If you’re considering having wooden shutters or blinds the following looks at the pros and cons of each.
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A comparison of wooden shutters against standard blinds
Temperature control and energy saving
Window shutters are a great way to conserve energy. They distribute light efficiently within a room which can reduce the need for additional light sources. If you open shutters in the morning to capture the natural sunlight and close them once the sun begins to fade they will retain the captured heat within your room for the remainder of the day. As such, shutters keep heat inside your room during the cooler months which reduces the need to turn your heating up a notch or two. As a result, wooden shutters can save up to 10% off your annual utility bills.
Although blinds can be closed to limit the amount of heat leaking out through your windows, they’re not solid in the same way as wooden shutters so they don’t have the same regulatory effect.
Both shutters and blinds can regulate temperature because they create airspace between the glass and the window covering. However, the thicker, tighter fitting and more insulated the covering the better.
Adding value to your property
When it comes to selling your home, wooden shutters offer some great selling points. Property agents will use your shutters as a key selling point and will reference them to increase the value of your home. Your house needs to have a competitive edge, something different, something more stylish than other properties available in the market. Plantation shutters not only make your home look and feel great on the inside, it also looks stylish and sophisticated from the outside.
The standard of blinds has increased hugely in recent years however the style of blind chosen for any given room is often down to personal taste and may not appeal to perspective buyers. Although blinds won’t add value to your property, the benefit of blinds over shutters in this case is that they’re not a fixed item and can easily be removed and replaced with another style.
Colour and Style
Although whites and off-whites are the most popular choice for shutters, wooden shutters are available in more than sixty stock colours. High quality shutter manufacturers also offer a colour match service which allows you to match the colour of your shutters any leading paint manufacturer. This enables shutters to be an exact match to the shade or colour you’ve taken from your wall coverings, curtains or cushions to deliver absolute perfection to your interior design.
Regardless of the colour you choose, all high quality shutters receive six coats of paint or stain and a UV protective layer to ensure maximum protection against fading from sun light.
When it comes to style, whether traditional or contemporary, wooden shutters offer a seamless and timeless addition to your home.
Because wooden shutters are made-to-measure they can fit any shape or style of window including bay windows, arched windows, ovals, triangles and more. There is no limit to there design potential.
Blinds comes in a vast variety of patterns, colours and finishes to suit pretty much every interior imaginable. This includes Roman Blinds, Vertical Blinds, Wooden Blinds, Venetian Blinds, Blackout Blinds and more.
As with wooden shutters, blinds can be made-to-measure to ensure a perfect fit to your door or window coverings.
It’s important to note that blinds are not as durable as shutters due to the continued mechanism of raising and lowering. Like anything that moves there’s a good chance of wear and tear.
Note also that certain fabrics fade over time due to constant exposure to UV rays. As mentioned above, high quality shutters contain a UV protective layer to protects against fading.
Wooden Shutters offer maximum flexibility when it comes to privacy, particularly Cafe Style or Tier-on-Tier Shutters.
With Cafe Style Shutters (see image below) the lower half of the window offers style as well as privacy, whereas the upper half lets in welcomed sunlight.
With Tier-on-Tier (see image below) shutters each panel can be open separately (and the louvres within each panel), giving you maximum control over light, temperature and privacy.
A Summary of Wooden Shutters or Blinds Compared
Ultimately you may say there isn’t a wrong choice here and it’s down purely to personal preference. However, as outlined above there is a distinct differences between the two:
The Pros and Cons of Wooden Shutters
- Can save up to 10% off your annual energy bills
- Come with a 3 year guarantee
- Add value to your property
- Due to their design flexibility can add privacy more effectively than blinds (e.g. Cafe Style Shutters or Tier-on-Tier Shutters)
- Contain a UV protective layer to ensure maximum protection against fading from sun light
- Can be manufactured to match any colour of your choice
- Can be fitted to any shape of window
- Available in hardwood (for the perfect grained finish) or MDF (as a lower cost option)
- Hard-waring and durable with fewer mechanisms to go wrong
- Easy to clean and maintain.
- Are more costly than blinds
- We would highly recommend that you get a professional to install them for you.
The Pros and Cons of Blinds
- A vast variety of styles, colours and finishes to choose from
- Can be made-to-measure or purchased off-the-shelf
- You can install them yourself.
- Don’t regulate light or temperature as well as wooden shutters
- Not as durable as wooden shutters as they’re prone to failure over time with there continued open and closing mechanism
- Fabrics fade over time due to constant exposure to UV light.
Advice and Guidance
If you would like some expert advice and guidance when choosing wooden shutters or blinds feel free to contact our team at any time. We’re always happy to help.
Or call us today on 01904 501 371.