Window shutters are a wonderful addition to any home. Once installed, they are considered a fixture that adds financial value to your abode, not to mention the security and light-control perks they offer. Add to this that they don’t spoil the view – rather, they provide a beautiful frame for your windows through which you can observe the world outside.

 

However, many homeowners feel overwhelmed when trying to choose which shutters are best for their particular needs, and various rooms.

 

“Choosing the right shutters can be daunting at first, but when you start comparing the different options, you will no doubt find your perfect match with relative ease. Each shutter-type has its own unique benefits and can take pride of place in several spaces in your home,” says Anthony Mederer, Managing Director of Taylor Blinds and Shutters.

 

Taylor Blinds and Shutters has a range of three shutters that provide savvy window treatment solutions: ShutterGuard®  Aluminium Security Shutters ,Thermowood® Shutters and Hurricane Aluminium Shutters®.

 

If you are looking for security shutters that are easy on the eye, ShutterGuard® Aluminium Security Shutters is your go-to. They combine the style of aluminium shutters with Taylor’s patented Gear-lock system and a louvre lock pin to fasten the closed louvre panels. These shutters are virtually impenetrable and burglar proof, making them a good option to add to an often uninhabited holiday home, or if you have a home office, considering that these rooms often have laptops, printers and the like.

 

Shutterguard Shutters are great for bathrooms too, as these spaces often slip under the radar when it comes to securing your home, especially if your bathroom has small windows, or is situated on a second floor or higher. If you are concerned about installing shutters on bathroom tiles, you can rest easy: Taylor works with a network of agents and installers who have all been given rigorous training to ensure that your installation is seamless.

Know Your Shutters

Hurricane Aluminium Shutters® are ideal for external use, and protect windows and glass doors from extreme weather conditions. They are made from 100% aluminium, so will not rust and are easy to maintain, making them ideal if you live near the sea. Adding these shutters to your lounge or bedroom will enable you to enjoy the view, and also offer noise control and privacy when needed.

 

Thermowood® Shutters are manufactured from a durable, specially engineered wood substitute – extruded PVC – that has been thoroughly tested under stringent humid, hot and dry conditions to ensure longevity. It is impervious to moisture, fire resistant and easy to clean plus will not crack, split or warp. Although excellent for controlling light, heat and noise, they are not security shutters and therefore not burglar-proof. They are, however, great for adding a decorative touch to kitchens and bathrooms, as they are easy to clean and will effortlessly endure steam, spills and splatters.

 

Another aspect to keep in mind when choosing your home’s window shutters, is the opening and closing configurations. Fewer panels are better if you are planning on leaving the window shutters closed during the day with the slats tilted open. Consider the influence the shutters will have on the space when open or closed; is there enough space to stack bi-fold shutters, swing open hinged shutters or is there room on the side of the opening to accommodate by-pass shutters in order to avoid taking up window or door space?

 

Mederer concludes: “Shutters are a trendy, practical way of updating any room – don’t feel intimidated by the myriad of options available – go out and find your home’s perfect fit!”

 

For more information on these and Taylor’s other shutter and blind offerings, visit http://www.taylorblinds.co.za.

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