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Shutters – The Beginnings For generations, people have selected wood shutters for their windows because of the durability, classic style and easy maintenance that shutters provide. They are frequently thought of as a standard fixture on historical buildings – from Italy to New England. Although shutters are in use almost universally, it is difficult to determine the exact historical origins of the use of shutters. It is commonly believed that shutters were first used in ancient Greece in order to provide light control, ventilation and protection in that tropical environment. Those first shutters were likely constructed with fixed louvers made out of marble. Eventually, the concept of shutters spread throughout the Mediterranean, and the form began to change. Wood started to replace marble as a more suitable material for production, and designers started developing movable louver shutters to allow varying amounts of light and air into a room. Window Shutters Gaining Popularity Shutters generally performed two functions; admitting light and ventilation. Louvered shutters could be closed to minimize heat from the sun and simultaneously allow for ventilation and privacy when needed. With the louvers pointed in the downward direction, the shutters also shed rainwater. Solid shutters provided more insulation and were able to prevent insects from entering the home. In medieval Europe, houses had rectangular windows with solid shutters that sometimes closed with a large iron bar for security and protection. By Tudor and Elizabethan times, glass windows started to be used, but they were very expensive, therefore reserved for the upper half of window openings. Solid shutters below the sash, windows remained closed with solid shutters. Hinged glazed sashes started replacing the solid shutters in the 15th century. After that point, interior shutters were increasingly used as decoration in homes rather than strictly functional purposes. Woodwork like window shutters and moldings became the main decorative elements in smaller houses in early 18th century England. As wood construction started to be used for houses in the Victorian period, people started using shutters outdoors. The stone and brick houses built previously had deeply recessed windows that prohibited the use of exterior shutters because they would be unreachable from the inside. However, the thinner wooden walls allowed indoor access to exterior shutters. To the New World As the Spanish started colonizing in the Americas, they brought shutters to the New World. Decadent mansions in the South used shutters, and the term “plantation shutters” is derived from this area. Plantation shutters on cotton plantations usually had wider louvers than shutters used earlier, and they were almost always painted white. Traditional shutters often found in the New England states trace their roots to England, where the narrower louver was used. Often café type shutters mimic the original use of shutters on the bottom portion of windows before glass was affordable. Shutter Legends A more incendiary – but decidedly less factual – tale about the invention of shutters takes place in 17th century France. After Louis XIV moved the Court from the Louvre in Paris to Versailles, he enjoyed a festive life in the country. One of his favorite pastimes was to admire the beautiful women of his court bathe in the many ponds within his gardens. However, he noticed that the bathing women also distracted guards on duty to protect the palace. Rumor holds that Louis XIV had movable louvered shutters installed around the garden walls so that he could open them and peep but the guards would not be able to see. Originally, the term louver referred to boards that would allow ventilation through a turret built into the roof of a medieval building. However, some hold that the name louver hails from the days of Louis XIV. Since some legends place the advent of shutters after he left the Louvre, they propose the working mechanisms of shutters at Versailles were named after Louis’ previous dwelling. The introduction of the term “Peeping Tom” involves shutters in a unique way. According to legend, Lady Godiva rode naked through the town of Coventry on a white horse in order to make her husband remit a heavy tax on the people. Most people stayed inside, but Peeping Tom looked through closed shutters to catch a glimpse at Lady Godiva. Credit and link to ShutterLand Outdoor Shutters & Horizon Indoor Shutters when sourcing this article.used shutters 1Stock-Size Shutters Traditional Shutters Plantation Shutters Measure Stock Shutters Order Stock Shutters Cheap Shutters – Order Order great quality interior shutters cheap. Our stock shutters are reduced in price because we have streamlined the production process. Stock shutters are sold in set sizes to reduce production time and cost. We then are able to pass the saving to the end homeowner. Ordering stock size cheap shutters is easy. First determine if you like the traditional or plantation style shutters. Next, measure the window and determine the size shutter panels that are required to fill the opening. Finally, navigate to the page for your desired shutter style. Enter the panel width, height, and quantity and add to the shopping cart. Discount Shutters Our discount shutters are also very high quality wood shutters. We take great pride in the construction of our window coverings. We craft each panel from solid lengths of basswood, a straight durable hardwood. This particular species of wood has all of the characteristics necessary to build timeless window shutters cheap. Start an Order Instructions Measuring Samples Ordering Delivery Installation View Shutters Virtual Room 360° View Sample Shutters measuring workbook color charts sample shutter Request Samplesused shutters 2Order great quality interior shutters cheap. Our stock shutters are reduced in price because we have streamlined the production process. Stock shutters are sold in set sizes to reduce production time and cost. We then are able to pass the saving to the end homeowner. Ordering stock size cheap shutters is easy. First determine if you like the traditional or plantation style shutters. Next, measure the window and determine the size shutter panels that are required to fill the opening. Finally, navigate to the page for your desired shutter style. Enter the panel width, height, and quantity and add to the shopping cart. Discount Shutters Our discount shutters are also very high quality wood shutters. We take great pride in the construction of our window coverings. We craft each panel from solid lengths of basswood, a straight durable hardwood. This particular species of wood has all of the characteristics necessary to build timeless window shutters cheap.used shutters 3In medieval Europe, houses had rectangular windows with solid shutters that sometimes closed with a large iron bar for security and protection. By Tudor and Elizabethan times, glass windows started to be used, but they were very expensive, therefore reserved for the upper half of window openings. Solid shutters below the sash, windows remained closed with solid shutters. Hinged glazed sashes started replacing the solid shutters in the 15th century. After that point, interior shutters were increasingly used as decoration in homes rather than strictly functional purposes. Woodwork like window shutters and moldings became the main decorative elements in smaller houses in early 18th century England.used shutters 4As the Spanish started colonizing in the Americas, they brought shutters to the New World. Decadent mansions in the South used shutters, and the term “plantation shutters” is derived from this area. Plantation shutters on cotton plantations usually had wider louvers than shutters used earlier, and they were almost always painted white.used shutters 5It is commonly believed that shutters were first used in ancient Greece in order to provide light control, ventilation and protection in that tropical environment. Those first shutters were likely constructed with fixed louvers made out of marble. Eventually, the concept of shutters spread throughout the Mediterranean, and the form began to change. Wood started to replace marble as a more suitable material for production, and designers started developing movable louver shutters to allow varying amounts of light and air into a room.used shutters 6A few types and makers of leaf shutters became very well known. The early Compound shutter had a pneumatic mechanism, with a piston sliding against air resistance in a cylinder. They were quieter at slow speeds than clockwork, but potentially very inaccurate. More accurate clockwork mechanisms then replaced the airbrake, and the German Compur, and the later Synchro-Compur, became virtually the standard quality shutter. Later the Japanese Copal shutter was widely adopted in quality equipment. The German Prontor and Japanese Seikosha shutters were also widely used. Up and Down with Compur: The development and photo-historical meaning of leaf shutters, by Klaus-Eckard Riess, translated by Robert Stoddard gives a detailed history and technical description of leaf shutters. The company Compur Monitor was still in business as of 2012, but made only gas detection systems.used shutters 7For generations, people have selected wood shutters for their windows because of the durability, classic style and easy maintenance that shutters provide. They are frequently thought of as a standard fixture on historical buildings – from Italy to New England. Although shutters are in use almost universally, it is difficult to determine the exact historical origins of the use of shutters.

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