Functional ShuttersStandard window shutters come in two types: fixed and functional. Fixed window shutters are mounted on the outside of a home on either side of the windows and cannot be opened or closed. Functional shutters can be and the cost difference is substantial due to the additional cost for hinges, brackets, and installation. Both types either match or contrast the home’s exterior and add to your home’s curb appeal.

Fixed shutters are a decorative addition, nothing more. Since they require fewer materials and hardware to manufacture, fixed shutters typically have a lower price tag than functional ones. They are available in a variety of colors, materials, and sizes to coordinate with your home’s architectural style and color palette.

Functional window shutters have benefits fixed shutters can’t offer: added security and protection from weather, for example. If you live in an active hurricane area for example, functional shutters can help save your windows during a storm. They also insulate your home by helping to keep frigid winter air and hot summer sun outdoors.

Functional shutters also provide security and privacy. Close them and no one can see into your home and while they’re not impenetrable they do add an extra obstacle for would-be burglars. You can install bolt locks on your shutters to supply additional security when they’re closed. Exterior shutters often include a motor, rod or mechanical crank that allows you to conveniently open and close them from indoors.

The addition of outside shutters, whether fixed or functional, adds to the actual and perceived value of your home. They make the front of your home more attractive and inviting, especially when contrasted well in terms of color.

If you want to simply add to your home’s curb appeal, choose fixed shutters. But if you’re looking for protection for your windows and home you need functional shutters. Narrow your search by creating a budget and sticking to it. Compare the construction materials, design, and type of shutter. Also consider your lifestyle and your home’s architectural design when deciding on a shutter style.