Shutters play a couple of important roles in home design. First of all, they meet a practical need in that they can be closed to provide protection and privacy or their louvers can be used to control lighting. Shutters also provide the home with a stylish beauty, adding decorative appeal. They are durable and come in various colors, panel designs and slat sizes. Choosing shutters for your home can also help to lower energy bills by adding an extra layer of insulation.
Types of Shutters
Shutters come in three basic types, solid, plantation and café, with each one having varying color, material and design styles.
Solid shutters swing out against the house side during the day to allow light in and can then be shut at night to insulate and provide privacy. This is the traditional shutter for a more traditional style of home.
Plantation shutters have become extremely popular because they contain louvers which can be rotated open or shut, allowing for more control over the amount of light that enters the home. These shutters also come in a tier-on-tier style which has two sets of louvers, one over the other, allowing for even greater control of light entry. Tier-on-tier shutters are ideal for large windows such as bay or picture windows.
Café shutters are called such because they are commonly used in such facilities. This type of shutter only covers half of a window, normally the bottom section.
Shutters are made from various materials today. Shutters are traditionally made from wood which is durable, flexible and long lasting. Wood shutters still remain the most popular material choice among homeowners. The downside to wood shutters is that they can warp or crack, be damaged from storms or thrown objects, and require frequent painting.
The rise of technology has allowed for other materials to be used to manufacture shutters. Vinyl shutters are an extremely popular alternative to wood for today’s homes. Polyvinyl is waterproof which make shutters made from this material ideal for wet or humid climates, or for wet, humid rooms such as bathrooms or terrariums. Vinyl shutters are virtually maintenance free, but they are much weaker and less durable than wood.
Shutters can be custom-made to fit practically any size window, door, or other opening. It is recommended, however, to avoid using shutters for areas that are more than 9 feet in height as the panels are not sufficiently strong to withstand the weight of the louvers.
Shutters from Solar Window Fashions
Both wood and vinyl shutters can be purchased from Solar Window Fashions. Our quality shutters are strong, durable and come in a variety of designs and colors, making the right choice for your home an easy one.
We provide free in-home consultations by professional designers to help you make the best selection and free quotes for the shutters required to meet your home needs. Even if your shutters are custom designed, we guarantee them to be ready in 10 days and even provide free professional installation when they arrive.