Louvered exterior window 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. If hinged and closed over the window, 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 exterior window shutters provide a structured appearance that is desirable on many homes. The raised panel style is favored in many regions along the East Coast, but is certainly not limited to that region. Raised panels are considerably easier to finish than louvered shutters.
Grooved panel shutters are constructed the same way as the raised panel style, replacing the insert with a perforated section. This design simulates the vertical planks of the popular board and batten exterior window shutters.
Combination exterior window 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.
Board and batten shutters are simple in composition and construction. The rustic panel 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.
* Wood raised panel and grooved panel shutters integrate composite panel inserts.