Currently, shutters are made in several different materials, with wooden shutters and engineered wood shutters still being the benchmark material for quality window coverings.  Quality wood shutters are made to last for the lifetime of a home. Deciding on your shutters’ material is the first step in finding the best shutters to suit your home.

Selecting your shutter style

There are two fundamental styles of shutter blinds available. The classical style uses narrow shutter panels with 1-1/4″ louvres or slats. Traditional shutter louvers are normally wedge-shaped, thicker in the front, and narrower in the rear. Shutters made for larger windows are generally 1-18″ thick with larger louvres.

Selecting the shutter finish

Plantation shutters can be stained, painted, or both.  Almost all companies offer several different paints with stain colours, while some do not.  Paint colours will generally include a variety of whites and light shades.

The stains help enhance wood grains in many tints and tones, starting from light natural tones to a very dark, almost black pitch.  Bear in mind, neither synthetic nor wood composite shutters can be stained.

Arrange the price

Because of the material options, shutter blinds are sold in a wide range of prices, with many sellers calculating the price by the square foot.  Prices are determined based on the precise window size, shutter style, finish, and the number of panels required.

Deciding which unit

Shutter units can use several different panel configurations within a window.  The number of panels across the shutter depends on the shutter style, traditional or plantation, and the window width.  The conventional style panels usually are narrower than the plantation-style and will use more panels across the window.

A window shutter company will offer guidelines for the number of panels to be used on each window.  If the windows are high enough; you may want to consider a double tier or tier on tier shutter unit that uses one set of shutters at the top and another set at the bottom.

You can then open each set of shutters independently of the other.  You can also ask for a divider rail, which is a horizontal strip that produces a top and bottom louvre section within a single panel style.

Measure and order

Carefully follow the measuring instructions and determine the window type and installation provided by the company you selected.  The directions should be detailed yet quite simple for you to follow.  Some companies will ask you to measure the windows, while others prefer to do it themselves.

Make sure the company should also offer phone assistance should you have any questions.