When it comes to making the tough choice of what to use for interior window coverings, most people consider blinds and/or drapery treatments. Both have their pros and cons, although there’s another option that usually wins hands down – Shutters! With their crisp, elegant look and a variety of advantages and benefits, shutters are the perfect solution for those who want their window coverings to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
1. Interior Shutters vs. Curtains and Draperies
Depending on the material they’re made from, curtains and draperies range from the most inexpensive option for window coverings, to the most expensive. However, they also have the fewest benefits. When draperies are closed, they block out most of air and light and they do offer ample privacy; however draperies made out of thinner fabrics may provide less privacy. Open drapes allow air flow, however the disadvantage is that there is little light control. Open curtains offer no privacy whatsoever, often allowing others to see straight into the house from the street. They tend to attract dust and generally need cleaning at least twice per year. Depending on the fabric, dry cleaning might be necessary.
Alternately, Eclipse Shutters offer complete control of how much airflow and light enter a room. The tilt-bar allows the louvers to be adjusted from a clear and open view to total privacy, while still allowing air to flow freely. Unlike wood shutters, faux-wood Eclipse Shutters are very easy to care for, as they can simply be wiped down or washed in place as necessary.
2. Interior Shutters vs. Blinds
Blinds are similar to interior shutters, but differ greatly in material, look and value. Blinds do offer more control than curtains when it comes to privacy and airflow, but simply don’t compare to California or Plantation shutters when considering aesthetics. In addition, because of their construction, they offer minimal insulation and energy efficiency benefits.
3. Advantages of Shutters
Shutters offer a streamlined look that can really pull a room together. With shutters, the louvers are controlled by the center or rear tilt-bar for a seamless look. Though lightweight, Eclipse Shutters are sturdy and engineered to add the benefit of energy efficiency, blocking out the suns hot rays in the summer and cold drafts in the winter. Aside from their effortlessly elegant look, Eclipse Shutters offer advantages in addition to those mentioned above. Unlike many other brands of shutters, Eclipse Shutters can be expected to last at least 25 years with minimal care. Eclipse Shutters won’t be damaged by the sun since they’re UV resistant, and can’t be damaged by water or steam in high moisture areas. Their greatest advantage is for those who seek control over both light and airflow into their homes. Unlike draperies and blinds, shutters provide ultimate control over both.