When you think of window treatments, drapes and curtains are probably the first things to leap to mind. In many Canadian regions they are the most prevalent, but in recent years that has been changing. People have rediscovered the beauty and functionality of interior shutters and are upgrading their current window treatments.
Interior Shutters vs. Shades & Blinds
Shutters have a few distinct advantages over shades and blinds. Interior shutters provide the best light control and privacy of any window covering. Shutters close tight, which nearly eliminates light gaps. Not only do they provide privacy and light control, they also insulate better than horizontal blinds or shades. This added insulation saves energy. Blinds and shades do offer privacy and light control but not the same level as shutters.
Shades and blinds are less expensive in short-term cost than shutters. In the long run though, opting for shutters is more cost effective. They help save money in energy costs and quality shutters can last a lifetime – blinds and shades will wear out and need to be replaced before long. The individual shutter panels can open to either side, while blinds can only be retracted to the top of the window.
There are a variety of materials your shutters can be made from – real wood, synthetic, and composite are the three main categories. Composite shutters are made from vinyl or other synthetic materials that look like real wood but can last longer and cost less. These are also called faux shutters.
Shutters are more durable, strong, formal, and create more of a statement as part of your interior décor than blinds or shades. Interior shutters are sectioned into panels that are connected to make units and perfectly fit your window. The number of shutter panels used depends on the size of the window. The shutter louvers are rotated using a tilt bar to place the louvers in a desired location, unlike the string system used with blinds. Fine shutters can also be made of hardwoods for durability and energy flow. Window shutters may also be constructed from a composite Poly material for environments that require extra durability.
Running your heat is not the only way to keep your home warm this winter. You can lower your energy bills any number of ways – adding insulation, weatherproofing windows and doors, wearing warmer clothes inside, etc. Window shutters are another cost effective way to reduce your energy bills and keep your home feeling toasty.
Closing your shutters against chilly winter drafts does more than make the room feel cozier; it can also actually make the room warmer. You’ll be able to keep the heat lower longer by closing your window shutters to conserve interior heat. A lot of heat is lost through poorly insulated windows, your shutters add another layer that helps trap heat and keep out the cold.
Shutters are more effective than curtains or blinds in terms of energy efficiency. They also provide better privacy and security. With shorter days in the winter, we tend to keep our lights on longer; a habit that can lend itself to privacy issues. Shutters can act as a barrier to the outside and ensure that you and your family are safe.
By using plantation or solid panel shutters you can protect your family from prying eyes by simply closing them as it gets dark out. They can also act as a deterrent to an intruder because they are yet another barrier to traverse before getting into the home. During the day, shutters can be opened to provide the warm of the sun and natural light.
As previously mentioned, plantation or solid panel are the best styles to choose from both energy efficiency and privacy. Plantation shutters are a great choice because they feature louvered panels that can be adjusted. Plantation shutters are available in hardwood or painted wood, and they can also be waterproofed to be able to be used in high-moisture areas like bathrooms or kitchens.
Solid panel shutters originated in the Victorian era and are now used to help make homes more energy efficient. The solid wood panels provide a lot of coverage and can also help reduce external light and noise from entering your home. They are the most effective for privacy and a very popular choice for bedrooms.
Both of these shutter styles look great in your home and help reduce those high-energy costs. Indoor shutters can also be custom made to fit any window. Talk to an expert at Canada Custom Shutters and we’ll set you up with a free in-home consultation and get you on your way to a great winter in the Greater Toronto Area.
Canada Custom Shutters will provide with professional installation, top notch in the industry. Many companies use subcontractors but we have our own professional installers that will install your shutters to both yours and ours exacting standards. The main issue with using subcontractors is that they carry no real responsibility for their workmanship. They are typically paid by the job for each installation, thus their primary motivation is hanging as much square footage as quickly as possible to make more money. Our team has been trained to install your shutters professionally in a timely manner with respect for your home and furnishings. We are never satisfied unless you are too.
Installing custom shutters is not the simplest of projects; in fact we look at it as an art form. You need the right skills and proper training. Of course the first step to a great installation is a professional design and measurement. We will go through all of this with you during the design consultation and educate you about proper, professional installation methods.
Remember, many shutter, door, and window treatment companies are simply in the business of selling their goods. They may not have the skills to design products that will match your existing dÃ©cor. They also may not understand how to do a proper measurement, differences in construction (style and material), or how to do a proper installation.
At Canada Custom Shutters we not only understand all these components, we know how to bring them all together to give you the perfect shutters for your home. Simply trusting a company based on a few shutter samples is not going to get you the custom look you want. Call us today to talk about what youâ€™re looking for and weâ€™ll provide you with all the information and consultation you need to make a sounds decision.