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Types of Interior and Exterior Window Shutters

There are many kinds of window shutters in Panama City Beach, FL that you can have installed on the inside and outside of your home. Window shutters have two functions. Window shutters are designed to provide protection and privacy first and foremost. But their second function, and the one that you see most often with exterior window shutters, is for adornment around windows.

This makes sense when you think that the origin of window shutters was that they were the precursor to windows and provided some protection from the outside elements, such as wind, rain, and snow.

Interior window shutters are designed to give you privacy. They come in many lengths and styles, so that you’re sure to find a window shutter that fits in beautifully with the décor of your home.

Exterior window shutters, with the exception of a few types, such as hurricane (also known as Bahama) window shutters, are designed to decorate the outside of your windows.

Most window shutters have a similar design. However, the panels of the window shutters come in many different styles. The two main types of panels in window shutters are louvered (slats that may be stationary, such as those on exterior window shutters, or may be moved, such as those on interior window shutters) or are a solid surface.

When you’re choosing louvered interior or exterior window shutters, you have options for what size you want the louvers to be. The typical louver sizes are between 1 ¼ inches and 4 ½ inches, but you can also have custom-sized louvers manufactured for your window shutters.

There are other types of exterior window shutters as well. One style that is popular is raised panel window shutters. These window shutters don’t have louvers. Instead, they are made of two solid panels that sit in a frame, and they give the appearance of being perfectly-aligned, identically-sized rectangular boxes.

One of the most popular interior window shutters is plantation window shutters. These are traditionally made of two full-height panels with wide louvers that are installed so that they cover the entire window.

Plantation window shutters are a great option for interior window shutters because they complement almost any decorating style and because they provide many options for privacy, light filtering, and ventilation.

The panels of plantation window shutters can be opened to allow the maximum amount of natural light into a room. If it’s a particularly sunny or hot part of the day, the panels of the plantation window shutters can be closed, but the wide louvers can be adjusted to allow natural light in without the full intensity of the sun, which can be blinding or make a room much warmer.

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The wide louvers of plantation window shutters also give you many options for ventilation on nice days, when the weather’s just right and soft breezes are blowing to keep things very comfortable outside.

You can take advantage of days like these to let fresh air flow through your house both to air it out and to fill the house with the gentle aromas of the flowers and trees in bloom outside. Using the louvers on your plantation window blinds, you can tilt them completely open for maximum ventilation or you can adjust them up or down to customize ventilation.

Tier on tier window shutters are another popular interior window shutter. The advantage of tier on tier window shutters is that because one set of panels is installed on the bottom half of the window and the other set of panels is installed on the top part of the window, you have many options for privacy and light control.

If you’d like learn more about window shutters in Panama City Beach, FL, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm.

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