Shutters: Design ideas, inspiration & pictures

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Shutters

The facade of your home is so important because it is the first thing you look at when you go home. But our busy schedule sometimes hinder us from standing still in front of our house and appreciate the home that we have. The first thing you will notice are your doors and windows. Take a look at these windows. So figile. Only a sheth of cloths and glass panes stand between you and the outside world. It could use an extra layer of protection. Lots of people overlook the wonders of improving the windows of our homes. It’s more than just a hole to looking through. Old languages call them “eye holes” or “Wind eye” where the wind meets your eye. It belongs to the overall aesthetics of your home. Improving it will upgrade your facade, while enjoying the benefits it provides. While there are many options for window treatment, shutters are a for both in- and outdoor to express your style.

When should I install shutters?

In the Philippines, our tropical monsoon will have a long dry season starting November all the way to May. When summer starts around April, and the weather gets really hot, it will be another months before it starts to rain. If you have the luxury of planning ahead, stay away from the rainy season that starts around May. The best time to install exterior shutters would be the first quarter of the year. February is a goldilocks zone to do constructions outdoor. It’s still fairly cold and it’s not quite summer yet. A long way from the rainy season which gives you the assurance to finish your project without the inconvenience of the rain disrupting your work schedule.

Types of shutters and materials

Exterior shutter

Some homeowners opt for exterior shutters that are only decorative and used for the purpose of improving the overall aesthetic of a house. Exterior shutters are installed permanently on the side of the home’s windows. These are either screwed or bolted directly to the surface of the wall, using spacers to prevent the accumulation of water from rain that may cause unattractive water marks on the facade.

Functional shutters have many benefits. It's the first line of protection against typhoon or thunderstorms. It also serves as an armor against the scorching sun, providing the option of controlling the amount of light that enters a room. They will keep the house warm during the colder months and provide your home with privacy.

Interior shutters

For window treatment besides curtains or blinds, some homeowners choose to have shutters instead. It is a versatile option that work for both traditional and modern aesthetics. Its purpose is to regulate light and provide privacy. These window treatments enhance the look and design of the space.

Nowadays, there are lots of variety and options to personalize Interior shutters. A number of materials from solid panels to glass and fabrics are now an option to be integrated to your shutter for as long as it can be mounted on a frame.

a. Board and batten are the simplest assembly of wood planks placed side by side and attached with another plank or hardware. These provide the most basic function of a shutter which is to cover or protect a window. Usually done in a rustic finish and is generally used for security or protection during severe weather.

b. Paneled shutters serve the same purpose of board and batten shutters but with an aesthetic upgrade. Decorated with moldings similar to cabinet doors and commonly done with a more refined finish.

c. Louvered shutters A series of sloping or angled overlapping slats or boards in a fixed position. Creating a system of slits, designed to allow ventilation or the admission of light but is capable of excluding rain.

d. Jalousies are louvers installed with movable slats that could be opened or closed by pulling on a string or controlled with a lever. technological advancements also made mechanical or remote controlled jalousies as options. Here in Manila, it is typical to use jalousies as the main window. Commonly made with an operable aluminum framing and slats made with glass.

Solid woods will endure the outside elements much longer than softer woods that will easily rot. Finishing the wood will extend their life. Teak Spanish cedar or mahogany will last longer for exterior uses because they are more resistant to rot, decay and even problems caused by insects especially if treated properly because this will reinforce the woods strength.

Fiberglass unlike PVC or vinyl that may warp or sag in extreme weather conditions, is a reinforced plastic that makes it a stable material and is not prone to rotting or twisting. It is comparable to the strength of aluminum but will not corrode.

Reminders to avoid common mistakes in installing a shutter

Even if you are installing faux shutters, the first consideration you have to make is that the size is appropriate to the window to assure a more authentic look. As if when closed, it should completely cover the entire window opening. While you’re at it, it helps if there are also hardwares to complete its look.

It is necessary to take notice of the louvers’ direction. Keep the leading edges of the louvers pointing up. This way, you are sure to keep the rain flow to an outward direction away from the window when closed.

Put a clearance with enough space to allow air circulation between the Shutter and siding by using spacers and other hardwares. Never mount it directly to the surface of the siding. By giving it ample space, this will avoid the accumulation of water and debris that can cause premature deterioration of the surrounding materials.

For surface mount shutter hinges, it is best to provide a large offset to deep recessed windows. This creates a deep shadow line that leads to an unintentional charming effect. The offset pertains to the measurement of the pivot point and mounting plate. Larger offsets will have a larger swing or throw. Be sure to consult this with a professional installer.

If you find that there is a particular window that is located where an obstruction might be to close to the shutter that could cause them not to completely open, install the shutter anyway. Thats right. Install them BOTH nonetheless. Even if the outcome does not fully open, let this not be a reason for you to only install a one-sided shutter. If it bothers you that much, consider if bi-fold option will solve this problem.

Can I install the shutter myself or should I hire a professional?

There are a lot of tutorials on the internet. But measuring and installing shutters whether for indoor or outdoor use, require an advance skill set. There are a lot of suppliers that accommodating the service of providing shutters from start to finish. When doing renovations, It is best to hire an installer or have a professional do it for you.