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A Guide To Buying Window Shutters

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The interior trend for plantation shutters continues to gather pace. It’s now one of the top four best-selling products from Apollo Blinds, quickly catching up ever-popular roller blinds, verticals and venetians.

Although quite uniform in appearance: not all shutters are the same and there are quite a few considerations when it comes to buying shutters; when it comes to cost, style, materials and finish.

Here’s the Apollo Blinds’ buyer’s guide to shutters, for helping homeowners to make the right choice for their requirements and budget.

“The Rolls Royce of Shutters” – Real Wood Shutters

There is undoubtedly something special about top quality hard wood. Homeowners looking for top of the range made-to-measure shutters will enjoy the benefits of real wood plantation shutters – a luxurious investment for the home; they exude sophistication and are incredibly hardwearing.

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Hard wood options such as Apollo’s Custom West Phoenix shutter (£365 pm2) made from a light, eco-friendly timber are ideal for tier on tier shutter installations.

Or the Carolina, made with a robust Forestry Stewardship Certified Paulinia wood, starts from £398 pm2 and is available in a wide range of painted, stained or custom colour finishes (at an additional charge).

While the affordable Boston range is crafted from mixed hardwood panels and MDF frames.  Available in a choice of five white finishes, prices start from £331pm2.

For more choice on colour, homeowners can’t go wrong with the Boston Premium range, which comes in a range of neutral colours including grey, black, white and cream.  Custom colours can be created at an extra charge.

Added bonuses: Modern and period homes often come with unusual shaped windows that can be awkward to dress. Real wood shutters can be customised to fit almost any shape and size of window, no matter how quirky. So for those looking to make their windows a centre piece – shutters will do just that.

Natural wood shutter frames can be made to fit inside the recess of a window or on the outside.

Is there a drawback? Typically hard wood shutters need time to be made-to-measure, so allow a three-month lead time. So hard wood shutter need to be ordered by mid-October for delivery before Christmas.

Although it has many benefits, timber is not best suited to rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms that are prone to damp so a UPVC shutter may be a better option here.

Plastic Fantastic – The numerous benefits of UPVC: water resistant, durable, won’t warp or fade

While top quality wood can justify its price tag, homeowners have got the option of a most ‘cost effective’ wood and can get the look for less with faux wood/MDF shutters, to the untrained eye, it’s not easy to spot the difference!

Apollo’s Seattle MDF shutters are polymer coated making them tough and durable; ideal for high traffic areas around the home such as children’s bedrooms.  Available in five shades of white, they come with the added bonus that they will never need repainting.

Alternatively, and available in a wide range of stunning painted colours, the Georgia range is hybrid construction of MDF panels combined with plastic louvres to enhance their durability.

A buyers guide to shutters for windows

Prices start from £250pmfor MDF / Faux Wood shutters from Apollo Blinds.

Plastic Fantastic – The numerous benefits of UPVC: water resistant, durable, won’t warp or fade  

While top quality wood can justify its price tag, homeowners have the option of a more ‘cost effective’ wood and can get the look for less with UPVC shutters; to the untrained eye, it’s not easy to spot the difference!

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UPVC shutters are by far the best option for kitchens and bathrooms alike, the plastic won’t warp, fade or split in damp areas and they are water resistant and easy to dry on the exterior, therefore making them less likely to develop issues with mildew or mould.

Prices start from £386pm² for UPVC Lifestyle vinyl shutters and they’re available in six shades of white – cotton, pearl and vanilla. They can be installed within just four weeks following an in home design consultation and measuring service.

Apollo’s Lifestyle shutter range is water and fade resistant and products come with a 25 year guarantee.  These shutters are all still made-to-measure.

Alternatively the ABS Hollywood collection is created from closed cell composite technology and is completely waterproof. Hollywood shutters are also fitted with a stainless steel hinge which will not rust. Prices start at £365pm².

Drawbacks: The waterproof material comes in fours shades of white but cannot be custom coloured.

So what about style? A buyer’s guide to shutter terminology!

Louvered panels vs. Solid Panels

Louvered panels have horizontal slats that are angled to admit light and air, but to keep out direct sunshine and noise.

Best for: versatile louvered panels are suited to all rooms.

Louvres are available in a choice of five different slat sizes.

Design tip: the width of louvre should always reflect the proportions of both the window and the room.

Tilt options: the tilt rod can run down the centre of the shutter or be offset to one side to give it a cleaner look. For a completely uninterrupted view of the shutter opt for ‘Easy Tilt’ – simply lift or lower one of the louvres and the rest will follow suit.
Solid panels cover the window with a panel but can be opened or folded back to allow light in.

Best for: drafty period properties.

Tier on tier vs. Café style

Tier on Tier: Two panels operate independently of each other to offer full control over light and privacy.  Best for: bedrooms and bathrooms.

Café Style – Panels are fitted to offer privacy at the lower half of the window only enabling light to flood through the top. Best for: providing privacy in urban areas.

Other shutter options

Full height – panels cover the full height of the window.  Best for: French or patio doors.

Tracked – slide on a track to concertina back. Best for: larger windows and sliding doors.

Shaped – Bespoke panels for awkward shaped windows.  Best for: unusual shaped windows.

For your nearest stockist, more information and to make an appointment for a no obligation FREE Quote & Measure, visit www.apollo-blinds.co.uk or call 01924 413 048.