Double panels offers a more traditional look. Because each panel swings outward to the left and right, a shutter with two panels is also easier to open.
Additionally, with two narrow panels, louvers lay against one another more tightly when the louvers are closed, blocking the maximum amount of light
A single panel can offer a clean, open look that allows maximum light to enter the home.
However, when these panels are swung open into the room, they swing wide and are more likely to be obstructed by furniture.
Placing shutters entirely within the window opening. Window opening must be "square" (angles very close to 90°).
An inside mount is placing shutters entirely within the window opening. Your window opening must be square and have a clearance depth of at least 1 1/2" from the back of the shutter to the window or window hardware (trim, lock, handle etc.); your window jambs must be at least 2 3/4" (not including hardware) deep for the shutter to recess correctly.
Measure from the front of the window opening to the obstacle that projects out from the window the farthest-trim, lock, handle etc. to check if you have enough clearance for an inside mount. Make sure you measure every window-even if they look similar, slight variations in each may require different sizes! A steel tape measure is recommended for accurate measurements. Note: Make accurate measurements—the shutters and the hanging strips can be trimmed no more than 1/2" top and bottom.
An inside installation requires a square window opening. To determine if your window opening is square, measure from each corner diagonally across to the opposite corner. If the difference between the two measurements is greater than 1/2", you must use an outside installation method with these shutters instead.
An inside installation also requires a minimum clearance depth of 1 1/2" from the back of the shutter to the window or window hardware (trim, lock, handle etc.) for proper shutter operation.
An outside mount is mounting shutters directly on the wall around the window. No trimming is required. The hanging strips are mounted directly on the wall (or onto wood window molding/trim if you prefer) and the shutter position can be adjusted so that shutters align in the middle correctly.
NOTE: THIS STYLE IS REQUIRED WITH THE NEW TILT IN WINDOW FEATURE.
Mounting shutters directly on the wall around the window. No trimming is required; can be used for windows "out of square.
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