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Combining the finest materials with proven design and precision milling, Vixen Hill has created a masterpiece of durability and appearance.
Exterior shutters from Vixen Hill are handmade from clear, select #1 or better western red cedar.
The shutters are assembled with old world craftsmanship using authentic mortise and tenon construction. The tenons are secured in the mortises with solid teak through pegs.
Our exterior wooden shutters are available in all the traditional styles you would expect. We also offer a full line of traditional shutter hardware.
In 1980, Vixen Hill began crafting real wooden shutters because they were nearly impossible to find. Fiberglass and plastic shutters had virtually monopolized the shutter industry during the building booms of the 60’s and 70’s. Unfortunately, the attempt to replace traditional wood shutters with synthetic materials had inherent problems. Difficulties included window size mismatch, harmful and inaccurate mounting practices, fading and repainting issues.
Vixen Hill’s solution was to go back to traditional pegged mortise/tenon joinery with improvements unavailable in earlier shutter designs.
First, Vixen Hill built a wood mill to process the world’s finest cedar from British Columbia. Next, it offered shutters to match window sizes using strong hidden joints. The result was a historically accurate shutter made of rot and insect resistant wood, designed to discourage water and insect penetration.
Buying clout and milling expertise allow Vixen Hill to offer the best quality at the best price. Before you commit to other shutter companies, take the time to explore the world of Vixen Hill.
Don’t believe that plastic, metal and high density foam shutters outlast wood. Plastics and foam are not enduring because of surface temperatures and ultraviolet attack. This causes warping and failure in materials. And when it comes time to refinish, try repainting plastic!
Metal shutters eventually oxidize beneath the paint and must be wire brushed and primed before repainting. Salt air can be especially fatal to metal-clad shutters.
Don’t hang shutters flat against the wall. Whether wood or synthetic, there needs to be air circulation! Allow an inch or more between the back edge of the shutter and the window frame. Additional benefits include interesting shadow lines and a three dimensional aspect that tells observers that the shutters are real.
Don’t hang shutters with louvers angled down when they are open. Do hang them with louvers angled “up” to discourage bat & insect nest-building. This will also allow them to shed water when they are closed.