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Window Shutters

An in depth look at skylight blinds and other window shades and coverings.

Most window coverings such as curtains, shades or blinds tend to fairly flexible in nature and provide the window itself with only limited protection. However, if you are looking for something a little more solid, window shutters tend to be the covering of choice. These are available in a number of styles and can be used on the windows of your home for both practical and decorative purposes.

Window shutters are a style that has long been used on properties and were typically installed on the outside of a home to provide the windows with some protection from the elements. This is part of the reason they can be used today and in areas which are prone to severe weather, exterior shutters can be a sensible addition to the windows of a home. However they can be used on any property and these days can be added as much for decorative as practical purposes.

Window shutters come in a variety of styles and can typically be installed on the interior or exterior of a property. They comprise a frame of vertical and horizontal rails within which can be set louvers, solid panels, fabric and a range of other materials.

Using them on the windows of a home can provide it with a few advantages.

Shutters for use on the exterior of windows are typically hinged at either side of the window and open from the centre out so that the entire window is revealed. However they can also be placed on tracks mounted on the face of the structure to open and close them. The most common type is manufactured of wood with louvered inserts which can be fixed or adjustable. However vinyl exterior shutter are also available and these typically also come in a louvered style. Shutters can provide the exterior of a property with an attractive look and also provide some practical benefits. When closed they can provide the window with some protection although the louvered slats still allow air to freely circulate. They can also provide a little more privacy, as well as providing some relief from direct sunlight shining into a room.

Window shutters can also commonly be used on the interior of a home. These are typically hinged and open from the center, swinging inwards into the room to allow access to the window. However for wider windows folding style shutters are also available. The most common type of interior shutter tends to be the wood louvered style with traditional, California and plantation shutters being common styles. However other options such as colored or stained glass shutters can provide an attractive look. Interior shutters can add a touch of class to a room which improves its looks. They can also help to control the light entering a room and provide a little more privacy when closed.

Window shutters are available from a number of outlets and can be found for sale both in-store and through internet retailers. Some of the places to look include Home Depot, Lowes, Horizon shutters and Shutter Land. These have a wide selection from which to choose such that most people will be able to find a style that suits their home.

Window shutters have been around for a long time and they can be a practical as well as a decorative addition to a home. Whether they are used on the interior or exterior of a home they can provide it with an elegant look which enhances the style. They also provide some practical advantages and this can make them a good choice for your home.