A buyer’s guide to shutters

If you’re looking for a solution for window adornments that will be both energy efficient and look beautiful then shutters certainly provide an attractive option. However they also have far more benefits than just keeping your house warm and looking great. This guide will tell you about the many benefits of shutters, the types of shutters out there and factors to consider when choosing shutters for your home.

The benefits of shutters

As a starting point shutters are incredibly durable, which means they last through the years maintaining their original look. With general maintenance now and then you can easily see your shutters lasting in excess of a decade.

Of course the main draw to having shutters is that they look great. In particular they can be used to add interest to a home’s appearance that may have previously looked relatively plain. Conversely however they can be a great addition to period homes (particularly where single pane glass is in use).

Shutters are incredibly versatile, allowing you to adjust their position and slats to let differing amounts of light and air through; this means that they really are as suitable for winter as they are for summer.

Another benefit that will draw your attention to shutters is that they are known to increase your house price value. They are a good prevention to nosy neighbours, intruders while making your house look bigger(optical illusion). If you have shutters installed you will also pay less for your house heating and cooling.

Different types of shutters

Generally you’ll find that there are three different types of shutters on the market today: plantation, solid and café style.

The most popular type of shutter is the plantation types; these have slats (known in the shutter world as louvers) that can be adjusted to open and closed positions, allowing you ultimate control of the natural lighting you let into your home.

Solid shutters are frequently used where home owners are looking to achieve a more natural, traditional look. These types of shutters can be pinned back to completely open you windows.
Finally, Café style shutters are the type that you’ll (unsurprisingly) have seen in restaurants and cafes; these generally cover half of your window.

Other factors to consider when choosing shutters for your home

Professional versus DIY fit

There are plenty of online retailers out there that sellshutters without the fitting service. However you need to ensure that you have your measurements completely correct (particularly if the shutters are being made bespoke, which they generally are).

You then have the option of either fitting them yourself or paying a professional to fit them for you. Whilst the former option may be tempting if you’re looking to save money you should bear in mind that shutter fitting isn’t a task for the novice DIY’er. Unless you really know what you’re doing you’re risking damage to your house if you attempt to fit them and it goes wrong. It may be advisable in this instance to pay for a professional from the outset.

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