Most decorative shutters are designed to be installed in a stationary manner around the perimeter of the window. They are designed to be permanently secured to the sides of the window and are manufactured in aluminum, vinyl, wood and resin materials. There are many affordable stationary shutter styles that can be purchased.
Although many decorative shutters use a horizontal slat design, these imitate the appearance of a certain type of functional shutters. Actual louvered shutters have slats that open and close like venitian blinds. These shutters are commonly manufactured with wood but can be found in vinyl options also. Louvered shutters include styles such as a board and batten design, raised board design and plantation design. This style of shutter can be found installed on homes in the southern portions of the United States. One drawback to functional louvered shutters is that they are difficult to repaint.
Storm shutters can help protect windows from high winds during extreme weather, such as hurricanes.
Hurricane shutters are designed to protect the windows and doors of the home from being damaged during severe storms. Traditional exterior shutters, even those that are functional, generally aren't strong enough to hold up during a hurricane. The most common styles available for hurricane shutters include roll-down hurricane, accordion, storm panels, colonial, Bahama and plywood panels. These shutters vary in cost, quality and strength as well as their availability.
Most hurricane shutters are constructed from aluminum or wood. They can be permanently secured to the home and closed when needed, or they can be removed and stored until they are needed. Consumers will find that most hurricane shutters cost between $200 and $500 depending on the materials that are used to manufacture them, the hardware necessary to install them, the specific manufacturing company and the color options which are available.