Exterior Wooden Shutters

How do you select exterior wooden shutters? There are a number of considerations when choosing your own personal architectural look & feel for your home.

  • Functional Shutters

  • Nonfunctional Shutters, (only appear to be functional)

  • Hardware

  • Installation

Quality wooden shutters are for the homeowner who appreciates the details and can afford them.

Traditionally paneled shutters are used on the first level and louvers on the second. Today you see louvered shutters on all levels or panels on all floors.

Board & Batten is used often on single story homes and adds a “Country” or “French Country” look. I’ve seen them more recently on new two story custom homes as well.

Sizing them and attaching them correctly is a detail you don’t want to overlook. They should be made to look like they’re functional even if they’re not.

Wood quality is important too. Woods that are weather resistant are- Western Red Cedar or Mahogany.

Details like joinery, wood grain, thickness of wood rails and stiles, shutter caps, primer and paint… all contribute to the integrity and longevity of your shutters.

Hardware material and styles take it to the next level when it comes to an overall look of functionality. There is a lot to choose from. A supplier should be able to help you make the right choice for your home.

There are a lot of details to consider. Another source to check into is Timberlane Shutters.

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