Wooden exterior shutters
Wooden exterior shutters are used to protect your windows and house against the elements. They can be used for controlling the amount of light you get into the room or how much privacy you require.
In the UK, a typical wooden exterior shutter is used for decorative purposes only, this is because our windows open outwards, so it’s harder to access exterior shutters from inside the room. This is why interior wooden shutters are more popular in the UK. They can be turned into operational shutters by adding hinges to them, shutters can then be hinged open and closed and across the window if you are able to access them.
Traditionally made from wood, but now modern versions of the exterior shutter are available in the form of composite or plastic exterior shutters, you can order these from our good friend Paul Miller at Simply Shutters.
External shutters are fitted to the outside of your house to enhance the appearance. External shutters are designed differently than interior shutters because they have to withstand the wind and rain. Interior shutters normally have working louvre blades that can be tilted up and down to let the light into your room. An external shutter has fixed louvres usually angled downwards so the rain drips off.
Most of the time you will find them fixed to houses and used as decorative shutters. External shutters can have hinges mounted on them so they can be closed across the window for security and to keep the weather out of your home.
Where to buy
For wooden shutters, we suggest contacting a local Joiner, and for plastic exterior shutters e recommend Paul Millar from Simply Shutters, you can visit his website simplyshutters.co.uk or call him direct on 01842 814260