An outdoor shutter is a solid covering which is made with horizontal rails and vertical stiles frames. The frame usually consists of louvers which may be vertically or horizontally installed, glass, fabric, and other kinds of materials. The exterior shutters may be applied for various reasons. People use the shutters for reasons such as privacy, security purposes, which include protection from intrusion or advance weather conditions, ventilation, light regulation, and for aesthetic purposes. Depending on the design of the frame, the shutters can be installed to overlap the opening or to fit within the opening.
What are outdoor shutters? The shutters can be used for both interior and exterior of the house. The ones installed inside the house are interior and the ones installed outside the home are exterior or outdoor shutters. The shutters can be placed to cover both doors as well as windows. The common types of shutters are outdoors for aesthetic purposes.
Some of the standard shutters have rails mounted on the face of the building which allows for opening and closing. Some other types have hinges on each side of the window or at the top and use a swinging mechanism to open and close. Outdoor blinds with louvers are used for ventilation and privacy while protecting against rainwater, debris, and direct sunlight. There are two types of louvers, operable and fixed. Operable ones allow for regulation of the amount of light and air flow. Fixed ones are mainly used for protection against weather and intrusion. Nonfunctional shutters are only used for aesthetics, improving the beauty of the building.
The shutters are made from various types of materials. Some of the common materials used include synthetic foam, vinyl, faux wood, wood, and medium density fiber (MDF). The shutters with a wooden make mostly use Basswood. Traditionally shutters have been made from wood as it can withstand the outdoor environment. They also improve the house appearance as they offer a classy touch. Composite shutters are used in place of wood shutters as they provide more resistance to twisting and rotting.