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Common Wood Exterior Shutters Terminology

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
See “Western Red Cedar”
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 offer cut outs on solid surfaces and can be specified in the order process.
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.
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.
Paint or Stain. Unfinished is without paint or stain. ShutterLand external shutters are available painted, primed or unfinished.
Exterior shutters installed to swing open and closed using shutter hinges.
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 hinges, pintles, shutter dogs, bolts, and ring pulls.
Special order style using side stiles that extend above the top rail. Shutter horns are available on request.
The joint between a wood stile and rail is glued and doweled on one inch centers for strength.
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.
ShutterLand offers thousands of sizes in each style. Once an order is received, it is manufactured to the sizes and specifications received.
Medium Density Fiberboard
Shutters that are installed directly to the building for aesthetic purposes only
Operable Shutters
See “Functional”
Outdoor Shutters
See “Exterior Shutters”
See “Exterior Shutters”
A single shutter
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.
(Side) Stile
Vertical solid bar on either side of a shutter that extends the length of the panel.
ShutterLand manufactures louvered, raised panel, combination, grooved panel, board & batten, and bahama custom exterior shutters.
Special order style using side stiles that extend below the bottom rail. Shutter tails are available on request.
Tilt Bar
A vertical bar used for adjusting the louver position. A dummy, or faux, 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.
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.