Now that you’ve decided to add shutters for your home, and you’ve selected the perfect style, material, and color, you have one final decision to make:
Should you go with fixed mounted or functional shutters?
While both are common in the world of exterior shutters, there are a few things to consider before you choose which option is right for you.
You may consider exterior shutters just an accent or decoration for the exterior of your home, but in reality, shutters offer a long list of practical benefits! From helping to heat and cool your home with each change in seasons, to offering additional privacy, shutters are an investment in efficiency and security. The reasons why you are choosing to add shutters to the exterior of your home will influence the way you will want those shutters mounted.
If you are truly selecting a shutter to add extra curb appeal to your home, then fixed mounted shutters may be the best way to go! These shutters will remain “fixed” on the exterior of your home and will not function at all. Fixed mounted shutters present a great opportunity to add decorative shutter hardware and give your shutters an extra pop. Additionally, fixed mounted shutters are easy to install!
With functional shutters, you can choose to open up or close your shutters, regulating the amount of light that enters your home and controlling airflow in and out of a window. Additionally, closing your shutters can allow for the protection of your windows from debris and other storm damage. Durable composite wood shutters that are functional can help insulate and cool your home. Closing your shutters in the winter can keep heat in and elements out.
From a design standpoint, functional shutters provide an authentic look that’s perfect for traditional and historic homes but can also liven up more contemporary home designs. Functional shutters add character and depth to the exterior of a home, creating intriguing shadow lines that help bring a building’s facade to life.
With functional shutters, you can also choose from a variety of shutter hardware options, from tiebacks (or shutter dogs) to hold your shutters in place when open, or shutter locks to keep them securely closed. Hardware is another authentic design detail that grabs attention and elevates the overall look of a home.