If youre in the middle of refurbishing a fixer-upper (as they call them on property programmes) or if youre looking to reduce energy levels, you may be looking for shutters. Shutters are a great way to add curb appeal to ones property, as well as a great way to enhance the classiness of ones décor. Especially if the room is south-facing, blinds or shutters are necessary to block out the sun.
Types of Shutters
Have I convinced you to buy yet? If I have, there are a number of different options to consider. First of all, you must consider what kind of shutter you want.
Interior or Exterior. Shutters can be mounted either outside orinside the window. Interior shutters may seem more convenient, insofar as you can shut them without having to go outside (though some exterior shutters can be opened from within with the aid of a mechanical crank), but interior shutter may make opening the window more difficult. Thus, both have their pros and cons.
Louvred or Non-louvred. Louvres are slanted slats that can be tilted using a special bar. Shutters can be either louvred or non-louvred: i.e., they can be composed of slats or they can be solid panels. Non-louvred shutters are more functional, easier to open and closehinged just like casement windowsand better at blocking light. Louvred shutters, however, offer more in the way of gradation between light and dark.
Faux-wood or Natural Wood. Shutters come in a variety of materials, which can be split up into two main categories: faux-wood or natural wood. Faux-wood is a composite material, which is cheaper than natural wood, less likely to become mouldy (if placed in a bathroom, for example), though, according to most, less visually appealing.
To DIY or not to DIY
When it comes to installation, you can either do it yourselfor hire a contractor. Contractors vary in quality and reliability, but the majority will do a better job than the average DIY amateur. You must decide whether you feel equal to the task, or whether you would rather it was done by a professional. Bear in mind that it can be quite fiddly work. It might be the case, moreover, that the price for professional installation is not so great to justify the effort of doing it yourself, as contractors may be able to get certain materials at a discount. Generally speaking, though, contractors are expensive. If you feel equal to the challenge, by all means have a go.
How to buy
When buying shutters, youd do well to get them from a British Blind & Shutter Association (BBSA) member. This is a national trade association, all members of which must adhere to a strict code of conduct. Members include Plantation Shutters Ltd., Shutter n Blinds Ltd., and many more. You can find association members by search for BBSA. Look around the market, compare prices, work out which shutters work best for you, and then buy. I wish you the best of luck in buying your shutters.