Shutter Basics and Installation
Interior shutters, or plantation shutters, are similar to blinds in terms of light control, but they attach to the window frame on hinges so that you can open entire system for unimpeded views. When you want to control the amount of light that is transmitted inside, you can tilt the slats up or down. Shutters are more durable that other types of window treatments. Another benefit is that the appearance of shutters is universally appealing and suits most interior designs. Because of this, shutters have a much higher return on investment than other types of window treatments. Appraisers take shutters into consideration when they evaluate homes. For a safe investment and a practical window treatment, you can't go wrong with shutters.
Shutters for Privacy
One of the best things about shutters is that they allow some natural light into the home without sacrificing your privacy, but only if you operate them correctly. It is a simple concept, but a lot of people think, 'If I can't see out, no one can see in.' Wrong. If you are upstairs and you tilt you shutter's slats up towards the ceiling, people below at street level can see in. If you are downstairs and your neighbor's house is elevated relative to yours, or if they are looking out of their upstairs window, they would be able to see inside your home if your slats are tilted down towards the floor. In general, tilt up when you are downstairs, and tilt down when you are upstairs.
For upstairs bathrooms, where privacy is most important, tilt the slats down: (image via www.decorview.com)
Wood: Wood is popular because of its rich appearance. Basswood and alder are the best types of wood for shutters because they resist warping better than other species. The quality of shutters varies between manufacturers so do your research! One of the benefits of shutters is that they should last a long time so choose a quality product.
Vinyl or Synthetic: If low-maintenance is your priority, synthetic shutters are your best bet. This is our recommendation for replacement windows in kitchens and bathrooms, or other places with high humidity. We also recommend vinyl frames for replacement windows in these locations because vinyl resists moisture. High quality synthetic shutters rank well in terms of lasting durability as well. They won't warp, rot, or chip. Pesty critters aren't very interested in them either. The quality of synthetic shutters varies greatly. Some vinyl shutters look like plastic and are prone to sagging and discoloration, but they are cheaper. Vinyl shutters usually only come in white or off-white. High-density solid polymer shutters look more like wood, are more durable, and you can paint them. If you can't decide between wood and vinyl, read our detailed comparison of wood and vinyl window frames. The same logic applies to shutters.
Metal: Metal plantation shutters are less common, but they provide more security. Unlike other shutters, they are able to fully lock and the material itself is a strong aluminum. They come in a variety of colors and configurations.
Window Treatments for Non-Standard Replacement Windows in CT
Interior shutters can be made to fit windows of any size or shape. They allow you to control the amount of light coming through the whole window and they do not mask the beauty of the window. You can swing the entire shutter unit open to display the window and the views beyond.
Blinds and shades don't work for replacement windows in CT that are not a standard shape. CT replacement windows are often designed to complement traditional architectural details. For example, arched windows are a common feature of older homes in CT. Creative draping can make curtains work with arched windows, but it is hard to come up with a system that looks good when the curtains are open and closed. The best solution is to drape only a portion of the window. Some shades are compatible with arched windows, but you can't open them fully and they hide the beauty of the window. The only way to make blinds work is to have them cover only the rectangular portion of the window and add a separate window treatment to cover the arched portion. If you do not need complete coverage, we think it looks best to leave the arched portion of the window exposed.
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Shutters for Sunroom Windows
The whole point of a sunroom is to transmit an abundance of natural light, but outdoor light changes constantly. Choose window treatments that are easy to adjust so you can control the light coming through sunroom windows according to the time of day and your activities. Shutters probably have the easiest operating mechanism because you can just tilt the slats up or down to whatever degree you want.
The only downside with shutters for sunroom windows is that they can be cumbersome in a small room. You need to have empty space in front of and to the sides of the sunroom windows if you want to open the entire shutter unit. If the sunroom windows are on a wall by themselves, shutters are great. If the room is small and space is limited, consider other options. Sunrise windows manufactures internal blinds that offer the same light control as shutters, but without taking up additional space. (image via www.pictureshowertour.com)
In terms of ROI, durability, light control, and maintenance, shutters are a great option for your replacement windows in CT. We recommend vinyl replacement windows from Sunrise Windows. In terms of shutter material, it is a toss up. Vinyl is great for bathrooms, but wood is often a more attractive option. Synthetic shutters can offer the best of both worlds if you choose a high quality manufacturer. We would be happy to help you in the decision making process. Come to our Meriden showroom to see some samples and speak to our expert designers, and learn about how shutters can improve your home's energy efficiency: