The Three Most Popular Types of Exterior Shutters

I’d like to introduce you to the three different types of exterior shutters that are considered the most popular for homes that are concerned about security, safety and privacy. Each one has it’s own unique look, and the one that you choose will largely depend on your own personal tastes, and the decor of your home.

The first and most popular style is the louvered shutter. Quite simply, this style of shutter consists of horizontal louvers running along the length of the shutter at regular intervals. The best thing about this style is that the louvers can be adjusted to allow as much or as little light into your home as desired. This functionality cannot be achieved by any other style of shutter, and this is the reason why it remains the favorite.

This is the board and batten type of exterior shutter.

This is the board and batten type of exterior shutter.

The second type is the board and batten. This is where you place a number of vertical boards together, quite often using a tongue and groove joint, and then reinforce them with a batten at the top and bottom of the shutter, and optionally along the middle as well. This style has a very rustic appeal, and is great in country style houses, as it looks a little bit like a barn door.  This would work well with some rustic lighting as well.


The final style is the raised panel. This is generally a single length of wood with some panels attached. It is completely solid, and therefore provides the best protection for your home. This is the style many people choose if they live in areas that are known for heavy storms and hurricanes. With the recent worries about climate change, more and more people are starting to realize that they need to do more to protect their homes, and shutters are a great place to start.

Any one of these types of shutters is going to cost you a fair amount of money to purchase and get installed, and you are going to want to ensure that you are happy with your choice before laying down the money and purchasing your shutter. If you want to see a full range in order to ensure you don’t miss the perfect solution for you, then I would suggest you do some research online. Don’t forget that amongst the three types of exterior shutters mentioned here, there are both vinyl and wood solutions, and a huge range of colors and shades.

If you need to match your exterior shutters with a roman blind or some other type of window covering, then a bit of research should uncover the perfect style for your needs.  For more styles of patio shades and blinds, you can search our category section.

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