A Quick History of Exterior Shutters

A Quick History of Exterior Shutters

We have been in the home goods manufacturing industry for 30 years providing shutters for commercial projects all over the US. We launched our direct to customer brand Monument in 2017 with a growing need to get products to a wider range of customers.  Exterior shutters have been around for a lot longer than we have. So, let’s take a quick journey through their fascinating history.

green exterior louvered shutters

Exterior shutters have a long history that dates back to ancient times. Shutters were first used in ancient Greece to protect homes from the hot sun and to provide privacy. These early shutters were typically made from marble or other types of stone.

In medieval Europe, wooden shutters became popular. They were used to protect homes from the elements and to provide security. The shutters were often reinforced with iron bars and could be locked from the inside.

medieval shutters closed on home

During the Renaissance, shutters became more decorative. They were often painted or carved with intricate designs, and were used to add a touch of elegance to the exterior of buildings.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, shutters were commonly used in colonial America. They were often made from wood and were used to protect homes from the heat of the sun and the cold of the winter.


colorful shutters on colorful homes in alley

In the 20th century, exterior shutters became less common as air conditioning and other modern technologies reduced their necessity. However, in recent years, exterior shutters have experienced a resurgence in popularity as homeowners seek to add charm and character to their homes. Today, shutters are available in a wide range of materials and styles, including wood, vinyl, and composite materials, and can be found on homes of all types and architectural styles.



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