Fixed Louvered shutters are the most poplar exterior panels because they are attractive on most home styles and add timeless elegance. Our standard panels are 1 3/8” thick. That is as thick as your interior doors. The louvers are 3/8” thick and are placed in ½” deep routed grooves in the stiles. The louvers are angled at 60 degrees to prevent water and direct sunlight to enter when closed over the window as well as protecting from windborne debris. We dowel the joints using two 2” x ½” dowels, and glue those using Titebond 3 waterproof glue and then we use 4 1/2” deck screws at the joints for added durability.
*Fixed louver shutters can be made to look like operable louvered shutters by simply adding a false tilt rod. To achieve this we make routes into the fixed louvers and then glue the tilt rod using Titebond 3 waterproof glue and additionally we shoot a brad through the tilt rod into the louvers to permanently secure the two together.
When our founder, Wayne Dutcher, started looking at operable louver shutters currently being manufactured he decided that there had to be a better way to attach the tilt rod to the louvers. The industry standard has always been to use staples to do this, but the problem is that eventually the staples work loose and fall out. Instead he developed a system using eye screws to secure the operable louvers to the tilt rod. Holes are predrilled into the louvers and the eye screws are threaded in. The tilt rod is routed and predrilled to allow the “eye” of the screw placement inside the tilt rod and the two are firmly attached with a roll pin through the tilt rod and “eye.” The panels are 1 3/8” thick and we dowel the joints using two 2” x ½” dowels, and glue those using Titebond 3 waterproof glue and then we use 4 1/2” deck screws at the joints for added durability. Never again will your louvers become unattached. This has been our standard since the formation of Dutcher Shutters.