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Windows shutters are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to curtains, blinds and drapes. The choice of shutter available to you is endless and is only limited by your imagination. No matter the type of property you live in, there is guaranteed to be a window shutter that is right for you.
This article will provide you with the knowledge you need to confidently decide on the window shutters that will be compliment your home’s aesthetics for years to come.
What Type of Window Do You Have?
Your first step is to decide which rooms in your house are the most suitable for a window shutter installation. It is possible that you will have at least two different types of window in your home, one of which you may not feel suitable for a window shutter system.
Once you’ve decided on the rooms, make a note of the type of windows they each contain.
- Bay windows are versatile and can incorporate any number of window shutter types. The most common options are a full height shutter, featuring individual full height sections or a tier on tier system which allow either the top or bottom section of shuttering to be opened individually.
- Recessed windows often work best with a café type shutter. Café shutters will typically only cover half of the window, usually the bottom pane of glass, leaving the top half exposed and always providing natural light.
- Sash windows, due to the way in which they open, work better with a tier on tier window shutter. The benefit is that you can decide to leave the shutters open, closed, or half and half depending on whether you have the sash open or not.
- Windows formed in an arch are perfect for any type of shutter. Arched windows can often be difficult to dress with traditional blinds or curtains due to the difficulty in locating rails making window shutters a great option.
- Large windows and sections of glazing can also benefit from window shutters. It’s possible to install them on moving tracks so that you’re not limited in their operation. Plantation shutters installed to large windows can often make a grand statement.
Solid or Louvered?
As the names suggest, solid shutters provide an opaque piece of timber or aluminium that covers an entire window whereas a louvred system is still able to let in smaller amounts of light when closed.
The choice depends on the look you’re trying to achieve as well as the architectural style of your home. If privacy is an issue because your house is overlooked or you wish to install within a bathroom, solid shutters are always a great option.
Choice of Material
Timber shutters will always provide that traditional look but aren’t always suitable depending on their environment. Many people will opt for an aluminium shutter in high moisture and humidity environments such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Sizing your window shutters correctly is the most important aspect of the installation. Luckily, if you’re located in Western Australia, there are several companies who can provide you with a quotation for a shutter in Perth. As part of this service they will measure your window recesses so the installation goes off without a hitch.
If the outdated look of your curtains is getting you down then look into what a high quality shutter system could do for you.