A Detailed Guide to Shutters
There are a number of options when it comes to decorating your home, but very few things can give the style and simplicity like shutters. There is a huge variety available today to suit ever office and home’s requirements for functionality and beauty. You can choose between adjustable, fixed, external, and internal and can be made out of any material you want.
Applications: Applications differ from practical applications to cosmetic applications in the form of a filter and are also very common to protect windows from damage especially in regions where harsh climatic conditions are a huge problem.
Design: The usual design features horizontal rails or slats with vertical columns. The vertical columns give additional support and act as a frame. Horizontal rails on the other hand, act as filter media which can filter out sound and light. Also, they increase the privacy levels.
Outdoor Shutters: They are available in various variants, for both aesthetic and practical effect. Outdoor shutters can’t only protect from light while allowing airflow, but they can also protect from snow and harsh climate. They are really popular in French mansions. As name suggests they are hinged on outside window pane. They open outwards, in order to give protection to the glass in the window.
Indoor Shutters: The indoor type basically works as a media to filter privacy and lighting, just like blinds. They are usually hinged on the inside pane of window and open inwards so as to not obstruct the accessibility to the window. You can use louvers to adjust the size of the aperture between the rails. Tires give flexibility to the amount of adjustment possible in some types. You can choose any variant from one to three tiers, each having adjustable louvers, thus giving full air flow and light control. For example, imagine that the harsh rays of sun are falling on the lower 2 tiers, their rails can be closed while the rails on the top tier can be left open to allow flow of air, therefore controlling light as well as providing ventilation. They give balance of practical and aesthetic effect, but they can’t give protection from harsh weather.
Hurricane Shutters: Made of steel, aluminum or the latest option fiberglass, they are made to tolerate the severe climatic conditions. Mainly practical in application, they are generally hinged on to the outer side of a window pane. Their key role is to protect the glass and other breakable items of the window at the time of storm or hurricane. If you are low on budget, then plywood variant can best suffice your needs. But they are not really great in terms of strength.
Hunter Douglas Shutters are really common amongst home owners as they are known for their elegance, style and durability. Expressions At Home stocks huge variety of Hunter Douglas shutters, so feel free to contact to discuss your window treatment needs.