With shutters playing such an important role in your home’s exterior aesthetics, and with so many styles to choose from, how do you choose the right one?
We hope our new “Style Spotlight” series will serve as a helpful guide providing you with everything need to choose the best shutter style for your home.
Each week we’ll highlight a different shutter style and break it down so it is easy and straightforward to understand. We’ll even include a lot of pictures so you can see the shutter style on various homes. Last week we covered Bahama Shutters.
Next up in our “Style Spotlight” series we have…
What Are Colonial Shutters?
Colonial shutters are most likely what you picture when you think of exterior shutters on a house. They offer a classic style and architectural appeal that enhances the look of a home.
There are different styles of colonial shutters. The oldest and most common is the Board & Batten Colonial shutter. Other styles include open louver and solid back colonials.
The board and batten style shutter is constructed using vertical boards, and horizontal battens.
Not sure what that means? No problem!
Take a look at the image below. This is a board and batten style shutter we recently installed on a client’s home.
You’ll notice the vertical boards and the horizontal “battens”.
Open Louver Colonials are another common style. This style of shutter has fixed or movable horizontal slats that allow for ventilation.
Last but not least there are Solid Back Colonials which are exactly like the open louver colonials shown above, with the exception of the solid back this style has when in the closed position.
When opened, Colonial shutters give your home an elegant charm and appeal. When closed, they provide outstanding protection from intrusion and severe weather like hurricanes.
At Palm Coast, we’re able to manufacture all of our colonial shutters with arched, angled, curved or flat tops.
This is important because not all shutter manufacturers are able to do that, and if any of the openings on your home call for an arched, angled or curved top colonial, trust us when we say, that’s what you want to make sure you install!
This is because it ensures it follows the openings style/look and keeps the home architecturally correct. Putting a rectangular colonial next to an arched window wouldn’t look right at all and could throw off the exterior design and appeal of your home.
The important takeaway is, be mindful of all the colonial shutter styles that are available and make sure you consult with a good shutter company that is able to assist you with choosing and manufacturing the shutters that will serve your home best in both style and function.
What Openings Are Colonial Shutters Good For?
Ease of Use:
The ease of use for this style depends on how the shutter is manufactured and installed. If thoughtfully done, they should be relatively easy to operate. Colonial shutters from Palm Coast are strategically designed for versatility and ease of use. This means, virtually anyone can open and close them as needed, and in half the time as other manufactured colonials.
Colonial shutters can be purely decorative, but are also available as code approved hurricane protection. Be sure you specify whether you want decorative or hurricane colonial shutters so they’re properly manufactured to fit your needs.
Average Time To Deploy:
45-60 minutes (whole house)
$20-35 per square foot
Colonial Shutters Photo Gallery:
Click on an image to view it larger. These images are of Colonial Shutters designed, manufactured and installed by Palm Coast Shutters & Aluminum Products. Learn more about Colonial Shutters from Palm Coast.