Exterior shutters are a practical and attractive addition to your home. They're easy to install yourself, but you can also find a local dependable contractor to do it as well. Before you embark on this project, it's a good idea to understand the different types of shutters available to you.

Shutters are great for your home's aesthetics. They're also great for energy management. They can keep light out or let it in. They can also keep cool air inside, and provide protection in a storm. Privacy is another benefit of shutters. You can open and close your entire shutter, or simply adjust the louvers to suit your needs.

Bahama shutters, or colonial shutters, provide protection from the elements, as well as offer a unique decorative look to your home. They're easy to install, and have sound-deadening properties. These shutters have handles on the inside to allow you to adjust the louvers to regulate the amount of light and wind that comes into your home. This is a great feature for someone who wants to have easy access to the shutters, and have the ability to easily control them. They're best suited for geographical areas that don't experience terribly inclement weather.

Roll shutters muffle sound better than Bahama shutters, as they roll from the top down, almost creating a seal on your window. This is great for sound protection, as well as insulation properties. It's difficult to gain access from the outside of a home through these shutters, making them a good choice for home protection purposes. Installation of these shutters would make for a simple home improvement project.

Storm shutters offer protection from the elements, especially hurricanes. This is an optimal form of storm protection if you live in a geographic area that is prone to hurricanes. They can be made of aluminum or galvanized steel to prevent flying debris from damaging your windows. They're easy to install, but do not offer the design element that Bahama shutters offer. They're strictly utilitarian, with little to offer by way of visually pleasing design. Some types may be attached permanently, and some types may be removable until needed. Though they might not be nice to look at, they offer a window protection that's not available in any other kind of shutter.

This offers a good overview of available shutters. Each is a good choice, depending on your goals. Armed with this information, you'll be able to choose a shutter that's right for you.