In 1979, Peter Allen, the renowned Aussie songwriter, wrote a popular song called,“Everything Old is New Again”. Those few words completely define the return of plantation shutters as window décors for the 21st century. They are also the must-have accessories for outdoor patios, verandas, porches, and balconies. Beyond giving your indoor and outdoor areas an eye-appealing classical sophistication, plantation shutters come with a number of valuable benefits.
While these are not all inclusive, here are 11 of the many benefits you can realize when you add plantation shutters throughout your home and outdoor structures.
Unlike fabric drapes or blinds, your shutters will not fade due to ageing or the sun’s harmful UV rays. The materials in today’s shutters are strong, durable, do not lose their colour and will not warp or peel.
As shutters are always in fashion, you only need to have window shutters installed one time. This will save you on the cost of purchasing new curtains or drapes every few years.
But, in the event that your shutters are damaged due to human error, or you decide that you want to purchase new shutters, you don’t need to replace the mountings because the blades are changeable. This means you only need to buy new blades which can be done quickly and easily.
Cleaning your plantation shutters is beyond easy. All you need is a damp cloth to wipe over the blades. For routine light dusting, you can use one of those dust trapping hand wipers such as Enjo Dust Glove. You’ll save on the cost of washing or cleaning the drapes or curtains. There is also no need to get up on a ladder or stool to take down and then rehang drapes or curtains.
Custom made shutters are measured and constructed to fit snugly into any window frame or between outdoor support beams. There is no need for additional supporting hardware such as curtain rods, drawstrings, or valances that cover up valuable wall space. Snug fitting window shutters let you control how much or how little sunlight to let into your rooms. The blades can be opened a little or a lot in either upward or downward positions. Having the ability to direct the sunlight away from your furniture, carpets, and flooring means that you can extend the life and natural beauty of your interior possessions. Also, due to the thickness of your shutter blades, they provide you with complete privacy when closed and they also reduce the sound of most outdoor noise.
4. Variety of Styles
Unlike regular drapes or curtains, Plantation Shutters come in a variety of styles.
Availble styles include coverage for entire windows, half window coverings, solid panels that open like a closet, or bi-fold panels that let you decide on how wide you want to open them.
Custom made shutters can also be designed so that you can lift them up when you want to wash the windows or let in fresh air.
5. Choice of Materials
The materials used for plantation shutters range from natural wood and aluminum to the very popular choice of PVC. PVC shutters look just like wood but offer a more cost-effective solution. Depending on your personal decoration themes or your desire for wood tone dressings throughout your home, your shutters can be stained or hand painted to display a rich, luminous finish. Special coatings can be added to the finished dressings that will deter flaking, peeling, and warping for homes in humid locations.
6. Added Security
Window shutters offer an added layer of security for your home. You can add a locking option to the shutters that will hamper entry attempts by trespassers or home invaders. This locking option may also entitle you to a discount on your homeowner’s insurance.
7. Save On Energy
Another financial benefit to having planation shutters is being able to save on energy bills. The snug fitting ability of your shutters helps to keep the cold weather out during winter months and to keep the sun’s heat out during the summer months. Your rooms will remain comfortable throughout the year.
8. Plantation Shutters Improve Appearance
Plantation shutters enlarge the appearance of your rooms. Drapes and curtains are hung using valuable space around the actual windows and they tend to take up most of the visual effects of a room. Nicely designed shutters have the opposite impact and that means that your rooms take on a more spacious and airy appearance, a rather inexpensive way to enhance your surroundings. You’ll be able to highlight special portraits or paintings on all of the open wall space.
9. A Touch of Elegance
Bi-Fold shutters are excellent replacements for interior or exterior doorways, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, and room dividers. As an entrance-way, wood stained dressings offer a touch of old world, simplistic elegance while blending seamlessly with your décor.
10. Upgrade Appearance
One undisputed benefit of plantation shutters is the improved curbside appeal of your property. Whether you are inside looking out or outside looking in, shutters add an impressive upgrade to the overall appearance of your home, adding a warmth and charm to a home’s exterior.
11. Add Value To Your Property
Once installed, shutters are classified as permanent attachments to your home. This means that there will be an added value to your property because the shutters remain with the home when you leave. With a higher home value, you may easily recoup the full price that you paid for the shutters when you sell your home. The higher property estimate also converts into additional value if you ever apply for a home equity loan.
While this may not be an obvious benefit, it is always best to use a local company when shopping around for your shutters. A local company offers more personalised service because they appreciate your business, they are able to come to you for both the measuring and installation of your shutters, they create your shutters locally, they can easily and conveniently correct any errors, they guarantee their work, and they rely on your satisfaction for future referrals.
Here at Brisbane Shutters we live and work where you live and work, and take great pride in providing an outstanding product and service to our customers. In addition to high-quality workmanship, Brisbane Shutters will often match or charge less than the quoted prices from multi-location commercialised firms.
If you are in the market for some new shutters or would like to discuss some options for your home, reach out to Brisbane Shutters today for a no obligation chat about what would be best for you.