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Six frequently asked questions about window shutters
Window shutters make a fantastic addition to any home. They can be costly however so if this is a purchase you’re thinking about making, it’s natural to have some questions. To find out everything you need to know about shutters, below are six of the most frequently asked questions about this type of window dressing.
Why are shutters better than blinds or curtains?
You can of course get by perfectly fine with curtains or blinds but shutters take window dressings to a whole new level. As well as keeping out the light first thing in the morning and offering you some privacy, they can also help to keep your house warm, they offer extra security, they can help with sound insulation and they can even add value to your home. You can find out more about how shutters will benefit your home by following this link: https://www.glazeandsave.co.uk/5-reasons-why-you-should-keep-your-window-shutter
What is the difference between plantation shutters and solid shutters?
Plantation shutters originated in cotton plantations in the ‘deep south’ of America as well as from sugar plantations in the West Indies. They boast louvred panels (twisting slats) which are fixed inside a shutter frame. They can be fitted to either the inside or outside of your windows. Solid shutters feature panels that are similar to narrow bi-fold doors and they don’t have any louvres. They are available in a number of different styles including solid raised, shaker and solid moulded.
How can shutters improve security?
Both plantation shutters and solid shutters make it very difficult for anyone to see into your home from the outside. This is particularly great if your front room overlooks a pavement where people are regularly walking past. When shut, curtains and blinds do of course offer the same benefit but chances are that you don’t want your house to be in darkness when it’s daylight outside.
Shutters allow you to adjust the louvres to let in as much or as little light as you like but whilst they’re sitting at an angle, it’s would still be difficult for anybody to see into your house.
Will shutters make my house look dark?
As mentioned above, you can adjust the louvres on your shutters to control how much light is coming into the room. With regard to the design of your shutters, this entirely depends on your colour choice. Darker colours will of course make the room look darker but if you opt for bright white or cream colours, shutters can actually help to brighten up your home. For some top tips on how to make your room appear larger with colour visit the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/homes/design/colour_trickswithcolour.shtml
Can shutters be installed on any windows?
Yes, shutters can be installed on virtually any style of window and even on French doors and sliding patio doors.
Can I fit my shutters myself?
Some suppliers design window shutters so that you can fit them yourself and others don’t so it entirely depends where you get them from.
If you are planning on installing your own shutters, make sure they have been supplied to you in the exact measurements you require. There are a number of ways to fit your shutters and the company you purchased them from should be more than happy to help you with this.
Even though it is possible to fit your shutters yourself, it’s always advisable to use a professional to minimise the chance of any damage occurring.