Parts of Shutters

Parts of Shutters

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Adding the right kind of window covering to your Cary, NC home can give you and your house a lot of benefits. Shutters are definitely one of the most covetable window covering options on the market as they offer a wide range of benefits.

For example, closing plantation shutters can help minimize drafts, helping keep rooms warm in the winter. Shutters are also flexible and easily customizable to match with other curtains or blinds, as well as different kinds of windows. They provide privacy without reducing light, as a simple tilting of the slats keeps passersby from seeing in but still allows in light, help reduce noise pollution from the outside, and increase a home’s property value, as they have an elegant and highbrow air. Also, as the slats minimize light pollutions, they allow for better, undisturbed sleep through the night and into the morning. Tilting but not shutting the slats allows for air ventilation and privacy, and security at the same time.

If you’re considering adding shutters to your home, it might help to learn more about them. For starters, some of the important parts of a shutter are:

  • Hanging Hinge – This hinge holds the shutter panel to the hanging strip or window jamb.
  • Stile – Stiles are the vertical pieces of solid wood between which the louvres rotate.
  • Top Rail – The top rail is the horizontal bar at the top of a shutter panel that provides the stability and structure of the shutter. The top rail also has a notch for the tilt bar.
  • Tilt Bar – Sometimes called the tilt rod, the tilt bar is a horizontal piece that links the louvres together so they open and close simultaneously.
  • Mouse Hole – The mouse hole is an indentation seen on both the top and bottom rails and is designed to hold the tilt rail.
  • Bottom Rail – Similar to the top rail, the bottom rail provides stability and structure but at the bottom of the shutter.
  • Louvers – Often called slats, the louvres are the movable horizontal pieces of wood that open and close the shutter.
  • Mid Rail – This horizontal bar separates the louvres into top and bottom sections.

The parts of the shutter aren’t the only important shutter terms you should know. You should also know terms like double tier. Double tier shuttles have one set of shutters at the top and another on the bottom that open independently from one another. Frame is also important, as you need a frame to mount full height shutters to a window opening. A panel is one side of a pair of shutters, or a single shutter. Most shutters consist of more than one shutter panel. Finally, a window jamb is your window opening’s vertical side where the shutters are attached.

If you want to learn more about window shutters, or have questions about your options for Cary, NC window coverings, Kiwi Designs, Fine Blinds & Shutters is here to help. Please stop by and visit us at 1785 NW Maynard Rd Cary, NC 27513 or give us a call at (919) 380-0898.

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