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Common Wood Exterior Shutters Terminology

Board
Vertical members of board & batten decorative exterior shutters
Board & Batten
Shutter style constructed from vertical boards and horizontal cross members called battens. Shutter style details found on board & batten shutter page.
Bottom Rail
A solid horizontal bar across the bottom of exterior shutters
(Shutter) Cap
A protective inverted U-shaped cover that fits over the top edge of wood exterior shutters to protect against moisture damage. ShutterLand aluminum shutter caps extend the width of the shutter panel and can be painted the same color as shutters.
Cedar
See “Western Red Cedar”
Combination
Shutter style incorporating louvers above the divider rail and a raised panel below. Shutter style details found on combination shutter page.
Custom Exterior Shutters
External shutters made to exact size and component specifications. We offer panels in 1/4 inch increments by height or width. This allows us to streamline our manufacturing process and keep prices low.
Cut Outs
Shapes that are cut out from raised panel shutters. We do not offer cut-outs.
Decorative
See “Non-Functional”
Divider Rail
A horizontal bar that creates a top louver section and bottom louver or raised panel area. A divider rail is optional on all louvered and raised panel shutters under 70″. A divider rail is required on all combination shutters to create separation between the louver and raised panel areas.
Exterior Shutters
Shutters constructed for use on the outside of a building or structure. Exterior shutters are generally built from materials that naturally withstand the outdoor environment.
Finger-Joint
Method to join two short pieces of wood to form a longer component. We use solid wood components, and DO NOT use finger-jointed wood.
Finish
Paint or Stain. Unfinished is without paint or stain. ShutterLand external shutters are available painted, primed or unfinished.
Functional
Exterior shutters installed to swing open and closed using shutter hinges.
Hardware
Used to attach exterior shutters to the outside of a building. Shutter hardware can be used to make shutters functional or for decorative purposes on non-functional shutters. References shutter caps, hinges, pintles, shutter dogs, bolts, and ring pulls.
Horns
Special order style using side stiles that extend above the top rail. Available on request.
Joint
The joint between a stile and rail is glued and doweled on one inch centers for strength.
Louver
Horizontal slats contained within a shutter panel. ShutterLand offers exterior shutters with different louver sizes depending on the material. Shutter style details found on louvered shutter page.
Made-to-order
ShutterLand offers thousands of sizes in each style. Once an order is received, it is manufactured to the sizes and specifications received.
MDF
Medium Density Fiberboard
Non-Functional
Shutters that are secured directly to the building for aesthetic purposes only
Operable Shutters
See “Functional”
Outdoor Shutters
See “Exterior Shutters”
Outside
See “Exterior Shutters”
Panel
A single shutter
Rail
See “Top Rail”, “Bottom Rail” or “Divider Rail”
Raised Panel
Shutter style that incorporates one or two (using a divider rail) raised panel sections. Raised panels are constructed out of exterior grade MDF. The front of the raised panel sections are beveled on the edge and escalate to a center plateau. The back of the panel sections are flat. Raised panels are not suitable for staining. Shutter style details found on raised panel shutter page.
Shutter Cap
A cap that fits over the top edge of an exterior shutter to protect against moisture damage. It can be painted the same color as shutters. ShutterLand shutter caps are made of aluminum.
(Side) Stile
Vertical solid bar on either side of a shutter that extends the length of the panel.
Style
ShutterLand manufactures louvered, raised panel, combination, grooved panel and board & batten custom exterior shutters.
Tails
Special order style using side stiles that extend below the bottom rail. Available on request.
Tilt Bar
A vertical bar used for adjusting the louver position. A dummy tilt bar may be used to give fixed louver shutters the appearance that the louvers will rotate.
Top Rail
A solid horizontal bar across the top of a shutter panel.
Unfinished
Wood that is raw without finish.
Western Red Cedar
Ideal for building outdoor wood shutters and for use in other exterior construction. The wood resists decay, requires little maintenance, finishes well, and the aroma deters bugs.
Window Shutters
Includes both interior and external shutters.