Louvered Shutters were traditionally used on upper-story windows to provide ventilation when the house was “shuttered” or closed for the season. Louver width is generally a function of sun angle so the further south, the wider the louver blade. Bahamas shutters are hinged at the top to allow adjustment to varying sun angles.
Tip: Use louvered shutters on all upper levels with narrow louvers in the north and wider blades to the south. Use medium blade Bahamas style in the islands.
Panel Shutters were traditionally used on the bottom story to prevent interior viewing and protection against attack. When closing a house for the season, “horns” or bottom style extensions were used to allow fresh air to enter the house. Horizontal cross rails were located to mimic sash overlaps and window transoms. Panel style was indicative of social status with more detailed designs going to the wealthy.
Tip: Select cross rail locations to match window sash cross rails. Use panel styles appropriate to architecture or make your own social statement. Note that Vixen Hill shutters offer two panel styles in the same shutter … turn them around if you change your mind.
Board & Batten Shutters were traditionally used on both upper and lower floors. They were the “poor man’s” or cottage shutter with little ornamental detail. Gaps between boards allowed for air movement and some light. Ornamental detail was generally limited to iconic cutouts. Wide shutters were reinforcing using diagonal braces.
Tip: Use Board and Batten shutters on casual structures such as sheds, barns and seaside cottages. Brace extra wide shutters with a cross brace and select an architectural cutout appropriate to your setting.
Combination Shutters mix panels and louvers in the same shutter leaf. These shutters are most often used to flank entry doors, sort of French screen doors. They were used primarily in cities where there was a desire for light and air movement but also privacy from pedestrians. These shutters are often also used for interior closet and decorative French doors.
Tip: Use Combination shutters to flank your front door or use them inside your house. They are thicker and more durable than commercially available closet doors.
Replanted forests are the source for Vixen Hill’s rot and insect resistant Cedar wood. We are the only company that starts with tree-trunk “cants”. We mill, air dry and machine the wood to exacting tolerances in our factory. The wood is strong, tight- grained, doesn’t twist or crack and resists rot and insects.
Vixen Hill’s Polystyrene shutters have a laminated acrylic finish. Unlike short-lived vinyl shutters that fade, become moldy and brittle, polystyrene shutters can last up to 45 years. They’re not rigid like wood or fiberglass but they’re affordable and can be installed to mimic real wooden shutters.
Short Side is the height from the bottom of the shutter to the start of the arc. The short side will determine shutter geometry. If the difference between the short side and height is equal to the leaf width, the shutter is a true circle top. If the difference is less then the shutter width, it is an Eyebrow archtop. If the difference is greater then the shutter width, it is a Gothic archtop.
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