How to Choose Window Shutters for Your Home
One of the most important considerations when choosing window shutters design is to make sure that you not only control light and glare but also sound. The best way to do this is by installing double-glazed windows with insulated shutters. This will create a tight seal between the two panes of glass to reduce drafts, noise, and heat loss in winter while minimizing your cooling costs in summer.
When looking for shutters for your windows, there are many things to consider. One of these considerations is construction material: wood or vinyl? Wood looks better and adds more charm to your home, but vinyl lasts longer and requires less maintenance. A good rule of thumb with any type of window treatment is “less is more.” That’s why roller blinds and cellular shades are so popular: they add color and texture to your window while letting in light. Roller blinds can also be closed for privacy or closed during the day for more light control. Cellular shades will provide more opacity than roller blinds, so you don’t have to worry about people seeing inside when the lights are on.
If you’re not sure which type of shutters would look best with your home, then consider investing in some samples or a small kit that won’t cost very much money. This way, you can try out different types of shutters before making a major investment in new windows and shutters. The main decision is between shutter louvers (which can open like an accordion) and fixed (stationary) louvers.
The shutter louvers are best if you want to control the amount of light and privacy in a room since they can be opened and closed. This is especially helpful during the day when glare from the sun makes it hard to see inside or at night when you don’t want people outside to investigate your home. However, fixed shutters can block out lighter than roll-down shutters because they have a larger surface area.
If noise is a concern for you then try fixed shutters with no slats on top as these will reduce noise significantly compared to other types of window treatments such as roller blinds or cellular shades which have open slats that cause an echo effect when the wind blows them back and forth against each other.
Since fixed shutters are heavier than roll-down shutters or cellular shades, they can be more difficult to open and close so if you have problems with your hands, muscles, or joints then fixed shutters might not be the best option for you. Also consider that the type of window that you have will determine how hard it will be to install new window treatments since some windows are easier to work with than others.
If you’re in the market for new windows, keep in mind that high-quality double-glazed windows with insulated shutters will give you great sound control while reducing drafts during the winter months. This is true whether you choose wood shutter designs or vinyl which are both good options when looking to reduce noise. For even more sound control, consider triple-glazed windows which will provide the best noise reduction and insulation against cold drafts.
If you can’t decide on one type of window treatment for all your home’s windows, then try combining them: cellular shades in some rooms and wood or vinyl shutters in other rooms. You can also add top treatments such as cornices to give your home a custom look. With so many options available today, you are sure to find the type of window treatment that works best for your needs, wallet, and home.
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