External shutters are easy to fit and they are made to measure so you can bespoke the shutters to suit your window sizes.
Where to buy
We recommend Paul Millar from Simply Shutters, you can visit is website simplyshutters.co.uk or call him direct on 01842 814260
What is the difference between Cedar and Larch
- Larch shutters are all 32mm thick, while most of the Cedar shutters are 37mm thick.
- Larch shutters can only be supplied finished, while the Cedar can be supplied unfinished, primed or finished.
- Cost, Larch shutters are cheaper than Cedar shutters.
- The wood itself, Larch is heavy and dense, while Cedar is light and oily and better designed for outside use.
In the Cedar exterior range there are 7 styles to choose from, such as the Standard louvre design, a simple flat bladed shutter with 45 degree angled blades. The blades do not protrude from the back of the shutter only the front.
The Classic shutter is a very similar design, the main difference being the louvre blades are cut flush with the back of the shutter, but the front remains the same design as the Standard shutter.
In the Cedar exterior shutter range there is a shaker style shutter, this has two designs. A simple shaker design all round and one that includes a small chamfer on each inner edge of the recessed panel. If you are looking for something a little smaller in design, the flat external shutter has the louvres cut flush with the front and back of the shutter. The louvres are still angled at 45 degrees, but you can not see through the louvres as there is no gap.
The Thin Cedar shutters is a similar design to the Standard and Classic only the main stiles and rails are thinner at 32mm rather than 37mm and the louvres are angled at 40 degrees. There is a traditional panelled shutter available with a recessed back. These panels are 82mm wide and 16mm thick with 110 x 22mm stiles and rails on the back.
Finally a decorative exterior shutter with a raised and fielded panel design. 38 x 67mm rails and stiles with mortise and tenon joints, this decorative shutter is called the ‘Raised’ shutter within the Cedar section.
Larchwood external shutters come with 6 styles to choose from. Like the Cedar it also has a Standard louvred design and some solid designs. The Standard Larch louvres are set at a 40 degree angle with the blades stopping just short of the back of the panel. The Flat design is the same as the Flat design in the Cedar range. The Flush louvre has a rounded design and stops short from the front and back of the shutter. The louvres are 10mm thick, 36mm wide and are set at a 34 degree angle.
The Flush Top exterior shutter in the Larch range sees the top rail fitting right across the side stiles, this provides a different look to the shutter and helps keep the weather from penetrating the end grain of the side stiles. The look and design of the louvres are very similar to the Flush shutter.
The Larch also has a decorative Raised shutter, the main difference between this and the Cedar Raised shutter is the top rail. Like the Flush Top the rail sits across both the side sides offering a different look. The centre panel is 22mm thick.
Finally there is a Double louvred shutter, providing the same angled louvre look from both sides due the specially designed louvre blade. You get a louvred look but an actual solid panel so no light comes through this type of shutter.
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. They can be turned into operational shutters by adding hinges to them, shutters can then be hinged open and closed and across the window.
Traditionally made from wood, but now modern versions of the exterior shutter are available in the form of composite or plastic exterior 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.
External wooden shutters can be made from Cedar or Larchwood. They are engineered for added strength and can be louvred or panelled. 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.