It is important when installing shutters in your home that some research is undertaken to make sure that you not only have the most suitable type of shutter but that the right size louver is chosen.
The louver is an important part of the shutter. It is used to regulate the amount of light entering a room as well as control air ventilation. Slats can be horizontal or vertical.
In order to assist with choosing the size of the shutter louvers it is important to first discuss and choose the type of shutter which is best suited for the room in your home. Some of these types are listed below:
Cafe Style Shutters
These normally cover only the lower part of the window. They offer some privacy. They cover only half of the window so allow for additional light into the room. Suitable for living rooms and kitchens.
Tier on Tier shutters
These types of shutters have separate adjustable top and bottom panels and louvers. They offer maximum privacy and are flexible and suit many traditional styled homes. Suitable for living rooms and bathrooms. (Narrow slats recommended for bathrooms) Also consider in a home office.
Full height Classic Plantation Shutters
These are one-piece panels. They are ideal for a contemporary look. A mid rail can be installed which allows the louvers to be tilted Independently. Suitable for Bedrooms and dining rooms.
These are as the name implies solid with no louvers.
Shutters and louvers can be made from Vinyl, Composite or Wood. Each type has their own beauty with the vinyl ones being waterproof so more suitable for areas with high moisture content
Size of Louvers
Louvers determine the amount of light ventilation and privacy that a room will receive. It will also determine the amount of view you will have when the louvers are open at 90 degrees. Consider the points below when choosing the size.
Large windows or French Doors suit shutters with larger louvers. I.e. 3 and a half to four and a half widths.
Small windows tend to suit shutters with narrow slats at about 2 and half inches.
Bear in mind that the wider the slat is, the deeper the shutters frame will be.
It is important to measure and see if the frame will sit proud of your windowsill. If so a smaller slat and smaller frame may be the answer.
As a general rule shutters with narrower slats tend to suit more traditional styled homes.
Consideration must be given to backspace when choosing louvers. (or window sill). You must make sure that the louvers will be able to open properly and not be impeded by a window crank or even a window pane, they need space to be able to open and close properly.
Large sized louvers of three to three and half inches are becoming popular. This is because they give a greater feeling of openness. The slats are spaced further apart which allows a larger gap between louvers. This allows more light into a room.
Once you have determined the type of shutter you need in a room, it is then possible to look closer at the size of the louvers which will suit the purpose in that space.