The advantages of protecting homes from the elements using interior plantation shutters have been enjoyed for many years in Europe and more recently in America. Their popularity in the UK has increased in the last twenty years, with more people realising the benefits of adding shuttered windows to their home.
Originally the introduction of glass windows to buildings meant that full height shuttered windows were no longer required to protect the inhabitants and contents from the weather, but as the glass was extremely expensive when first introduced many people opted to have half–height shutters or café-style panels on the lower part of their window to save money.
The majority of these earlier shutter panels were solid, as they could provide improved insulation and protection from rain and wind. However, now we are more concerned with both the style and benefits we can gain from our window coverings, most people opt for a louvered shutter version.
However, even the louvered interior plantation shutters are able to offer protection from the weather. Their ability to insulate encourages heat retention during colder months, as the panels provide a solid barrier when louvres are closed between the window pane and room trapping cold air. The barrier can also help to limit the impact of drafts on room temperature.
During the summer months, they can help to reduce the temperature by allowing air to circulate freely through the louvres, while angling the light away from furniture or minimising it to reduce temperatures inside. Unlike curtains the louvers allow light into the room even when partially closed, so even on hot days when you don’t want the bright light shining directly onto furniture, computer screens or audiovisual equipment, you can still have light in the room.
The louvered style shutter is now the most popular, although solid and exterior shutters are available, as with today’s glass windows we don’t necessarily require protection from extreme weather. For many, there are also issues of security which lead them to consider a security shutter or grille.
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