Shutter Terminology

Arch Top: A curved shutter top; not a “true” circle.

Batten: The horizontal piece on a board and batten shutter.

Bahama Shutter: A shutter used primarily for sun shading and storm protection, which is typically hinged above the window and opens from the bottom to the top.

Bi-fold: Two shutters that are hinged together, usually with a butt hinge.

Bullet Catch: A fastener used for surface mounting a shutter. A shutter hold-back or anti-rattle device.

Butt Hinged: Hinge that does not offer lift-off function; often used in bi-fold applications.

Capping: A strip of aluminum or copper formed along the top of the shutter to prevent moisture from entering any joints or for decoration.

Closed Position: The position of a shutter when it is seated in the window frame. The back of the shutter is visible from the outside when in the closed position.

Colonial Shutter: A side hinged shutter, normally with one shutter panel (leaf) to each side of the window.

Cottage Style: A two or multiple paneled shutter with any combination of Recessed Panels, Raised Panels, or Louver Panels. Or, a two paneled shutter whose top section is slightly smaller than the bottom section.

Cove Molding: Small Curved Shaped Detail for Framing

Fixed Louver: Any louvered shutter in which the louvers are stationary and do not move or pivot.

Mullion: A vertical or horizontal dividing shape on the shutter.

Offset: The distance between the mounting surface of a hinge and surface of the building.

Panel Configuration: The design of a shutter as achieved by the placement of the rail.

Pair Width: The dimension that describes the actual opening width of the window. This measurement is divided in half, representing the actual width of one shutter (leaf).

Reveal: The amount of casement or brick mold that is left visible after a shutter is hung.

Stile: The outside perimeter shape on the shutter.