutters is a great option. With the right shutters, you can change the character of not just your windows, but your entire home exterior – without the costly expense of replacing your siding or repainting.
Here’s our handy guide to selecting the perfect shutter for your home.
The classic type of shutter is full-height, covering the entire window and swinging out from each side. The most important benefit is protection – they’re great for defending your windows against the elements during storms or blizzards. They’re also great in the winter, acting as an extra layer of insulation against escaping heat.
And since they’ve been around the longest, full-height shutters provide a huge array of options to configure them for the décor and style of your home.
Tier-on-tier shutters, or double-hung shutters, are made up of two panels hung one on top of the other. This provides four separate elements that can be opened and closed independently. They make a bold visual statement and provide a huge range of flexibility. Interested in the amount of natural light entering your home? These shutters are perfect for not only controlling the amount of light you get, but where it hits. They’re also great if you’re worried about privacy: you can minimize visibility without sacrificing sunlight.
Café Style Shutters
Café style shutters cover the bottom part of the window while giving the upper area a completely open view. This offers similar benefits to tier-on-tier shutters in terms of privacy and natural light, but with an added visual flair.
As the name suggests, café shutters are perfect for giving your home a quaint, welcoming feeling. They’re great to add a touch of charm to your kitchen or to tie together a rustic theme and add real, definitive character to your windows.
If you’re looking for a traditional approach, solid shutters might be perfect for you. They come in full-height and tiered designs, but more importantly they come without louvres or slats. These solid panels of wood not only provide great protection for your windows, they offer a surprising amount of style choices. Without openings to worry about, you can decorate them with any patterns or colors you see fit!
Tracked shutters glide open to either side of your window effortlessly, and they. look great opened or closed. They have the largest space requirement of any shutter, making them ideal for larger windows or even glass doors!
Using the Right Materials
After you choose the type of shutter that’s right for your home, don’t overlook the material. If you’re looking for a more visual flair, wood is the safest way to ensure your shutters offer that touch of class and charm. Meanwhile, if your home is regularly hit with storms or you’re looking for durability, choose vinyl – it’s waterproof, strong, and long-lasting.
Whatever type of shutter you want to install, we’re here to help. We have the expertise to bring your vision to life or find the perfect option for your home. Contact us today to begin revitalizing your home’s exterior.