Interior shutters offer a classic look and infuse any room with functional beauty. Their benefits reach far beyond adding a statement piece to the home. Shutters are made in a variety of materials and finishes and fit seamlessly into any decor, whether historic or contemporary. Originally, shutters were made of wood and were solely used to keep the sun out of homes in hot environments. With ever advancing technology, shutters are now made out of innovative materials and offer multi-functionality. You can expect the following benefits when installing interior shutters in your home:
Reduce Energy Costs
Similar to the classically functioning plantation shutters of the 1800s, modern day shutters still are a great way to keep the scorching mid-day sun at bay. Nowadays, they also keep controlled air in. They create an additional layer of insulation for your windows and prevent the comfortable air in your home from slipping through the cracks. On colder nights, this insulation works to eliminate drafts and keep heat inside the home as well. Windows and doors are responsible for up to 25% of a home’s controlled air loss, causing your energy bills to rise. Don’t over work your air conditioning unit, keep utility bills down with an extra layer of energy efficient shutters.
Filter Light in a Number of Ways
Indoor shutters operate by rotating the louvers to adjust the angle of the blinds. Shutters come in a variety of styles, from single panel, to double panel, to cafe style, and you have full control over how much light is let in, and in which direction the light shines. Sunlight filtered downward can reduce glare on TV and computer screens, and sunlight filtered upward casts light throughout the whole room. Open them to any width you choose to control the amount of light coming in. You choose the hinge placement of your shutters to determine which way they will open, so you can let the sunlight in while still enjoying privacy in your home.
Easy to Clean and Reduce Allergens
Cleaning shutters is as easy as wiping them down on one side, reversing the angle, and wiping the other side. Unlike blinds, which require some scrubbing, and most likely removing them from the window to do so, shutters take just a few minutes of your time. Because they are so easily cleaned and less porous than drapes, they don’t collect allergens like dust and pet hair as readily.
Shutters look like high-end window treatments but are usually much more inexpensive than designer draperies. They increase the value of your home by adding a “wow” factor and energy efficiency to each window. The best part is, they look beautiful from inside and outside the home, so your home also gains great curb appeal.
Add Protection to Your Windows
Interior shutters are free from cords and strings, which can be a hazard to children and pets. They offer rigid protection against damage to the windows as well. They can stand up to a charging pet or haphazardly thrown toy better than blinds do. Shutters last much longer than most window treatments, and a good quality shutter will protect your windows for many years.
Easily Updated and Customized
Wooden shutters come in virtually unlimited color choices to match the decor of any home. They can be stained to match the furniture in your home, or painted in an accent color. If you decide to change the theme of a room, you can easily sand and re-paint shutters to match. Because they’re so easy to update, this also adds to the resale value they bring to your home. Material is even customizable. Shutters can come in strong, lightweight hardwoods or durable, energy efficient Polywood. Premium poly finishes will be just as paintable as hardwood, and will have a baked-on coating that won’t crack or chip. Shutters come in multiple sizes and styles, so whether you like the look of single panel shutters with large louvers, or double hung shutters with narrow louvers, the choice is yours.
Resistant to Fading and Damage
Wood and Polywood shutters are much more resistant to fading and discoloration than their cloth counterparts. Treated materials are made to be resistant to cracking, warping, and buckling as well, and can handle daily use much better than regular blinds. With proper design and installation, you won’t have to worry about shutters “sagging” on their hinges like cheap brands tend to do. Many manufacturers offer warranties on their shutters as well, guaranteeing protection against the elements.
If you would like to learn more about how your home can benefit from interior shutters, give Blind Design of Houston a call, or browse our website. You will have a personal appointment with the owner to design your dream-home custom shutters. All of our products are manufactured in the USA, our shutters right here in Texas, and are of the highest quality. We offer limited lifetime warranties on each and every one of our shutters.