5 Styles Of Shutters To Consider For Your Home

Posted on: 2 August 2023

Ready to install new shutters on your home but feeling a bit overwhelmed with your options? It will help to break down the multiple styles of shutters so that you can pick the best one for your home.

Accordion Shutters

Many homeowners select accordion shutters because of how convenient and practical they are. The shutter style allows the material to fold back very similar to an actual accordion and then extend forward to cover the window when the weather is bad. The shutters are made out of a durable material like steel or aluminum, which helps provide excellent protection against flying debris and high winds that can shatter the window glass.

Louvered Shutters

One of the nice things about louvered shutters is that they are not a completely solid panel that covers the window. Instead, they have multiple horizontal slats that angle downward, which allows some light to pass through the material. Louvered shutters are often made out of composite, wood, or vinyl material, rather than a stronger metal material, which means that louvered shutters can be affordable. They often get the job done to protect a home from storm damage. 

Raised Panel Shutters

Raised panel shutters offer a timeless look that you are familiar with. The panels are great for Georgian or Colonial-style homes and attach to the home's exterior as panels that sit to each side of the windows. The shutters look quite decorative when they are not in use due to the design created on the material. When a storm comes, the panels can swing inward and latch together to cover the window to offer protection.

Board and Batten Shutters

An alternative to raised panel shutters is board and batten shutters. They have more of a rustic look that doesn't fit as well with Georgian and Colonial homes and look best on cottage and farmhouse-style homes. Since board and batten shutters are made out of composite or wooden material, you can stain or paint the shutters to match the style of your home. This also means that the material needs maintenance over the years to stain or paint them again when the color fades.

Bahama Shutters

What makes Bahama shutters unique is that they are attached to the home with a hinge at the top of the window. The shutters extend outward when the shutters are open, and swing down when you are ready to protect the windows during a storm. They are best used on homes along the coast since they have an aesthetic that fits well with beach homes.