Adding decorative exterior shutters is an easy way to add value as well as curb appeal to your home in St. Petersburg. They come in a variety of styles and materials. Choosing the right one requires a little bit of knowledge. West Shore Construction is licensed and has skilled experts who can not only help you make the right choice for your home but install your shutters as well.
Decorative Exterior Shutters & Their Styles
There are three basic styles of decorative exterior shutters
- Paneled – The panel design is like a kitchen cabinet door. It may be a raised panel, flat panel, or recessed panel. Furthermore, paneled shutters may be arched to fit arched openings.
- Board and Batten – This is possibly the earliest type of shutter. Also known as Bnb, and constructed of two or three rows of vertically joined planks connected by horizontal planks or battens at the top and bottom.
- Battens may also run at right angles, joining in the center on the shutter’s outer edge.
- Louvered – Louvered shutters have slats or blades at fixed intervals. If these decorative exterior shutters are functional, they may be closed over the windows of your St. Pete home, providing ventilation through the blades. Blades on shutters may be fixed or movable. Movable slats regulate airflow and light. The two types of louvered shutters are Colonial and Bahama.
- Colonial – This style of decorative exterior shutters mount either side of the window. They affix at all corners or hinge to close. These shutters are manufactured to fit arched windows as well.
- Bahama aka Bermuda – Hinged at the top of the window and perfect for providing shade while allowing for enjoying the breeze of St. Petersburg coastlines.
Matching Your Architecture
Not all decorative exterior shutters will compliment every type of St. Pete architecture. Here, are the five most popular architecture types in Florida and the shutters complement those styles.
- Spanish Style and Mediterranean – Both board and batten and colonial louvered shutters complement these architectural styles.
- Ranch – In Florida, you will find traditional, beach and cottage style ranch homes. Ranches can easily sport any style of shutter.
- Coastal Contemporary – Bahama shutters lend an island feel to coastal style homes.
- Victorian – Traditional in architectural style, flat panel or louvered colonial shutters complement these classic homes.
Choosing Materials for Exterior Shutters
Different materials are to manufacture decorative exterior shutters. Typical options include wood, faux wood, vinyl, and powder-coated aluminum. We also install Colonial and Bahama shutters manufactured to offer protection from storms.
Professional Guidance and Installation
West Shore Construction has offered professional consultation and skilled workmanship to St. Pete area residents for over 30 years. We are here to help you make decisions for the exterior of your home as well as the interior. From planning to execution, construction, and installation, we are with you every step of the way. Not only will we install your decorative exterior shutters but we can provide remodeling, additions, and painting services.