Here are 7 reasons why we think they are!
Shutters and Blinds can both give any home added appeal. They protect everyone and everything inside the house from the harmful effects of the sun while giving them the privacy that they need.
So, the question is, which is better between the two? Is it the traditional and classic shutters? Or is it the timeless and modern blinds? The team at Shutters Quickly has come up with the following list to describe the differences between the two; all you need to do is decide for yourself!
Shutters vs blinds
Shutters and blinds are popular amongst Australian homes. When it comes to functionality, the two are almost basically the same. They both provide privacy, protection from the sun, and some degree of insulation. So, when does one become better than the other? Here are seven differences to consider.
1. Shutters are generally more cost-effective than blinds
Look at price quotations and actual money paid for the materials and installation, and you’ll find that shutters usually cost more than blinds. But the true value of shutters is not what you see right at this moment. Instead, you need to look further down the road and envision how long your shutters will last.
If made using high-quality materials and installed by a professional, shutters can last the lifetime of your home. In addition, they can save you money because you don’t need to replace them once every couple of years – unless you really want to.
2. Shutters are more durable than blinds
Plantation shutters are solid and stable window coverings. Unlike blinds, they are mounted either inside or outside the window frame. In addition, because they are fixed, they are less likely to break or suffer from wear and tear. Shutters also don’t have strings or cords that could potentially tangle, nor do they have fabrics that could snag or stain.
Materials also play an essential part in durability and longevity. Plantation shutters are mostly made of basswood, red cedar, PVC or aluminium. These materials will last for years and years to come, and they help make shutters win over blinds in the durability department.
3. Shutters are easier to clean than blinds
Shutters are made with 2.5”, 3.5” or 4.5” louvres. The larger the slats, the easier they are to vacuum and wipe down. Thus, you’ll be spending less time reaching and cleaning between the slats. Easy to clean shutters can also help to make your windows allergy-proof.
You don’t need special cleaning materials to keep your shutters free of dust. All you need is a clean and dry cloth, feather duster or vacuum with a brush attachment to remove dust and other debris. Make sure you use a cotton cloth as polyester tends to create static that can attract more dust.
4. Shutters are energy efficient
Interior plantation shutters are one of the most energy-efficient window treatments that you can find. They are excellent insulators and can trap the cold air between the shutter and the window. Shutters will help reduce heat gain during the hot summer days by blocking harmful UV rays, reducing the heat loss during winter.
According to a Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University, study, a properly installed wood shutter can reduce heat loss by up to 90%.
5. Shutters have better noise reduction and light control
Shutters are made of thicker materials than blinds, so effectively keep outside noise down. When it comes to natural lighting in a room, you can easily customise how much light you want to enter.
6. Shutters are more versatile than blinds
Most homeowners prefer natural and neutral colours for their plantation shutters. So, you have probably seen quite a few shutters in traditional white and clean wood finish. However, if you are not the typical homeowner, you’ll be glad to know that plantation shutters are so versatile that you can choose from many other options aside from white and wood finishes.
While you’re stuck with your colour choice with blinds, shutters can be painted. You can paint your shutters a bright, happy colour and make them a beautiful focal point of your home. You’ll be hard-pressed to find this level of personal touch in window blinds, effectively making shutters better than blinds in this aspect.
7. Shutters raise the value of your home
Shutters not only make your home pleasant and secure your privacy, but they also increase the value of your home. Their timeless and neutral aesthetic design can be an appealing asset when you are thinking of selling your home in the future.
Because shutters are affixed to the window permanently, they stay on the appraisal as a ‘hard fixtures upgrade’ to the home. In fact, they are the only window covering that is included during the appraisal of a home.
Quality shutters with a 100% satisfaction rate
At Shutters Quickly, we focus on sourcing the best materials for our plantation shutters, roller shutters and blinds. This ensures that our factory in Sydney can produce and offer you only high-quality products that still look new even after years of use. We carry every component of our products in stock, so that we can carry out repairs within just 7 days.
Our shutters and blinds have become a household name when it comes to quality. Our customer service is not to be missed either. We have achieved 100% customer satisfaction through the following:
- Free measurement and quote.
- Free installation for qualified products.
- Free temporary window coverings.
- Unbeatable product warranties.
- Repairs and maintenance performed by our experienced service technicians.
- Quick turnaround times from sample to installation.
- Excellent and reliable customer support.
- DIY guidance and resources.
- Quality shutters from as low as $89.
- Free delivery in Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra (limited time only).