Posts Tagged ‘louver’

Shutter Styles

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Exterior Shutters can really make or break the exterior of your home and plays a vital role in the overall curb appeal.  One of the items to consider is the STYLE of shutter that will look good on your home and give that final touch to complete the picture.

Dupbel Millworks Inc. is set up to create unique custom styles while offering a variety of standard styles to choose from.  Let’s discuss some of the standard styles most commonly used.

Board and Batten Shutters

A shutter typically composed of three to five vertical boards that are connected using two or three horizontal battens.  These shutters inspire a country or cottage look and have grown in popularity in the last few years.  The latest trend is to have multiple narrow boards to create a cleaner, more sophisticated look.  This style lends itself to adding additional interest by adding diagonal pieces or even strap hinges.

Paneled Shutters

This traditional style consists of panels within a frame.   This shutter style’s popularity during the last number of decades has firmly entrenched it as the “traditional look.”  Especially with the panels you can select a number of styles based on your preference.  We can start off with a Flat panel, giving a very smooth and minimalistic look.  Or you can do the very traditional Raised panel, providing a more three-dimensional appearance.  Our Shaker Raised panels gives you even more depth while keeping it very classic and stylish.  The Mission style panel is another option, where it is incorporating design elements from the Board and Batten style, but with a much more sophisticated look.

The size and placement of the panels will typically follow the window design, but lately we’ve seen a lot of deviation from the traditional to jazz it up a little bit.  We can incorporate a small panel in the center, make them single panels, or even 3 equal panels, all depending on the look the home owner wants to create.

Louvered Shutters.

Louvered styled shutters are the original “classic standard,” found on period buildings such as Antebellum, Colonial, Williamsburg, Georgian and Federal styled houses.  Louvered shutters create an additional architectural element to enhance the house’s façade.  Louvered shutters can also be the right choice for Contemporary styled buildings wishing to create a more traditional appearance.  For a slightly more modern look you can make the slats wider to give a cleaner, less busy appearance.

Dupbel Millworks Inc. manufactures exteriors shutters using only weather resistant materials.  This is especially important in Georgia’s hot, humid conditions.  We have a series of standard shutters styles, while fully equipped to help you design a custom style specifically for your house.

We are a full service company, and can help you from the design phase to installation.

Our business is located in Alpharetta, GA and we are proud to serve the residential and commercial market of North Georgia.  We are small enough to provide you with personal attention, yet strong enough to handle complex designs

What is a Closed Louvered Shutter?

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Let’s discuss our Closed Louver shutter style.

Thinking of replacing or adding traditional louvered shutters?  How about considering our closed Louver design that provides greater strength, looks and feels like the traditional louver, and made completely from our rot, insect and moisture resistant composite wood material.


What is a closed louver?

In place of the open individual slats that is traditionally used, we cut solid pieces that fits together to form a uniform construction.  There are no openings between the louvers, and you get a solid shutter that looks like traditional louvers.


What are the advantages?

Unlike open louvers where you have open slots between each slat, you get a solid shutter.  That prevents leaves, pine straw and other debris to get stuck between the slats.

Insects don’t nest between the slats.

It’s easier to clean.  Because of the closed design you can easily hose them off.

It uses less paint.  With less surface area it is easier to paint them in a few years.

It is a much stronger design.  Since the individual pieces fits together tightly, you get an almost solid shutter with strength points all around, versus an open louver design where you have strength points only at the corners.



We are able to offer the closed louvers at a lower price point, since they are easier to make and we do not have to cut and fit each individual slat.  It comes down to less man hours, with the resulting less cost.


The closed louver design has been out in the market for some time, but not many people realize that it’s available.  It is cheaper to produce and it’s a much stronger product.  Combine that with the easy maintenance, its longevity and the fact that it looks like the real thing, and you end uf with a shutter that will enhance the look of your house for years to come without the hassle.


Contact us today if you are in the market for louvered style shutters, and we’ll set up an appointment to show you our product at your house.


In this photo we have our closed louver design hanging on the left side of the window, with the original open louver on the right.  




Here you can see a close-up of

the closed louver design