4 Different Types of Exterior Wooden Shutters

Exterior wooden shutters bring a charm to homes and buildings that is reminiscent of various eras and locations. Many shutters on more recent building projects serve purely decorative purposes and can be made of a variety of materials, including the traditional wood. Shutters can be functional, protecting windows in storms, while acting as a type of screen when windows are open. There are a variety of shutter types, originating from various locals around the world. Shutters can be painted to match the exterior color scheme or simply stained to let the natural beauty of the wood show through. While shutters can be made from any number of wood species, red cedar tends to be favored for its beauty and durability. Here you will find information on the most common types of wooden shutters in production and use today.

1. Louver Styles

Lover style wooden shutters are a single panel shutter with small wooden slats, or louvers, positioned at varying intervals down the length. Some louver panels have actual functioning louvers; that is they open and close to varying degrees to allow more or less light and air to pass through them. Louver styles vary from traditional colonial types to more creative, custom shutters that take their inspiration from the original design.

2. Panel Styles

Shutters also come in a variety of panel styles, where the shutter is inset with solid panels of wood. This panels can be raised or flat, with or without various details. Due to the solid construction, they are not adjustable and do not allow for air or light to be adjusted. Panel shutters can also be functioning, in that they can be opened and closed to cover windows, and are more effective in keeping out elements than louver styled shutters.

3. Board and Batton Styles

Board and batton styles shutters have a simple construction featuring with several boards, usually of the same size, lined up next to one another vertically, with horizontal boards holding them in place at the top and bottom. This style of shutter was originally uses on very rustic buildings, such as sheds or barns, but has been adopted for use on homes due to its rustic charm.

4. Bermuda Styles

After having been settled by Europeans, the Bermuda style shutter combines the functionality of the European designs with the style and grace encouraged by the island's warm breezes and sea air. This style of shutter is essientially double panes of louvered wood placed side by side. The shutters are more expansive, presumably to accomodate the generous windows that were such a luxury for the European settlers. Bermuda styles, like louver styles, can have fixed or adjustable louvers to customize the amount of air and light permitted, and come in a variety of louver sizes.