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operable Louvered Shutters
operable louvered Interior Shutters and Exterior Shutters with 3.1/2" Californian operable louvers

Operable Louvered Shutters unlike any other

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Designing Kestrel Operable Louvered Shutters

When we first started making operable louvered shutters we knew that we did not want to make them like everyone else. The two most obvious problems with all other shutters on the market, and which we needed to change, were the way in which the louvers were attached to the tilt bars and how the louvers were kept in place.

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Guaranteed!  Operable louvers that never fall out

The industry standard has always been to use staples to attach the louvers and in the tilt bar. The problem with this is that the wood louvers and metal staples contract and expand at different rates so the staples eventually loosen and can fall out. We designed Kestrel shutters so this would never be an issue. Instead of staples we use solid brass screw eyes to secure your operable louvers to the tilt bar. Holes are pre-drilled in to the wood and then the brass screw eyes are threaded in. This means your louvers will never fall out. Ever.

Operable louvers that stay when you open them

Another problem that we found common with operable louvered shutters was the need for a tensioning device to keep the louvers from sagging. These are usually spring loaded pins or adjustable screws that are stuck in the frame of the shutter. Both of these are mechanical devices that will eventually fail. The springs in the pins loosen up the more you open and close the shutters. Likewise the tension screws need to be adjusted as they become worn or if there is drastic change in humidity. We decided to go a different route entirely. We balance our louver blades so that they rely only on gravity, which we thought was a very good idea.

Standard Features

  • Solid Hardwood Construction - no finger jointed material
  • Custom sized Operable Louvered Shutters
  • Pegged, Mortise and Tenon Joinery
  • Contribute towards LEED certification for environmentally responsible "Green" products
  • Custom designs of Window Shutter including matching your existing shutters for historic reproductions
  • Solid brass screw eyes to secure louvers to tilt bar
  • Balanced Louvers
  • Available fully assembled or in our exclusive The Original D.I.Y.Shutterâ„¢ kit

Interior or Exterior

The 3 operable louvered shutter designs shown below can be used as either interior shutters, exterior shutters or doors in any of the layouts shown on our shutter layout page.

Designs of Operable Louvered Shutters
  • 1020 - 1.7/8" operable Traditional Louvered Shutters
  • 1010 - 2.1/2" operable Plantation Louvered Shutters
  • 1030 - 3.1/2" operable Californian Louvered Shutters
Interior and Exterior Shutters with 1.7/8'' Operable Traditional Louvers
Interior and Exterior Shutters with Operable 2.1/2'' Plantation Louvers
Interior and Exterior Shutters with 3.1/2'' Operable Californian Louvers
In addition to the options that are suitable for most styles of interior shutters and exterior shutters (found here) we can work with you to meet your specific design requirements.

Options for Louvered Shutters

Louver Width

  • 2.1/2" Plantation louvers
  • 1.7/8" Traditional louvers
  • 3.1/2" Californian louvers
  • 1.1/4" louvers
  • Custom

Louver Profile

  • Flat with rounded edges (standard)
  • Tapered
  • Trapezoidal
  • Chevron (false louvers)
  • Custom

Louver Type

  • Fixed louvers
  • Fixed louvers with False Tilt Bars
  • Operable louvers
  • False louvers
  • Vertical louvers are available for each of the above louver types