Exterior Shutters (Moveable & Fixed)

These exterior shutter pairs are fabricated with 2 inch wide louvers that can be fixed or moveable, panels that can be raised or flat, or board & batten. Shutters provide a great deal of character and curb appeal.

Americana DeVenco manufactures new shutters to your exact specifications for your application. We can finish in the color you choose (or raw for you to finish) and all shutters ship pre-hinged and ready to install. You should expect your Americana DeVenco shutters to last into the next generation with little maintenance.

Louvered

  • 1-1/4” thick shutter
  • 1-3/4” wide by 3/8” thick louvers
  • 1-1/2” spacing between louvers
  • 2” wide stiles
  • 3” top rail and lockrail with 3-3/4” bottom rail
  • Standard is fabricated from Western Red Cedar

Paneled

  • 1-1/4” thick shutter
  • 7/8” thick raised panel or 1/2” thick flat panel
  • 2” wide stiles
  • 3” wide top rail and lockrail with 3-3/4” wide bottom rail
  • Standard is fabricated from Western Red Cedar
  • Shutters can be provided painted, primed, or raw
  • Fixed or moveable louvers
  • Multiple lockrails
  • Lumber (Poplar, Pine, Oak, Sapele Mahogany, etc.)
  • Pintle and lift-off hinges with tieback (also known as a shutter dog), hook, or catch

Louvered

  • 1-1/4” thick shutter
  • 1-3/4” wide by 3/8” thick louvers
  • 1-1/2” spacing between louvers
  • 2” wide stiles
  • 3” top rail and lockrail with 3-3/4” bottom rail
  • Standard is fabricated from Western Red Cedar

Paneled

  • 1-1/4” thick shutter
  • 7/8” thick raised panel or 1/2” thick flat panel
  • 2” wide stiles
  • 3” wide top rail and lockrail with 3-3/4” wide bottom rail
  • Standard is fabricated from Western Red Cedar
  • Shutters can be provided painted, primed, or raw
  • Fixed or moveable louvers
  • Multiple lockrails
  • Lumber (Poplar, Pine, Oak, Sapele Mahogany, etc.)
  • Pintle and lift-off hinges with tieback (also known as a shutter dog), hook, or catch

Americana DeVenco Fabricates High Quality, Hand Crafted Shutters

The exterior shutter pairs you buy today will be enjoyed for years to come. Whether you have a home of period significance, a new home, or you are renovating and desire a timeless window dressing, our shutters are tailored to your requirements.

  • Solid wood components. There are no finger-jointed or “glued up parts.” All components are solid wood and custom milled to exacting specifications in our shop. There are no ready-made parts, imported parts or stock fabricated parts…and never faux wood.
  • Mortise and dowel construction. Americana DeVenco shutters are not screwed together, stapled, or pinned together. We use old-fashioned cabinetmaker joinery. This assures the shutter will never fall out of square at the joints under its own weight.
  • Proportional design.
    • 2″ stiles assure aesthetically pleasing design as well as structural integrity.
    • 2-1/2″ louvers spaced at 1-3/4” on center provide excellent protection from direct sunlight.
    • Lockrails and midstiles are customary at no extra charge based upon the height of the shutter and provide structural support and absolute stability within a panel.
  • Rabbetted stiles. One additional custom feature that provides total privacy and blocks additional light and heat.

 

Americana DeVenco Exterior Shutter Pairs Are Constructed of the Finest Material

All wood is milled by us in our shop. There are no prefab or stock-sized parts. All work is done in our shop by skilled craftsmen to the highest standards in the industry today.

Following our state-of-the-art CAD drawings that are reviewed and approved by the customer for accuracy, the components for each shutter are cut by hand, piece by piece, the old-fashioned way. The shutters are then assembled by hand using old-world cabinetmaker construction techniques.

After assembly, each shutter is sanded and buffed by hand and prepared for finishing. All shutters receive a superlative finish in the color specified by you. We can match any brand or a provided color. The result is a quality finish that will be easy to maintain and which should last for many years.

We Know Exterior Shutter Pairs

Originating most likely in ancient Greece, window shutters have evolved dramatically over time from the main source of protection to ornamentation. They spread throughout Europe and eventually made their way across the sea to America. Shutters today still provide light control and protection from the elements, hailing back to their historical origins.

Traditionally, shutter blinds were manufactured with rabbet and bead, which allows total privacy when the shutter are closed. We offer this as a standard option for all exterior shutter pairs except the Board & Batten style.

Paneled Shutters

In Colonial America, Raised panel shutter pairs offered insulation as well as well as security, being a first line of defense against intruders. They were more economical than glass and were a means to keep out insects as well as protecting from the sun’s rays. Starting as a single board, they

Mountain and beach cottages can be fully secured with solid raised panel shutters using an iron shutter bar or sill catches to bolt the shutters from the inside, protecting against the elements.

Whether the style is a Raised panel, a Shaker (or Flat) panel, or Board & Batten, paneled shutters add artistic depth and clean elegance to a house. There are many variations of each style so that the possibilities are almost endless with the number of panels or how simple or ornate the board & batten are constructed.

A way to get the best of both privacy and light is with a combination shutter. This would have a paneled section and a louvered section (or multiples of one or the other). Traditionally, the paneled section would be the bottom half and the louvered section would be the top half. However, some arched windows would have a panel in the arched portion with louvers below or there might be a top square panel with a cutout and a louvered section below.

Louvered Shutters

The porch or veranda window, being under shelter of the roof, would not require protection from the sun. Since shutter blinds in those locations were not typically used for the function of privacy in the 19th century, it is generally believed that closed veranda window shutters were an indication that the residing family was not receiving callers.

In early America, fixed louver shutters would allow a cool breeze to enter the house while deflecting the scorching rays of the sun. Many times, raised panels would be used on the main floor for privacy and the second floor would have louvered shutters to allow air movement. Dark color shutters on upper floors would also provide room darkening for resting during the daytime.

Shutters should never be nailed to the house. Hinged shutters allow natural airflow behind the panel. Shutters which are nailed to the house trap moisture, sometimes leading to premature deterioration from excess shrinking and swelling as well as insects.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, exterior shutters were the most practical method of keeping the building cool in the summer by blocking the radiant heat of the sun while allowing continuous airflow. Thomas Jefferson was a great fan of the louvered shutter blind, stating that he “shall eventually install blinds on every aperture at Monticello.”

To clear up a common question of historical (and even modern day) use, when louvered shutters are properly installed, the louvers should slope down when the panel is in the closed position or up when the shutter is in the open or tied back position. This allows rain and snow to more easily wick away from the windows when the shutters are closed, saving both the window sash and sill.

Shutter Style and Architecture

No matter if your intention is for shutters to be merely decorative or to be useful and protect windows from the elements, you do want them to enhance the appearance of your home. They can be a useful design element by adding texture and color to enhance curb appeal. Below are several architectural styles and the exterior shutter style that would typically be best suited for it.

 

Architectural Style Exterior Shutter Style
Bungalow Raised Panel
Cape Cod Board & Batten (Paneled)
Colonial 1st floor Raised Panel, 2nd Floor Louvered
Costal Cottage Bermuda shutters
Craft Cottage Raised Panel
Craftsman Raised Panel
Federal 1st floor Raised Panel, 2nd Floor Louvered
Folk Victorian Louvered
French Country Board & Batten (Paneled)
Georgian Paneled or Louvered
Gothic Revival Louvered
Greek Revival Paneled or Louvered
Italianate Louvered
Modern Farmhouse Louvered or Board & Batten (Paneled)
Queen Anne Louvered
Ranch All styles are appropriate
Spanish or Mediterranean Revival Board & Batten (Paneled)
Traditional Louvered or Board & Batten (Paneled)
Tudor Board & Batten (Paneled)
Victorian Louvered
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Ready for Installation

When your Americana DeVenco shutters arrive, they are ready to install—minimal assembly required. All necessary hardware and installation instructions will be provided. Any handyman, carpenter, or DIY-enthusiast should be able to install them with ease.

Tools required for installation are:

  • Measuring tape
  • Screw gun with Phillips and square drives
  • 1/8” drill bit

Our staff is available for support Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:00 PM CST. Do not hesitate to call.

Resources

Exterior Fixed Louver Shutter Pairs (Coming Soon)
Exterior Raised Panel Shutter Pairs (Coming Soon)
How to Measure for Exterior Shutter Pairs
Shutter Order Form
How to Fill Out the Order Form
Lumber Options
Exterior Shutter Pair Installation Instructions (Coming Soon)

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