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How to choose between different types of shutters

Protecting your windows with shutters can one of the best choices you can make for your home. You’ll be adding a beautiful feature to your homes façade or interior, and they have a number of added functions and benefits which make them very attractive too – these include protection from the elements and from prying eyes. Yet with so many styles, how do you know which one is right for you and your family?

Indoors

If you’re looking for indoor shutters, you’re in luck. They can be a great addition to your home, and are a statement piece designed to stand the test of time. Often referred to as ‘plantation shutters’ this style is installed directly onto your window frame, offering a timeless elegance as well as excellent light control and added privacy. They generally come in timber or fauxwood – both of which have features and drawbacks that make them appealing.

Timber:

These are the ideal choice for your home if you’re trying to emanate a beautiful French cottage. Generally, people choose to paint or stain their slats. Painting provides a modern and contemporary look, and your colour options are almost endless. Staining, on the other hand, is designed to enhance the natural beauty and warmth of the wood. By choosing timber shutters that are sustainably sourced, you can be confident your shutters don’t just look good, but also have a positive impact on the environment. However, they can’t be used in wet areas, as the moisture in the air can damage the timber.

Fauxwood:

If you want to use the same shutters across your entire home – include the bathroom and kitchen – then fauxwood may be the ideal choice. Designed to look exactly like timber, these solid PVC slats won’t be damaged by moisture or water. They are the ideal choice for homeowners looking for a traditional style that is more low maintenance.

Outdoors

If you’re considering shutters for the exterior of your home, what you hope to achieve will dictate the direction that you take. Whilst you should always decide on options that are designed for the Australian climate, there are a number of outcomes that you can choose from.

Aluminium

If you’re hoping to create an al fresco entertaining area, then this is the perfect choice. They form an outdoor room for you and your guests to dine in, offering protections from the elements without closing you off completely from the outside.

Fixed

This is the style you choose if you simply want to have it installed and then leave it. They are designed to screen and shade our windows from the outside, offering us privacy and protection from prying eyes on the inside. They can even shield areas you want to hide, such as the laundry room window or unsightly air conditioning units.

Roller shutters

If you protect your home – both with added security and from the harsh Australian elements – then roller is the design you should choose. As the name suggests, you can roll them from the top down over your window to provide an added layer of protection and an effective visual deterrent against any potential intruders. They even insulate your windows to keep hot air out during summer and the heat in during winter.

As you can see, the shutters you ultimately choose are completely dependent on your applications. Before you rush out and buy anything, take the time to sit down and think about what you’re looking for, and that should show you which direction to take. Once you know what you want, you should speak with the experts to determine which specific option is right for your home.
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