Shutter Basics

Interior shutters are designed with hinged panels fitted with moveable horizontal louvers. Contemporary shutters typically have louver in sizes that are 2.5”, 3.5” or 4.5” wide, and are elliptical in shape for added strength. The panels swing open like cabinet doors and are usually mounted within frames. Shutter frames can be simple designs or highly decorative.

Plantation shutters originated and got their name from the southern states cotton plantations where wide-louvered shutters were first used. Traditional shutters, which originated in England, have small louvers. Modern shutter materials include solid poly, composite wood, and hollow vinyl. Each type shutter materials has their own characteristics and advantages.

While shutters do not offer complete room-darkening, they are quite effective at controlling the amount of light entering a room and at full closure are good at blocking the sun. When closed, a minimal amount of light will seep around frame edges and between the louvers.

With the louvers fully open, plantation shutters offer excellent visibility to the outdoors and provide maximum light. Shutters are one of the most energy-wise products you can place over your windows. 

Harmony Blinds and Shutters offers a large selection of shutter types and styles and we are experts at guiding you to the right product for your home environment while remaining within your budget. Call us for a no-obligation consultation in the comfort of your home or click on the make an appointment link that follows.

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