The Differences Between Shutter Features

Posted on: 27 July 2016

Shutters are a good choice for any home, as they provide a great amount of privacy as well as control over the light you'll let into a room, without taking up the same space as billowy drapes. It may also be easier to match shutters to your home's patterned fabric on furniture and other décor. When you are ready to shop for shutters, note a few differences between their designs and features so you know you get the right style that you'll love for years to come.

Security shutters

If you're adding shutters over windows or doors that need added security, keep in mind that the latch attached to most shutters only keeps the panels closed; it won't do much to deter an intruder. A security shutter will have a heavy-duty lock that requires a key to open. These shutters are also typically made of thicker wood that is more difficult to splinter with a good swift kick, and may be installed with the same type of heavy hinges you see on a front door. Don't assume that standard shutters offer you any more security than other window dressings but upgrade to actual security shutters when you want this additional protection.

Hinge design

Shutters are hinged, but you need to note the style and location of the hinge. Standard hinges only allow the shutters to open to a ninety-degree angle, so the shutters will jut into the room. Piano hinges will allow them to fold flat against the wall behind them. Also, you might want to choose sectional shutters, or those with hinges along the sections or panels, so you can fold them flat like an accordion. This allows you to open them fully in a smaller space since the sections fold against each other and won't take up so much room. You also get more control over the amount of sunlight coming into a room, as you can open just one smaller section at a time.

Panel versus louvers

Panel shutters are one flat panel, and they can be very eye-catching, but they offer you the least amount of control over light and air since you need to open one full panel at a time. Be cautious about this type of design, especially in rooms with lots of direct sunlight. If you're opting for louvered shutters, this will mean horizontal slats you can open with a twist rod. Note the location of the rod; if it's down the center, this can interfere with your view when the slats are open. Some rods are instead hidden in the shutter frame for a cleaner look and for maximum light and air through the slats. For more information, contact a business such as Blind Inspiration.