With fast winter approaching, now is the time to think about keeping your home cozy and secure by investing in plantation shutters or solid shutters. As the evenings get darker and the nights colder, we want to switch on the lights, turn up the central heating and make our homes warm and snug. Shutters offer an attractive way to keep the heat in, while also maintaining your privacy. This article will look at the benefits of plantation shutters and solid shutters to keep your home safe and cozy this season.
Originating from pre-civil war America, plantation shutters are louvered panels that can either be fixed to the inside or outside of windows and doors. They are available in hardwood, painted wood, or can be waterproofed for use in bathrooms, wet rooms, shower rooms, and swimming pools.
Plantation shutters come in three types: café style shutters, full height shutters, and tier on tier shutters. Café style shutters were initially used in France to create an intimate dining experience without compromising on natural light. They cover just the bottom half of the window, helping to maintain privacy while still allowing in plenty of natural light. Café style plantation shutters are a brilliant and cost-effective way of introducing screens in the home.
As the name implies, full-length shutters cover the entire window and are a simple and appealing choice for the home or office. The third alternative, tier on tier shutters, includes the whole window aperture in 2 sections. These offer a versatile solution, as the louvered panels can be opened independently of one another to control lights levels and privacy.
Solid shutters were used in Victorian times to keep the heat in. Unlike plantation shutters, they consist of solid panels, instead of louvers and are popular today in restored period homes. Made from cedar wood, or stained or painted in a wide range of finishes, solid shutters bring the homeowner many benefits. For example, they insulate the home, shut out external noises, and completely block out the light. Also, solid shutters make the right partitions as they can be used as high quality, light folding doors.
When the weather turns cold outside, it can quickly affect the temperature inside. Winds, frost, and rain can rapidly reduce the heat of a home or office and cause you to put on an extra layer of clothing or turn up the heating, leading to higher household bills.
Both solid shutters and plantation shutters can help to insulate your home against the cold by reducing heat loss through window glass.
If you choose solid shutters for your home, then these can be closed fully to add a layer of wood which entirely covers the window, reducing drafts and chills. This can be particularly effective in bedrooms at night, where you will also benefit from deep restorative sleep caused by the black-out effect they create.
In other rooms, you may prefer plantation shutters. Here the louvered slats can be moved to the closed position, or partially covered, to still allow in some natural light. Or you could choose café style shutters or tier on tier shutters to reduce drafts and heat loss through the bottom half of your window and allow light in through the top.
Another aspect that is more important in winter, when the nights are longer and darker, is security and privacy within your home. This is because when it is dark outside and light inside, it is easier for people to see in. Both plantation shutters and solid shutters act as a barrier to stop this happening, ensuring your privacy, modesty, and security!
Solid shutters can be fully closed at night time for a cozy, protected feel within your home and complete privacy from the outside world. They also make it much harder for an intruder to break in due to the substantial extra layer they would have to breakthrough. Then during the day, shutters can be opened again to allow in ventilation and natural light.
Plantation shutters can also be switched to the closed position as dusk falls. Or the louvered slats of plantation shutters can be quite cleverly adjusted so that even during the day, when you require light to be let into the room, an onlooker’s line of sight is interrupted, blocking their view into your home.
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