Custom Exterior Home Shutters San Diego
One of the easiest ways to add instant curb appeal to your house is with the installation of custom exterior shutters. This simple weekend project will instantly enhance the appeal of existing homes and new construction alike. The addition of exterior shutters produces depth and color that brings focus to outside windows.
Styles of Exterior Shutters
Outdoor louvered shutters are the most versatile and therefore the most widely employed. They add depth, texture, and symmetry to any façade, using angled horizontal louvers equally spaced and secured between the side stiles. When installed with functional outdoor hardware and closed over the window, wood louvered shutters allow air transfer through the slats. Limited space between louvers does make this style of shutter the most difficult to prime, sand, and paint.
Raised panel shutters incorporate solid tapered panels that lock between the stiles and rails. These rigid custom exterior shutters provide a structured appearance that is desirable on many homes. The raised panel style is favored in many regions along the West Coast, but is certainly not limited to that region. Outside raised panel shutters positioned over the window can give moderate storm protection or room-darkening privacy. Add a star, heart, sailboat, or tree cutout for a unique personalized result.
Grooved panel shutters are constructed the same way as the raised panel style, replacing the insert with a perforated section. This craftsman design simulates the vertical planks of the popular board and batten structure with the addition of surrounding stiles and rails. Solid panels are considerably easier to finish than louvered shutters.
Combination shutters merge the louvered and raised panel styles, separated with a divider rail. The most common configuration utilizes louvers on top with a raised panel below. However, this can be reversed or combined with a grooved panel.
Board and batten shutters are simple in composition and construction. The rustic construction utilizes vertical boards joined with horizontal battens. The board and batten style fits logically on a country farmhouse, but also can be installed on a contemporary dwelling for a surprising juxtaposition. Modifications to the configuration, including additional battens or space between boards, can be requested.
Tropical Bahama shutters utilize specialized hinges that attach to the top of the window opening. The outdoor panels then extend away from the house at the bottom to shade windows from extreme sunlight in coastal climates. The custom exterior shutters use fixed open louvers to permit seaside breezes into the house. One or more vertical sub-stile creates separate horizontal louver sections in wider panels.
Arch top shutters match the contour of a curved window. Louvered, combination, grooved panel, and raised panel exterior shutters all may be constructed with an arched top. Arch top shutters are necessary when rectangular panels cannot appropriately match the profile of the window opening. Mirror image left and right arches are arranged to flank either side of an opening.