We offer three different styles of exterior solid panel shutters: raised panel, flat panel, and shaker panel. These exceptional exterior shutter styles are constructed from five different materials.
Exterior raised panel shutters are defined by a central elevated flat surface with beveled edges. The focal area is surrounded by top and bottom rails and side stiles. This colonial raised panel style has historically been used on the ground level floor to protect the window from outside elements, including wind, rail, airborne debris and intruders. Outdoor raised panel shutters are also valuable for light control and privacy.
Exterior flat panel shutters are made with a smooth focal area with no detail. This minimalist style is growing in popularity and often used to give homes a modern edge.
The American craftsman inspired shaker shutters are manufactured with the same components as the solid flat style, but with vertical grooves cut in the panel. The added wainscot detail gives the appearance of perpendicular boards in between the side stiles. This style is sometimes also referred to as framed board & batten.
High-quality natural wood raised panel shutters have been used for centuries to make American homes more comfortable, safe, and attractive. We use three kiln-dried lumbers to forge stiles and rails that compose our line of premium exterior wood shutters. The wood stiles and rails of each shutter are assembled with time-tested techniques for maximum strength and longevity. The sold flat, grooved or raised panel sections are fabricated from resilient Extira composite.
ShutterLand offers a introductory grade affordable raised panel shutters. These exterior panels are intended for use on buildings and homes that need a quick, inexpensive external restoration. Economy wood shutters generally have a shortened life because of the species and grade of wood. The raised, flat or grooved panels are crafted from the Extira composite material.
The heavy-duty PVC material is easily the best overall material for building solid panel shutters. PVC is engineered to be solid, straight, smooth, durable and weather resistant, requiring almost no maintenance. These shutters can be installed to be functional due to the material density. Stiles and rails are manufactured from PVC, while the solid panel sections are all made with Extira composite material.
Synthetic materials are a very acceptable substitute for natural wood. Our composite raised panel shutters and grooved panel custom made shutters are constructed from a high quality durable material that is impervious to moisture, rot, and termites. Exterior composite shutters outperform wood in many categories.
Composite raised panels – used in composite, PVC and wood shutters – cut on a diagonal exposes the embedded wood fibers that can cause the surface to become slightly rougher than the face. This standard characteristic is universal and unavoidable. Sanding causes wood fibers to dislodge, resulting in more craters. Filling with wood putty results in an inconsistent patchy complexion, which is also not desirable. The texture difference is noticeable when handling the shutters but generally imperceptible after they are installed.
Ornamental vinyl shutters are extensively used to enhance the appearance of homes throughout the United States. Vinyl raised panel shutters may lack the warmth of pure wood, but they do add character with a relatively small investment. Vinyl shutters generally arrive quickly and require minimal strength or handyman skills to mount.
Solid panel shutters can be designed to best meet the requirements of the window. Square top shutters are proper for rectangular windows and arch top shutters can be ordered to match the contour of windows with a rounded top.
A divider rail creates a top and bottom paneled area. The location of the divider rail can be specified by supplying the measurement from the bottom of the shutter to the center of the divider. Multiple divider rails can be used for added character.
Vinyl shutter colors are standard and are molded through the material. Wood and composite shutters can be ordered unfinished, primed only, or fully painted. Select from a supply of standard paint colors, or specify a custom color for a one-time charge of $200. Solid panel shutters cannot be stained.
Cutout shapes are popular in some regions of the country. Cutouts are not a standard option on the order form, but we can accommodate a number of shapes and images (flower, heart, sailboat, anchor, star, etc.). Contact us after placing an order to designate a cutout shape for the solid panel shutter. Cutouts add $40 to the price of each shutter and are only available on wood, PVC and composite shutters.