Which shutters are the best? Choosing the Right Shutters

Adding shutters to your windows give them an entirely new character and it lets you control the amount of light coming in. They are more durable and easy to clean compared to other window treatments. With many styles and designs to choose from, which shutters are the best? Here’s an overview of the different types and uses of shutters.

Shutter Styles

Plantation shutters can usually be categorized into 6 main styles or appearance.

Full Height Shutters

These are louvered panels that cover the entire window. It looks extra special when used in large windows or patio doors.

Tier-on-Tier Shutters

This type of shutters lets you open the top part or the bottom part separately. These are great for rooms that need privacy, while keeping the top part open still lets the light in.

Shaped Shutters

These are shutters for irregularly shaped windows, such as round or hexagonal ones.

Café- Style Shutters

These only cover the bottom half of the window. They are a cheaper alternative while looking stylish. Their continental appeal is great for your kitchen and living room.

Solid Shutters

These are made of paneled wood designs instead of louvers. It blocks off light 100 percent when closed, so it’s perfect for your bedroom when you have trouble sleeping or if you sleep during the day.

Tracked Shutters

These shutters slide on a track, eliminating the process of swinging them open. These are ideal for patio door or on areas where space is limited and you don’t want an obstruction.

Shutter Materials

Shutters come in real wood, composite wood, aluminum and PVC. Composite wood shutters are a combination for medium-density fiberboard and polypropylene. Composite wood ones are more durable, but some purists go for real wood because nothing looks like real wood.
Aluminum shutters are durable and lightweight, ideal for large windows. Meanwhile, it is recommended to use PVC shutters for high moisture areas like the bathroom. It’s okay to use different shutter materials on different rooms.

Shutter Costs

As with other materials, wood usually comes on top as the most expensive. Based on the brand and style you choose, they are around 20 to 30 percent more expensive than composite wood and vinyl.

Installation cost would be around $20 per square foot, depending on the contractor and location of installation.

Choosing shutters will rely on your style preference, budget and how they will fit your own home. If the room is semi-private, then you can go for a café-style or tier-on-tier style. If you want total privacy and total darkness, then shop for a solid shutter.
When you understand the style and materials, you will know which one to use for each room.

If you need help in selecting shutters for your home, give us a call at 800993120. We service the Western Cape and Cape Town area. Consultation is free. We’ll discuss your needs to help narrow down your choices.