How to choose the best modern shutters for your home
Like many design features on your home, window shutters have a long history. And while shutter design and construction may have changed, the reasons for installing them haven’t.
If you travel through Europe or countries around the Mediterranean, you can’t help but spot a feature common to buildings across most cultures – the window shutter.
While it’s hard to know for sure the exact origins of window shutters, it’s generally agreed that ancient Greece is a pretty good bet to have been one of the first to adopt this now universal form of window covering. Given the generally hot climate, the Greeks probably used them to control light and ventilation and as a protection against the tropical environment.
More likely than not marble was the first material to be used in the form of fixed louvres. Over time, wood replaced marble as the more useful (and no doubt less costly) construction material of choice. The form changed as well, with fixed louvres being replaced by movable ones that could be adjusted to allow more control over the amount of light and air entering the home.
It’s also reasonable to assume that at first, only the wealthiest could afford to protect their homes with window shutters. But as the technology developed, their use spread far and wide across the Mediterranean and beyond.
Today, you certainly don’t need to be wealthy to enjoy the benefits of window shutters. In fact, modern shutter design and construction techniques make shutters one of the most cost effective ways to protect your home from the elements and unwanted intruders. In many areas, external window shutters are now considered a standard inclusion on any modern new home.
When choosing the right shutter for your home, there are a few things to take into account before making the final decision. One of the key considerations is your location.
For instance, if you live near a busy road, you need an external shutter that will dramatically reduce noise levels and give you plenty of privacy.
You may live near an area where home break-ins are an unfortunate fact of life. In this case, you definitely need the peace of mind of knowing that all access points to your home are secure and protected from intrusion.
If you live in a more remote area prone to bushfires, you’d be wise to select a shutter that offers you and your family both high security and fire protection. It’s important that shutters built for this purpose comply with Australian Bushfire Construction Standards and have a high Bushfire Attack Level rating.
Another consideration, of course, is appearance. Any shutter you choose should be available in a range of colours that complement and enhance the external appearance of your home.
Finally, the best advice is to make sure you’re dealing with a highly reputable business that can demonstrate a proven track record of customer satisfaction.
Ready to choose your external shutters? Talk to one of our experienced consultants today about protecting your home with modern SIS shutters.