What is a Window Shutter?
A window shutter is a stable and hard covering for windows. This is characterized by a frame made of vertical stiles and horizontal railings. In this frame contain louvers which can be fixed or operable, and can either be horizontal or vertical. There are also solid panels made of fabric or glass and other items can be mounted on the frame. There are many reasons why a shutter is installed besides enhancement of the house’s aesthetics. Protection against harsh weather is a primary reason why a shutter is installed. Today’s weather is very unpredictable. The sun may be very hot in the morning but it may rain heavily during the afternoon. A shutter can protect the room against both kinds of weather. Shutters also protect homeowners against entry by burglars and other intruders.
A window shutter includes both the interior ones which are used inside the house or a building and exterior ones which are used outside them. Some structures have both of these window and door covers.
An Interior shutter hinges on either side of the window’s opening. It can be swung inwards to allow the light to enter the room. A shutter that can be operated has slats that can be rotated open or closed to adjust the level of light and the flow of air going into the room, as well as the level of visibility. Other types of shutters don’t have rotatable louvers. A shutter with full height can be constructed with a horizontal divider rail to isolate the upper and lower parts of the shutter.
An exterior shutter is made primarily to control light, ensure privacy, and to protect the house against outside elements. Both fixed and operable slats shed the rainwater and allow transfer of air. It also protects against direct sunlight and flying debris. A solid board shutter is designed to protect against severe levels of weather. There are other types of shutters that don’t have the protective capabilities of traditional ones. Their only purpose is to enhance the aesthetic aspects of the house.
There are specific types of wood used in making exterior window shutters. Newcastle home owners may find shutters made of Spanish cedar, Teak, and Honduran Mahogany. These types of woods have grains that breathe out moisture which is perfect for outside shutters since they are exposed to a lot of water especially during rainy days. The quality of these woods makes them highly resistant to decay and rotting. They are also more durable compared to pine wood. These woods also have tannin which protects against insect infestation.
A shutter is designed to last a lifetime even with repeated use. Cracked slats won’t be a problem even if there are kids inside the house because the slats can easily be replaced when needed. There are big companies today that manufacture quality and durable shutters for different house and building designs. Most of them use only the best wood fit for such window covers, and offer their products at a very affordable price.
Here is a video showing how plantation shutters work in your home and how easy they are to install:
Installing shutters seems simple. Have fun improving your home!