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Are window shutters outdated?

They may have been around since their 18th century southern American roots, but plantation shutters have remained triumphant in the fashion stakes ever since. Despite their long history, shutter designs and materials have evolved considerably with age and, during their long reign, shutter manufacturers have amassed a wealth of experience. Their quality craftmanship techniques let them create fitting shutter solutions for modern-day homes, whether they be traditional or contemporary properties. So, are window shutters outdated? Absolutely not! In fact, it is fair to say that plantation shutters are one of the most popular internal window dressings used in homes today. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider incorporating them into your 21st century home.

Why should plantation shutters be on your home project list?

Unlike curtains and blinds, shutters will last a lifetime

In fact, estate agents consider plantation shutters to be part of a home’s permanent fixtures, meaning they will remain with the property even if it sold. Custom-made plantation shutters are fitted with absolute precision, meaning it will be very unlikely that they will fit the property you move too. Estate agents state that window shutters make a home more appealing to buyers and, in some cases, can add value to a home.

Shutters complement all interior styles and property types

Whether you require shutters for a period property with sash windows or you own a new build with minimalist detail and a contemporary interior design vibe, you will find a style shutter and material to suit.

Shutters are completely customisable

Whether you have an awkward arch, a large bay Victorian window, a small, circular shaped opening, or anything in between, crafting and installing shutters will not be a problem. Everything we make is made-to-measure.

Quality materials to suite the environment of each room of your home

Materials matter in plantation shutter construction because the needs of each room in a property may differ and, therefore, will impact which shutter material suits your requirements best. Whether you have a humid utility room, a big family bathroom that needs to contend with high moisture levels or a well-loved living room that needs to cope with the bumps of family life, there are shutter solutions for all environments.

Shutters are one of the most energy efficient window dressing available

Window shutters are an excellent way to prevent heat loss and boost the energy efficiency of your home. When the louvres and shutter panels are closed, window shutters can reduce heat loss by 64% (single glazing). That is up to 27% more than the reduction of heat loss from roller blinds and 25% more than curtains.

Minimal cleaning and maintenance

It’s easy and convenient to maintain shutters. All you need is a damp cotton or wool cloth (try not to use paper towels as they can be abrasive and can cause scratches overtime). A hoover can simplify the job even further. Shutters do not hold the dust as much as curtains and can be easily cleaned at home, rather than taking down bulky curtains and paying a fortune to get them cleaned professionally. Hygienically, this is a big plus point too. If you have anyone suffering with allergies in your household, you will notice a difference.

Colour choices to suit all interior design preferences

Whether you opt for a traditional stain to complement an older style property or a bespoke paint colour for a feature statement, there is a shutter colour for you. At ShuttersUp, we offer a 28-palette colour and 20 stains. But, if you still cannot find what you need, we can create and match custom colours from a variety of paint brands and standards including Dulux, RAL, Farrow & Ball, Fired Earth, Paint & Paper Library, and Little Greene.

Quality installation is key to longevity

A quality install by a professional will help shutters last a lifetime. When installing wood shutters, diligence is important. The frames need to be perfectly true and square to avoid pinched hinges and stress on the shutter panel that can cause warping.

It is safe to say that plantation shutters will not go out of fashion anytime soon! They have been around for centuries, and their design and style evolution mean that they are an adaptable and timeless addition to whatever style of home you have. These window dressings can last for years if you care for them properly.

At ShuttersUp, we pride ourselves on the excellence of our products and quality and do everything we can to ensure that our own standards and those within our industry are met. Plus, our money-back guarantee covers both product quality and expertise of our installers and lasts 7 days from the moment your installation is complete. This means that, if you are not satisfied with your shutters, we will rectify any defects without hesitation (you’ll understand that this doesn’t extend to colour, design, configuration you have chosen, or any associated decoration). What are you waiting for? Enquire today!

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