The Shutter Shift – A Guide to Updating Your Outdoor Shutters

The outside of your home is just as important as the inside. Sure, you most likely spend the majority of your time inside – relaxing, reading, watching TV (or Netflix), eating, drinking and doing the chores. So who can blame you when you let the facade slip a bit? But your home’s curb appeal is essential. For one, it pays to keep up appearances. Secondly, if you ever want to sell, you want the outside of your property looking spick and span. And third, there’s a deep sense of satisfaction on offer when you stand outside a home that you take pride in.

So let’s look at one aspect of the outside of your home and undertake a shutter shift as we discuss updating the outside of your place.

Plantation Shutters

When it comes to outdoor shutters, you can’t go wrong with plantation shutters. These provide a decent level of insulation, keeping your place warm in winter and cool during the hotter months. This will also reduce your energy bills as you pay less for heating and cooling. As well as the temperature control and economic aspects of these window dressings, they add a touch of luxury and class to the outside of your property – these shutters are often made from high-quality cedar and basswood timber. Or, if you’re on a tighter budget, you can opt for the faux-wood choice. Speaking of budgets, let’s move on to our next piece of advice.

What’s Your Budget

It’s all well and good to get excited and head down to the shutter and blind store, but you’ll need to take a step back first and assess your budget. What can you afford? How much money do you have in the bank? What are your regular expenses and what’s left over after each paycheck? This will inform what type and style of outdoor shutters you can afford. Some people may be tempted by finance offers or payment plans, but these are only suitable if you can afford the repayments – so get that spreadsheet out and balance the household books before going shutter shopping.

Roller Shutters

Powered roller shutters are another option. They are the choice of window dressing for the security conscious, as they are a powerful deterrent against burglars. A robber will have to work twice as hard to break through a window covered by roller shutters and thieves don’t like hard work – that’s why they’re thieves. They’ll look for a smoother, softer way once they spot your roller shutters. As well as this, they also provide the insulation and economic benefits that plantation shutters do, while protecting your furniture, carpet and other accessories from the sun’s harsh light. This means that these things won’t fade or wear out as fast as they would if you didn’t have outdoor shutters.

Roller shutters also reduce noise significantly, which is a bonus if you live near a busy road, have noisy neighbours or if the birds love to serenade you each and every morning.

Match the Shutter to the Style

Finally, you want to match your choice of outdoor shutter to the style of your home. For those going for a vintage, weatherboard aesthetic, plantation shutters are a great choice. If your home is brick or brick veneer, then roller shutters are more suitable.

An Open and Shutter Conclusion

Plantation shutters are a great choice, offering energy saving and cost-cutting benefits. That being said, you’ll need to set a budget first and pick according to what you can afford to spend. Roller shutters are a brilliant choice if you’re security-minded while offering similar benefits to plantation shutters. Finally, you need to match the shutter style with your home’s appearance.