Glossary of Common Exterior Shutter Terminology S-Z

We know that the options out there for exterior shutters are many and sometimes they can be confusing, especially with different terms about exterior shutters being used in different regions. Plastic shutters or vinyl shutters? Island shutters or Bahama shutters? To help you make some sense of it all, we have provided this glossary of common exterior shutter terminology. However if you still have a question, feel free to contact us for assistance.
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shaper Similar to a router but cuts with less speed and more horsepower. It uses special shaper bits.
shudders A common misspelling for the word shutters.
shutter cap See cap.
shutter capping See cap.
shutter dogs See holdbacks.
shutter hardware Hinges, pintels, holdbacks, and other hardware required to install operable shutters for solar or weather control.
shutter stops See holdbacks.
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shutters A hinged cover or screen for a window, or sometimes used only for decoration on the sides of the window. Shutters come in 4 basic styles, louver shutters, panel shutters, board-and-batten shutters, and Bahama shutters.
slat shutters See louver shutters.
slotted shutters See louver shutters.
solar control The act of controlling the amount of sunlight that is let into a particular area. Exterior shutters are often used for solar control.
sonic welding A technique used by plastic fabricators to fasten multiple pieces of plastic together.
sonically welded See sonic welding.
stile Joinery pieces that are the vertical structure of a shutter or a door.
straight top This implies the top rail of the shutter has parallel edges on the outside and inside of the shutter, with no decorative pattern cut from the inside.
strap hinge A metal strap that is bolted to a shutter. The female end of the strap is dropped upon the pintel to create a hinging action.
tenon A male-shaped projection on the end of a piece of wood shaped for insertion into a mortise to make a joint.
tie backs See holdbacks.
tilt rod Solid vertical strip used to open and close or operable louvers.
vinyl shutters Also known as plastic shutters, these shutters are made out of a piece of vinyl or co-polymer. For custom shutters, the parts are typically built using plastic injection molding and then fastened together using sonic welding. For standard-sized shutters, the entire shutter is injection molded as one piece.
weather control Covering windows so they are less likely to be damaged during harsh weather conditions. Typically associated with hurricane shutters or exterior shutters that protect windows from the weight of snow.
window shutters See shutters.
window sill A ledge at the bottom of a window.
wood shutters Shutters that are constructed of natural wood. Wood shutters are commonly made with pine, cedar, cypress, and redwood.
wooden shutters See wood shutters.
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