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Identification and Background
Shutters are stable paneled window treatments that have tilting louvers made of wood, faux wood or vinyl. Shutters do not pull up and down; only the louvers tilt open and closed for light and privacy control. Common sizes of louvers include 2 ½”, 3 ½” and 4 ½”.
Shutters have been a popular and commonly seen design piece in homes for a long time. They are believed to have originated in Greece. Then, they were made of marble, had fixed louvers, and were installed to protect against storms. The design idea grew throughout Europe and shutters were eventually made with movable wooden louvers. Over time, the design arrived in America. In the 1800’s, shutters became a popular covering for the large windows on the mansions and elegant homes in the American south. They are also called plantation shutters or estate shutters.
Present day, shutters are admired for their integrated, built-in look. They are the only type of window covering that adds appraisal value to a home. They are extremely durable and never go out of style.