Installing shutters in your home will be a very good investment. They are considered a fixture and as such will add financial value to your home.
In order to get a good return, it is important that you invest time and research in deciding which shutters will look good in your home and also whether it is important that a professional be contracted to install the shutters.
Consider the following before making the final decision to go ahead.
Where do you want the shutters to be?
Step back, take a close look at your home. Do you want to install shutters against all of the windows? Do you want to only install in certain rooms? Should the shutters be installed only inside or would it benefit your home to have outside shutters?
It is important to look at where your property is located. Homes which are near the coast or in storm areas will require outside shutters. These should these be storm resistant and of a hard-wearing material.
Why do you want Shutters?
Think about not only where you want shutters but why they should be installed in a specific part of your house. Consider if you just actually want them to look good and fit in with a specific design theme. Are they primarily for security and privacy or are they to assist with insulation and light control in your home?
If privacy and light for example your primarily reason for installing shutters then it is important to make sure that any frames are manufactured to overlap one another do that maximum privacy and block out are achieved.
Which shutter type
Your next step in the research process should be deciding which type of shutters will suit your windows bearing in mind the reasons why you want these shutters. You should step back and analyse what they will look like when open or closed. Make sure that there is enough space to stack bi folding shutters if need be. If swing shutters are opened will there be enough space without blocking a window or door.
There are two main types of shutter design I.e. Solid or Louvered. Research on the internet and at your local dealer to see which ones will be best suited to your application.
The next thing to research is what material do you want your shutters to be made off. The best shutters for durability are made from Hardwood. There are also composite shutters made from epoxy which are particularly suitable when shutters are required to sustain harsh elements.
What kind of Finishes.
Finally research the type of finish that you will require. Should they be in a natural wood or painted to fit in with your decor theme. White shutters in a room reflect the light and can be effective in opening up small spaces.
Research Shutter manufacturing and Installers in your area
Ask questions and look at the portfolio of a company.
How long have they been operating? What is their track record like?
Talk to family and friends about recommendations.
Is the company able to offer you value added advice?
Will the company meet you on site and discuss your design objectives?
Research is available to anyone on the internet. Make sure that you do in fact read up on the various aspects of shutters and their benefits. Most reputable companies have extensive information on their websites and are happy to visit and discuss any questions you may have.
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