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Home Remodeling: What Shutters Can Do For Your Home

Written by Guest Blogger
May 24th, 2014

A continuation on our series about exterior home improvements.

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Exterior window shutters are very popular in the Dallas area, and can really pack on the curb appeal. They are an important aspect when considering having home remodeling done. Although some shutters are functional and can be hinged and latched during severe weather, non-functional decorative shutters are the most common shutters in our area, and cannot be opened or closed. You can read about the history of shutters here. There are several different types of exterior shutters to choose from that will give the front exterior of your home just the extra touch you are looking for.

  • Louver shutters are classics that give your home a timeless look. They are most commonly built with horizontal slats, but infrequently vertical slats.
  • Raised panel shutters give your home a traditional colonial look that is found in federal manor style homes and cottages.
  • Combination shutters, originating in New Orleans, are a combination of louvered and raised panel shutters. You can combine the two styles to create your own look that reflects your personal style.
  • Board-n-Batten shutters are often found on ranch style homes. The vertical slats are the boards and the horizontal boards are called battens.
  • For a more rustic look, Rough Saw Shutters are a popular choice. These have a weathered look, and often have gouges and scrapes that add to the rustic feel.
  • A combination of Board-n-Batten Shutters and Flat Panel shutters, Framed Board-n-Batten Shutters are most often found on traditional style homes.
  • Inspired by the simple, clean lines of Shaker design, Flat Panel Shutters are usually hand crafted. These types of shutters are usually found in Arts & Crafts style homes.
  • Reflecting the architecture of the islands, as their name indicates, Bahama and Bermuda Shutters bring a touch of the tropics to your home. They open outward from the bottom, to let air in but keep sunshine out.

Shutters should be made of durable hardwoods such as Spanish Cedar or Teak, as these woods are resistant to decay. These hardwoods also contain tannin, which repels insects and their damage. Some man-made materials are also acceptable, such as fiberglass. PVC shutters are not recommended as they can warp in the sun.

Your shutters should be finished and painted/stained to coordinate and compliment your home. Cut-outs in your shutters (diamond shapes, clover leafs or a symbol that is special to you) are another possibility to further distinguish them. Free-form style shutters and carved shutters are even another possibility. Just tell von Gillern Construction what you would like. Exterior shutters can give your home a completely new look. By using contrasting colors or materials, shutters are a great start to your exterior updates.

When you are ready to update the interior or exterior of your home, build room additions, update your kitchen or bathrooms, visit the von Gillern Construction website for more information, or call Jack at 972.818.0411. Award-winning von Gillern Construction is proudly committed to providing the best quality materials and craftsmanship for the Dallas area. We serve the entire Dallas metroplex area, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock, Addison, Park Cities, Lakewood and Preston Hollow.