As shutters are becoming more easily accessible in the market – based both on availability and price point, it makes you start to think; are they the right option for my house? When taking in all the choices for window treatments that are available, you have the variety from curtains to drapes to blinds or shades – and now shutters are added to that list! To help you think through whether shutters may be the best option for you, we’ve put together a list of features that the product has.
- Durability – Shutters are made from extremely durable materials, that are all very easy to clean. They can be wiped down or washed off very easily – so no need to worry about fingerprints or little fingers peeking outside. They also do not include the typical strings and mechanisms that most blinds and shades have – so less things to break! They built into your window – so little to no chance of anything falling or ripping (think curtains).
- Open feel to the room – The shutter is built into the structure of your window – so to an observer – it feels like part of the window. It does not close in the room like a curtain or drape may, and is much less fussy than the appearance of many blinds and shades.
- Insulating your windows – Again, being that the treatment is built around your existing windows, you are adding an extra barrier between the inside and outside of your home. They are a great way to keep the heat in during the winter, and the heat out during the summer.
- Timeless decoration – Shutters add a timeless look to any décor. They are simple enough to allow for dressing up – adding curtains or drapes are common, yet they are a statement piece on their own – they will dress up a window completely without the need for any additional treatment.
- Ease of cleaning – You can simply dust them off or wipe them down. No dry cleaning to worry about (drapes), and no mechanism you can’t touch when cleaning (blinds). They come in a variety of different materials, so just be sure to verify with the manufacturer what cleaning products can be used.
Of course, there are a lot of great features – but keep in mind they are an extremely custom option – so the price point tends to reflect such. Hope this helps make your decision making a little easier!